If I had a successful career in film as an actor, with a few directing jobs under my belt I would try my hand at writing too like Tom Hanks has in this movie. If I were to speak for him based on my interpretation of the movie; I think Tom wanted a realistic movie that didn’t shy away from the real personalities he may have come across in his years but he also wanted a wholesomeness that showed
still had some values. Larry Crown is played by Tom Hanks and he is a very simple man who was probably divorced by his wife for his lack of worldliness. He works hard and that is why he is jilted by his firing when he finds out he is not able to be promoted when the downsizing happens which leads to his pink slip. A lack of education is sighted as the reason which is perplexing to him since he feels he should be able to remain in the same position. He is mocked and jeered for his simple expectations, which are the opposite of the company’s desire to move people up the ladder. Perhaps Hanks was trying to make a statement here knowing someone that this happened to. America
Unfortunately this movie does lag in some spots but not long enough to stop me from watching the whole movie through or enjoying it as a whole. There are even a few very funny scenes like when Larry and Mercedes kiss for the first time or the drunk scene with Mercedes. Julia delivers a wonderful performance and it’s no wonder these two very talented actors are good friends. I can picture them all having dinner in their home while consuming bottle after bottle of wind and laughing themselves silly.