Larry Crowne

Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts star in a grown-up romantic comedy about a guy who loses his job - but finds love.

Release date: 1 July 2011

Running time: 99 mins

Certificate: 12A

Director: Tom Hanks

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Cedric the Entertainer, Nia Vardalos

Until recently, likeable Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) was on top of his game a regular U-Mart employee of the month. But popularity isn't enough to protect you from the recession.

Suddenly downsized, Larry finds himself behind with his mortgage and facing an uncertain future filled with empty days. Being a pro-active kind of guy, he heads down to the local college to pick up some marketable job skills.

Here he joins a colourful community of unemployed outcasts and misfits all trying to better themselves. He also finds himself drawn to boozy public speaking teacher Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), who has about as much enthusiasm for her job as she has for her husband.

Just when he thought he'd hit rock bottom, Larry finds a reason to live.

Screenplay: Tom Hanks, Nia Vardalos   Distributor: Optimum

You should see it because: It's a comedy for our times, with a truly stellar leading couple.

See it if you liked: Up in the Air (2009), The Company Men (2010), Cedar Rapids (2011)