Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are teaming up for “Larry Crowne,” in what could be one of the seminal films of the year. It’s about an everyday man who loses his job in the Great Recession and finds a way to reinvent himself.
He meets Roberts, who plays an alcoholic teacher, when he signs up for classes at the local junior college.
Although the film is billed as a romantic comedy, the first for them after more serious fare, it also has a strong social message.
Instead of wallowing in self-pity or descending into poverty and despair, Hanks’ decides to go back to college.
It is a profoundly optimistic movie, an ode to opportunities in the worst of times, according to W magazine, which interviewed the two stars in its latest issue.
“The movie is about combating cynicism. People are naturally optimistic, but you have to choose to walk away from cynicism,” Hanks said.
“I had this idea about a unique guy who loses his job and then, at the end of the movie, realizes that it was the best thing that ever happened to him. He thought he was going to die, but it turned out great!
“People are afraid of change. People say, I can’t do this or that. Why? Because I’d have to change something.
“Well, yes: You should change. The idea of change makes them nervous, but I think change is good. Always,” he added.
Hanks said he also liked the redemptive value of junior college.
“When I went to junior college, I was in classes with middle-aged housewives, guys right out of the navy, and all kinds of other people. I found that intriguing,” said Hanks, who wrote and directed the movie.
For her part, Roberts called the film “topical, but very positive.”
It contains this moment in history in a very interesting way. The movie says, You can lose your job and your way and still rescue yourself. Larry Crowne creates a self-excavated utopia, and I love that idea, that message.”
Check out the trailer below.