Film

You’re fired

OUT NOW! Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts pretend to be poor people.

This is the result of people who have not lived in the real world for decades trying to be topical. Hanks does a good nice guy, but he is entirely unconvincing, both as a ‘Umart’ salesman getting fired and as a mature student taking classes so that this never happens to him again, almost as unconvincing as his fellow students. Larry Crowne is his baby – he directed and co-wrote the script – but especially the latter sounds like it was supplied by a community college rhetorics class of the kind he’s taking in the film.

Larry Crowne | Directed by Tom Hanks (USA 2011) with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts. Opens June 30