Larry Crowne is a 2011 romantic comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, directed by Hanks himself. The film tells the story of a middle-aged man who loses his job and decides to enroll in college, where he meets and falls in love with his public-speaking teacher.
The film features a soundtrack that relies heavily on solid radio standards from Tom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), with some occasional detours into pop-rap (Swingfly) and oldies territories (Smokey Robinson). The soundtrack was composed by James Newton Howard, who also wrote an original instrumental piece called “French Toast” that closes the film with a gentle, Sunday morning-inspired vibe.
The music behind Larry Crowne reflects the film’s reinvention, optimism and romance themes. The songs are upbeat, catchy and nostalgic, creating a contrast with the protagonist’s initial situation of unemployment and boredom. The songs also help to establish the mood and tone of each scene, from the energetic opening sequence with ELO’s “Hold On Tight” to the tender finale with Tom Petty’s “Walls (No. 3)”.
The soundtrack also showcases the diversity and talent of the artists involved, from the classic rock legends Tom Petty and ELO to the emerging pop star Sky Ferreira and the indie singer-songwriter Jarrod Gorbel. The soundtrack also includes some lesser-known gems, such as Gigi’s “The Hundredth Time” and Tyler Hilton’s “Faithful”, which add some variety and charm to the mix.
The music behind Larry Crowne is a unique soundtrack for a charming comedy, that enhances the film’s appeal and message. The soundtrack is a perfect companion for anyone who enjoys good music and good stories.
Larry Crowne is now showing on Malaysia’s Astro Go On Demand.