Tom Hanks collaborated with Nia Vardalos on the screenplay for this middle-aged rom-com, and it plays like one of her lonely-girl comedies (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Life in Ruins, I Hate Valentine’s Day) with the focus shifted to the male love interest. Hanks is a store manager who gets canned and enrolls in community college to earn a business degree, and Julia Roberts takes the Vardalos role as the crabby professor who teaches him public speaking. There’s some cute stuff involving Hanks and some teenagers who tool around campus on scooters, but an utter lack of chemistry between him and Roberts dooms the movie. Hanks directed; with Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Pam Grier, George Takei, and Rita Wilson.
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