Film / Larry Crowne

Larry Crowne is a 2011 comedy starring, co-written, produced and directed by Tom Hanks and co-starring Julia Roberts. Hanks plays a Navy veteran who gets fired from his job at a Target-esque big box store after it is revealed that he never went to college. He decides to enroll at a local community college and in the process finds a new world previously unknown to him. The film documents his first semester and the people around him.

Larry Crowne has examples of the following tropes:

  • Author Appeal: Tom Hanks and Star Trek.
  • Back to School: Larry.
  • Bland-Name Product: Larry's job in the beginning of the film is at a store called U-Mart (an obvious reference to K-Mart) and looks like your average Target.
  • Buxom Is Better as far as Mercedes' husband is concerned.
  • Carrying a Cake: Mercedes' husband is trying to get a cheesecake home.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Evidently. One student gives a presentation on Star Trek, yet no one recognizes that George Takei is an Economics teacher.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Larry is taken to a room full of clothes, and he's asked to try some of them on. As he's stripping down, someone comes in, as Larry is standing there in just his tighty whities.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Talia gets a free tattoo when she starts her shop next to a tattoo parlor. It supposedly means "courageous spirit" but apparently actually reads "soy sauce".
  • Feet-First Introduction: Some introduction shots of Julia Roberts' character begin with her (shoes and then) feet.
  • Late for School: Larry and others.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A subversion. Talia initially seems to be set up for this role, but she never becomes Larry's love interest. In fact, she turns out to be a pretty astute entrepreneur, who respects Larry's grasp of economics. Lampshaded by Mercedes and Dell, who keep expecting this trope to manifest.
  • The Nicknamer: Talia gives nicknames to everyone, herself included.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Subverted, because they wait until Larry graduates.
    • Well they wait until he leaves her class and he dosen't enroll in her next one next fall to purposfully avert this.