Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts star in “Larry Crowne” opening this weekend. Let’s look at their first movie together.
Based on a true story, Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks), a congressman from Texas, has an unexpected impact in aiding the Afghans against the Soviet Union in the early 1980s. He joins forces with a CIA operative and a Texas Socialite (Julia Roberts) to push their agenda.
I was not familiar with the events depicted in this film before watching it. One of the great things about America is that people with strong convictions on issues can at times make a real difference. With that being said I also saw a lot of what I believe Americans fear from their politicians too. Charlie slept with a married woman, surrounded himself by scantily clad women and enjoyed the party scene. Charlie was an average politician, but pushed his personal agenda through by making deals with the other congressman to obtain what he wanted.
Without trying to get into a political discussion, I definitely didn’t see that this portrayed our government in a trustworthy light. Initially we were supporting the Afghan efforts with $ 5 million U.S. dollars after Charlie was through it turned into $500 million. I was disappointed with the way the story was told, there was a lack of character building and I didn’t feel engaged. I’m sure this is a great story of our history but the movie didn’t have heart. I’m not sure if this is what the movie makers were trying to portray but I walked away thinking Charlie Wilson won the Cold War almost single-handedly.
Motherly Advice: ClearPlay did its best to filter most of the bad language, but it didn’t filter all of the undesirable content. There was so much language that I actually found this movie hard to follow at times because of all the filtering that needed to be done. There were many scantily dressed women; drug references and scenes that included drug use. If you are looking for a movie with “morals” this isn’t the one for you. I wouldn’t recommend this move for anyone under the age of 18.
Hannah – Movie Mom still proud to be an American!