The sum is less than the parts in Tom Hanks' first feature directing project since "That Thing You Do!" but since the parts involve Hanks and Julia Roberts as the film's stars, benefits can be found. Also the picture's co-writer (with Nia Vardalos), Hanks plays Larry, a newly downsized worker who decides to go to college.
Roberts, who appeared with Hanks earlier in "Charlie Wilson's War," portrays a professor Larry becomes involved with. Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, George Takei ("Star Trek") and Rita Wilson - alias Mrs. Hanks in real life - also appear. DVD extras: two "making-of" documentaries; deleted scenes. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times