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Lars and the Real Girl

Released: 2007

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Craig Gillespie

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, R.D. Reid, Kelli Garner, Nancy Beatty

A strange young man begins a romantic relationship with a blow-up doll.

A quirky odd almost want to laugh but shouldn't movie.

Review by: DainBinder

Added: 7 years ago

Lars and the Real Girl (2007) is a quirky odd almost want to laugh but shouldn't movie. It stars Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom; a socially challenged and mentally delusional man that lives in his brother's garage. Lars hates to be touched in anyway and barely speaks because of his shyness.

He announces to his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and his wife Karin (Emily Mortimer) that he has met someone over the internet. Bianca is from Brazil and is wheelchair bound. When she arrives they will all have diner to meet and get to know each other. Gus and Karin are astonished when they meet her - she is a full-size life-like doll that Lars ordered off the internet.

They have always known he was weird but this recent act makes them very concerned for him. They devise a way for him to get help while seemingly supporting him and Bianca. Soon the entire town is on it and is spending time with her, she even gets a job. Lars is deeply in love with her but cannot live with her since she is very religious and will not move in with a man unless she is married. She stays in the main house with the brother and wife caring for her.

At work he finally meets a real girl (Margo) and they go out bowling while Bianca attends a school board meeting. They have a wonderful time together but Lars just wants to be friends as he will not cheat on Bianca.

7 out of 10 - PG-13 - I found the movie interesting and was thoroughly impressed with Ryan Gosling's role; he is proving to be one of the great actors of our time. I wish there was a little more to the film, once I began to connect with the characters (even the doll) the movie soon ended. Still worth a watch and there is no freaky stuff that goes on with the doll. It is a slower pace peculiar movie and may not be for everyone.