Sunday, August 7, 2011

Larry Crowne

Yesterday Harry took me on a date.
He remembered I had said I would like to see the latest movie with Julia Roberts in, so he said "Let me take you to the movies".

We went to the Lido in Centre Place in Hamilton, which is very nicely revamped in black and gold, with recliners and double couches in the theatre.

Lido Cinema
Livingstone was proud to be involved in the construction of the decadent new Lido Cinema located at Centre Place situated on The Balcony. Completed in late 2009 this high end cinema features the latest in new styles and trends setting the scene for a truly luxurious cinema experience. Chandeliers hang from the ceiling and intricate detailing lines the walls and floors of the cinema offset by the large leather chairs. They offer hand rolled ice-creams, wine and beer bar facilities, spacious seating all in the most luxurious of settings. They feature a mix of art house and mainstream movies. 


Larry Crowne is a movie about a middle-aged Navy veteran (Tom Hanks) who is fired from his job at a big-box store, despite his seniority and satisfactory work, because the company has decided that his lack of a college education impedes any chance of advancement.

Larry, who is divorced and lives alone, cannot find a job and he almost loses his house. A neighbor advises him to enroll in the local community college and get an education in order to get better opportunities in the future.

At the college, Larry makes friends quickly with his younger classmates, and he's befriended by hip Vespa-driving Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a fellow student who takes him under her wing, gives him a makeover, and with a little feng shui turns his house into something resembling mid-century cool. Larry also purchases a scooter, studies economics and begins to work at a diner kitchen, having been a Navy cook. Larry also falls in love with an unhappily married teacher, Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts). 

To be honest I was a little disappointed in the movie as it was a bit weak in the story line and although I really like Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts acting, the movie lacked any real excitement.
The odd laugh out loud is probably more suited for a wet Sunday afternoon DVD show, than a 'money spend' at the movies.


  1. I haven't been to the movies in years. Hope you still enjoyed the 'date' even if the movie was a disappointment. Maa

  2. A comment from a friend...

    "But - let's remember this was a lovely date and outing from the blue - be grateful for the small tokens and receive with the grace it deserves - the movie a sideline benefit!"


    Yes It was special, even if a late lunch was from McDonald's. There is something about going out on your own together after 5 children that is pretty special.