Review | Larry Crowne

Credit: Bruce Talamon

Us Rating: **

Julia Roberts plays a cranky, hard-drinking community-college teacher whose new class includes Larry, a jolly, recently laid-off discount-store staffer (Tom Hanks). The actor, who also directed, has crafted a movie around his charms and can-do persona. But Roberts' character is such an awful mess that when Larry arrives on a scooter to rescue her, the audience doesn't buy that they would ever be together. (Universal, $30)