Few movie stars ever make it to the top of Hollywood's A-List. But
Larry is divorced and strapped with a huge mortgage he can't pay off. He gets laid off from his job at a big box store. He goes through multiple rejections for new employment and must upgrade his job interview skills. Needing to retrain himself in several ways, he enrolls at the local community college.
What develops is a congenial story of new possibilities. There are a couple of big laughs, but this small film generates a constant stream of smiles and mellow amusement. It's Tom Hank's version of a quiet, anti-blockbuster movie for the summer.
Mechanical overload in
Short bursts of humor kept my brain from shifting to autopilot.
But if it wasn't for him, there'd be no need for his leggy girlfriend, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whitely). Her job is to wear wildly inappropriate office attire and strike a pose for the 3-D cameras.
The climactic battle between noble Autocons and evil Decepticons is a technical, soulless wonder. There's the requisite Michael Bay slow-motion shot of well-muscled guys strutting their stuff down the street. And best of all — Carly's makeup remains runway-perfect!
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.