Larry Crowne Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 4/10
A middle aged man loses his job, meets an annoying college student, and a jaded professor, his life changes, the end. I am not being cruel, but that is really it. The movie has moments that made me smile and even a giggle or two, however, it’s flat for me. My husband’s quote is this fine rave “I intensely dislike this movie.” WOW, that’s not a good sign. He likes movies that no one likes!! The thing is, Larry Crowne isn’t BAD bad, it’s just blah. It’s got a nice message, when you are down and out, get over it and move on.  We have seen it in many stories, of course, something about this telling is just so empty, heartless, while trying to have this big squishy heartfelt thing….it doesn’t work for me.

It’s not a crime to dislike a Tom Hanks movie. It’s not a sin to dislike a Julia Roberts movie. Now that we have that clear, we can accept anything that’s not a buttkissing review.

The cast is OK, well, not really. I intensely dislike the youthful college brat who changes Larry Crowne’s appearance and does it in that very extremely annoying way. Her boyfriend was equally ick, and even worse, super boring.

The premise of an aging man losing his job because he’s not got a college degree is fair enough. I get it, it’s reality and it sucks. The thing is, Larry never seems very down and out. He buys a scooter and tries to sell his expensive golf clubs in a yard sale, other than that we don’t see any economic suffering. He mulls over the benefits of keeping his expensive house and big SUV. These are not things that endear a character to me.

Let me just keep on the topic of that annoying young woman who is the one who comes around to untuck Larry’s shirt, get his hair cut, change his style, rearrange his house, beebop around with that endlessly hippy-dippy la la la thing and I do not like that in real life, nor in a movie. She’s the worst part of the movie, and I would even go so far to say that if she had been replaced with a toned down version of an inspiring character I would have liked the whole of the movie much better.

There will be a lot of people who love this movie. It’s mushy and medium and safe and there is nothing gritty or sharp about it at all. If you like happy happy rosey looks at life, this is the one for you. I know I’m not that person so it fell super flat for me.

Features: /10

  • Deleted Scenes – A set of deleted scenes presented in HD, they do not add much to the experience but there is a better firing sequence to watch.
  • The Making Of Larry Crowne – A short EPK style feature that has quite a few insights into how this movie got made.
  • Fun On Set – B-Roll footage of crazy antics on the set. Oh and guess what Julia Roberts does in her downtime? She knits!!!!

Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
The cover is actually alright. I like the slight weirdness of it and after having seen the movie I understand the moment it represents. I would not have this as a poster. The menu is nothing, just the standard blu-ray style with still images.

Audio & Video: 8/10 (By Ascully)
Larry Crowne comes to Blu-Ray in a barebones disc with very little in the way of extras. The transfer also continues the trend with a ordinary transfer that looks simply OK. The VC1 encode is presented in 240:1 aspect ratio and overall has a very soft look for a movie produced in 2011. There are also a few instances of crush which is surprising as Universal have fared very well this year with new releases (catalog releases not so much).

Thankfully on the audio side of things Larry Crowne comes to life. The DTS HD-Master Audio mix is lifelike and quite accurate. You wouldn’t expect much in the way of surround sound effects in a romantic comedy such as this but in one scene I turned to my wife and said “I heard where that landed right behind your chair”

I am not a huge fan of this movie and the Blu-Ray is also fairly ordinary. I am not sure how two huge stars like Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts could have been interested in such a vanilla smelling product. For my first movie of 2012 I was disappointed hopefully things pick up in the coming weeks.

Value: 4/10
I am not going to be fair. This movie is not worth buying, but if you want to try it, rent it, watch it online, whatever. Invest the smallest amount of cash you possibly can to experience Larry Crowne. It might make it more enjoyable:)

Overall Score 5/10