Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Larry Crowne Offers a Different View of Higher Education

It’s a common story that is becoming more and more common these days: a hardworking man who has been loyal to his place of employment loses his job due to budget cuts. Desperate to improve his station in life, the man decides to pursue a higher education in hopes that this will allow him to find another job and maybe even improve his overall quality of life. Since this is somewhat of a new trend in today’s workforce and education frontiers, it only makes sense that Tom Hanks‘ and Julia Roberts‘ new movie, Larry Crowne, would address this subject.

In Larry Crowne, Hanks portrays the title character, a hardworking man who loses his job at a Wal-Mart-like store. After sitting around his home for a few days, he decides to enroll in an economic and pubic speaking course at his local community college. Roberts plays one of Larry’s teachers, Mercedes Tianot. However, Mercedes dislikes being a teacher and it is quite obvious that she has other things she would rather do than teach a public speaking course, as evidenced by her temporary thrill when she thinks her class only has nine students and, therefore, does not meet the school’s enrollment requirements. As the movie progresses, Larry must learn to overcome his age difference from the other students. It is the relationships that form between Larry, Mercedes, and the other students that keeps this movie interesting.

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Julia Roberts’ Education Background

Julia Roberts was born on October 28, 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia. When Julia was four-years old, her parents divorced. The family moved to Smyrna, Georgia, where Julia attended elementary school, middle school, and high school.julia roberts

Julia was a member of the band during her high school years at Campbell High School and played the clarinet. She dreamed of being a veterinarian, a degree she pursued at Georgia State University. However, she did not graduate. Instead, when her older brother and sister moved to New York City, Julia decided to join them and pursue a career in acting.

Julia’s first movie roll was in “Blood Red,” but she only said two words during the film. Her first claim to fame came in 1988 when she played one of the main characters in “Mystic Pizza.” She became even more popular when the movie “Steel Magnolias” came out in 1989. Read the rest of this entry »


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