Tom Hanks directed, produced, and co-wrote the Larry Crowne script with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Hanks is not really accomplished as a screenwriter. The rule in Hollywood is that you either place normal people in an extraordinary situation or extraordinary people in normal situations. The film is about an adult man who works at U-Mart (the equivalent of Wal-Mart in this film's universe) and decides to go to college for the first time after being laid off for his lack of education. A normal person in a normal situation doesn't usually thrill moviegoers.