Hot For Teacher: Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks, right) woos his public speaking professor (Julia Roberts) in the midst of restarting his life after being laid off. Despite Roberts' lively performance, the film lacks enough emotional honesty to feel like an open reflection of current economic times. Bruce Talamon/Universal Studios hide caption

toggle caption Bruce Talamon/Universal Studios

Wine And Dine: There's more than meets the eye to Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce), who only seems like he's throwing a large dinner party. Whatever fun there is to be had in this overstuffed film comes from Pierce's outrageous hallucinations. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

toggle caption Magnolia Pictures

Pajama Party: Terri (Jacob Wysocki) drifts through empty school days in his sleepwear until Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly) decides to take him under his wing. The film adeptly mines humor from a protagonist who wanders around the fringes of a dissatisfying life. ATO Pictures hide caption

toggle caption ATO Pictures

A man walks past the debris on June 12, 2011 in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. Japanese government has been struggling to deal with the earthquake and tsunami as well as the troubled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The fear of infectious disease outbreak is mounting due to the humid rainy season and delay of the debris clearing. Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

A man reads about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez' meeting with Fidel Castro on a newspaper glued to a wall in Caracas,on June 29, 2011. Amid suspicion that Chavez is seriously ill, the president canceled an upcoming summit. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images

Protesters demonstrate outside the Hyatt Regency hotel where the CFO Executive Summit was being held on June 14, 2011 in Chicago. A couple thousand demonstrators joined in to call for an end to corporate tax breaks while unemployment in Chicago is at 9 percent and home foreclosures are the second highest in the nation. President Obama has called for an end to tax breaks for the wealthy. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Scott Olson/Getty Images

In this May 2009 photo, Maya Ramirez, a single mother of five, helps her daughter with homework. Ramirez lives in El Centro Calif., which has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption David McNew/Getty Images

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor