- Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Rami Malek, Bryan Cranston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Taraji P. Henson, Pam Grier, George Takei, Nia Vardalos, Maria Canals-Barrera, Grace Gummer, Rob Riggle, Cedric the Entertainer, Cole Phillips, Dale Dye, Jon Seda, Ian Gomez, Peter Scolari, Holmes Osborne, Enuka Okuma, Malcolm Barrett, Bob Stephenson, Sy Richardson, Tom Budge, Margot Farley
- Director: Tom Hanks
- Writers: Tom Hanks, Nia Vardalos
- Producers: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks
- Co Producer: Katterli Frauenfelder
- Executive Producers: Jeb Brody, David Coatsworth, Fabrice Gianfermi, Philippe Rousselet, Steve Shareshian
- Art Direction: Carlos Menéndez
- Casting: Jeanne McCarthy
- Costume Design: Albert Wolsky
- D.O.P.: Philippe Rousselot
- Editor: Alan Cody
- Makeup: John Blake
- Music: James Newton Howard
- Production Design: Victor Kempster
- Set Decoration: Cheryl Carasik
Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves...often moving around town in a herd of scooters.
In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Brief strong language and some sexual content
- Production Budget: $32 million
- Production Companies: Playtone Productions, Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he's worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly fre
- Production Schedule: April 21 2010 - June 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Tom Hanks' first directorial effort since 1996's "That Thing You Do", the beloved actor also co-wrote the script with Nia Vardalos about "a man forced to reinvent himself and find a new career as he navigates the second act of his life". In many ways though it's about a significant time that many go through following a major change in their life be it geographical relocation, change in occupation or a change in long-term relationship status. Sometimes it simply is better to chuck everything out and start all over again.
Though he and his "Charlie Wilson's War" co-star Julia Roberts were initially announced as being involved, Hanks revealed the rest of his cast in a highly creative way - he tweeted a photo of a bulletin board containing head shots of all them. Within hours media outlets has rushed to identify and list the actors in their stories about the announcement.
Shot in April last year, there's a sense this could be something akin to NBC's "Community" but with less edgy humour and more heartfelt dramatics. Certainly Hanks and Roberts have a great chemistry together, while "Breaking Bad" Emmy winner Bryan Cranston has a role as Roberts' porn-obsessed husband which should make for a curious love triangle. Hanks posted photos and videos from the set, conveying it to be one of the most relaxed looking and fun film productions to have worked on in recent times. I hope that fun is translated well on screen."