Larry Crowne (2011)

Never too late in life to start living.

Blu-ray, 1h 38min
Rating: 6.1
Votes: 60706
Languages: English
Country: USA
Director: Tom Hanks

Plot outline

After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

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After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college. - Anonymous

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. - Universal Pictures

He's Larry Crowne, unemployed after years as a Navy cook and then a job in big-box retail. He enrolls in community college to be more employable, taking informal speaking, economics 101, and composition. To save money, he parks his SUV and buys a motor scooter, which gains him entrée into a group of young students. She's Mercy Tainot, dissatisfied with teaching and with her marriage to a writer turned blogger. Larry's in Mercy's speech class: he's stiff, by the book, dull. She's cranky and dismissive. Can he find a new place in the world, and can she rediscover the rewards of teaching (and life)? One night he sees her sitting at a bus stop; self-discovery begins.