My Higher Education Panic, or How “Larry Crowne” Induced a Minor Breakdown

A few months ago, while he was underwhelming the rest of the world, Tom Hanks’ most recent character, fiftysomething college student/Julia Roberts-seducer Larry Crowne, sent me into a downward spiral. Maybe not a full-blown nervous breakdown, but certainly an unbecoming, hyperventilating, snot-and-tears meltdown. (To quote Ethan Hawke in one of my favourite films, “Do you find me attractive…? You do. You’re strangely attracted to me right now. You’re oddly, oddly attracted to me.”)

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