The last time Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts got together on the big screen, I thoroughly enjoyed the result. Their initial pairing was back in 2007 for the Golden Globe-nominated Charlie Wilson’s War, a drastically underrated film that wasn’t seen by nearly enough people.
Now the two A-listers are teaming up again in Larry Crowne, a dramedy that Hanks also co-produced, co-wrote (with My Big Fat Greek Wedding‘s Nia Vardalos) and directed (his second time directing a feature film — the first was That Thing You Do!).
When I watched the first trailer for Larry Crowne back in March, I was completely underwhelmed. In fact, I was actually a bit embarrassed for Hanks and Roberts — it just looked corny. But the new trailer below, which hit the web yesterday, shows a bit more promise.
You guys are well aware that I’m no Roberts fan, but I can usually tolerate her in roles where she can show a rougher side, a little edginess — where it’s not all about her huge smile and trademarked guffaw. There was a moment in the Larry Crowne trailer where I thought, “This is gonna be like Bad Teacher, only in an adult education setting instead of high school.” And that could be a good thing.
Larry Crowne hits theaters on July 1, with Transformers: Dark of the Moon opening two days earlier. But something tells me they’re not going for the same audience… unless the LC marketing team showed great restraint in splicing together that trailer and kept all of the film’s city-destroying battles and explosions a secret. Maybe Hanks’ “scooter gang” ends up fighting alien robots in a race against time to save humanity? It could happen.
Redbox movies from the cast of Larry Crowne: