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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

tomatometer

81

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 134
Fresh: 109 | Rotten: 25

Lars and the Real Girl could've so easily been a one-joke movie. But the talented cast, a great script, and direction never condescends to its character or the audience.

76

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 10

Lars and the Real Girl could've so easily been a one-joke movie. But the talented cast, a great script, and direction never condescends to its character or the audience.

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 103,910

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Movie Info

Lars Lindstrom is a loveable introvert whose emotional baggage has kept him from fully embracing life. After years of what is almost solitude, he invites Bianca, a friend he met on the internet to visit him. He introduces Bianca to his brother Gus and his wife Karen, and they are stunned. They don't know what to say to Lars or Bianca--because she is a life-size doll, not a real person and he is treating her as though she is alive. They consult the family doctor Dagmar who explains this is a

PG-13,

Comedy

Nancy Oliver

Apr 15, 2008

$5.8M

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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (25) | DVD (18)

Under Mr. Gillespie's admirably directed seriousness of tone, the performers, particularly Mr. Gosling, Ms. Mortimer, Mr. Schneider, Ms. Clarkson, Ms. Gardner and Mr. Reid, never miss a beat.

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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...we're surprised to find that it's possible to feel a real emotional attachment to an anatomically correct girl made of quality plastic.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Lars and the Real Girl remains suspended somewhere between perversity and pap, with only Gosling hinting at the mingling that might have been.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (2)
Toronto Star
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A sweet little fable about how a delusional man-child is helped by the loving ministrations of his family and community, the kind of throwback flick where human nature is seen as inherently good -- a notion so quaint that it feels damn near buoyant.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Initially sounds perverted but ends up being just the opposite.

October 26, 2007
Miami Herald
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It's the script by Nancy Oliver, the very idea of the thing, that steals your heart. Kink has never felt so sweet and decent.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Lars And The Real Girl is a film without compare, about as far removed from conventional comedy as it's possible to be.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Sweet, sad and funny...an entertaining fable about the phenomenon of socially crippled singles. [Blu-ray]

May 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Nancy Oliver's sincere, graceful script about working through grief with the help of tolerance and patience deftly avoids introducing artificial drama. And, as Lars, the reliably terrific Ryan Gosling gives a warm, earnest performance.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

A delusional but sweet psychological drama about a young man treated for a bizarre delusional disorder with unconditional love.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Overall, an imperfect gem. In its successful attempt to go for the heart, "Lars and the Real Girl" stumbles a bit. I would have cast Michael Cera in the lead role.

August 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Comments (7)
Hollywood Report Card

No es una gran película, pero sí una historia original que logra llegar a buen puerto y hasta conmovernos. Estupenda labor de Ryan Gosling.

November 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

It's certainly not a bad movie, but not everything it could've been.

August 31, 2008 Full Review Source: ABC News (Australia)
ABC News (Australia)

This script by Nancy Oliver (Six Feet Under) is a delicate, bittersweet, and often sad story of a lost, fragile man and the people who love him.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

A plea for compassion and understanding; its lack of the negative side of human nature almost makes it seem desperate in that regard, but overall it's deft at achieving its goal.

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Comment (1)
Window to the Movies

It's a movie driving in neutral. It never really gets as clever, as emotional or as funny as I wanted it too.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Triple J | Comments (2)
Triple J

The story may sound intolerably precious, but 'Lars and the Real Girl' is disarmingly sweet and quietly affecting.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Lars and the Real Girl proves love is blind - and it can be inanimate as well.

April 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

a strange flick

April 9, 2008

A kind of Invasion Of The Silicone Body Snatchers, this weirdly affecting tall tale is about a loony guy and his entire delusional small town falling in PG love with a certainly not politically correct but irrefutably anatomically correct, well, sex doll.

April 6, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

This charmer of a film is one that you will never forget. It's funny, overtly moving and uplifting. I want to see it again

March 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A strangely affecting romance with real heart - and another sign that Gosling is one of the best young actors around.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Sweet and honest, but not much more.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

while without question funny at times (and sad at others), [it is] never mocking, degrading or lewd - a true miracle for a film about one man's relationship with a sex doll

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Don't let the movie's premise turn you off to what is one of the most affirming, gratifying films you'll see this year.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

While the film pulls a few punches, its off-kilter sweetness is as inoffensive and likable as a tepid cup of cocoa.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Audience Reviews for Lars and the Real Girl

This is a sly and yet oh so whimsical film about love, loneliness, and the human condition. At its heart it's about one person's long journey from secluded loner to acknowledged friend. The premise surrounds Lars, a man who basically gives up the house he inherited to his brother and his pregnant wife to start their family and goes and lives out in the back shed. He is quiet, contemplative, and obviously mournful of his parents, especially his mother who died when he was young. He is reclusive, and somewhat antisocial, but it's obvious that his family cares about him, that his co-worker likes him, and that he is not ready to advance in the world with so much grief stored up. Enter Bianca, who Lars christens as his girlfriend, and who he brings everywhere with him. The catch is that Bianca is a sex doll, one that is very expensive at that, and Lars follows the delusion that she is real by insisting that she is paraplegic, unable to dress herself or really take care of herself. He goes through the delusion, and everyone around him has to indulge in order for him to move on with his life, including his entire church, his family, and friends and co-workers. The film remains quirky the entire way through, but it is very heartbreaking. As he begins to go through the stages towards acceptance he begins to lose interest in his polyurethane friend and invents barriers between the two of them. As the film unfurls you realize the depths of his own awkward isolation. Not only that but because of his lingering adoration for an inanimate object, and the emotional impact attached to it, everyone around him slowly realizes just how deep and scarred he really is, and that makes everyone adore him all the more. The relationships that are built from his attachment to the doll are really the most important aspect of the film as a whole. Besides being quite off-beat, this film tells a lot about grieving, and a lot about how we deal with the extreme losses in our lives.
April 15, 2013
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

This concept could have bombed in many ways. How do you compellingly film a relationship involving a synthetic, inanimate being? "Cast Away" did it with a volleyball, but the script didn't have to arrange Tom Hanks' character introducing Wilson to his coworkers and loved ones. Absurdity and compassion mix in just the right portions here, gently showing examples on how to be a person. The story progression is tidy, but out of necessity, not laziness or shallowness. The characters have depth and intrigue and are all likeable. I wasn't at all ready to leave any of them.
March 8, 2013
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

Unlikely tale that asks if it takes a community to raise a child, mightn't it take a community to heal one? An individual agonising through some life difficulties makes a unusual choice as a solution ... but instead of ostracising him as any society normally would, the community all out embraces him. Its an interesting supposition, and interestingly played as well.
February 7, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Lars Lindstrom:  Those are nice, huh? And they're not real, so they'll last forever. 

"The search for true love starts outside the box."

Lars and the Real Girl may sound, initially, like somewhat of a weird, maybe even disgusting film. Okay, so it is sort of weird, but not anything like what you would think. One thing it isn't though is disgusting. Instead, it's a beautiful piece of filmmaking from Gillespie. It's wonderfully acted by everyone involved, with amazing performances put in by Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, and Patricia Clarkson. The movie has tremendous heart from beginning to end. 

Lars is a loner who lives in a garage, turned home, across from his brother, Gus, and Gus' wife, Karen. Lars shows up at their front door with extraordinary news one night. He met a girl, Bianca, on the Internet and she's over at his house right now. Gus and Karen couldn't be more excited. That is until Lars and Bianca show up later that night and they realize that Bianca is a sex doll. They soon find out Lars is delusional and truly believes that Bianca is real. When they take him and Bianca to the doctor to get "Bianca" checked out, the doctor tells them it's important for them to play along with Lars' delusion. 

The plot may sound off-putting to some, but I can't stress how important it is to not worry about how weird it sounds going in. Beneath the plot, there's a heartwarmingly, true to life story being told. I won't lie and say that you will no doubt love this film, but if you give it a chance, there's a good chance you will. This is easily one of Gosling's best performances to date. He pulls off a role that you don't really think of him in, and he does it with such effectiveness. He's 100% believable as Lars.

I really ended up falling in love with this movie. It's slow, quiet, and doesn't try to create humor out of the doll, as much as you think it would. Still, it has moments that are extremely funny. It's a dramedy in every sense of the genre, and is one of the more effective ones I've seen in quite a long time at combining drama and comedy. In the end, this is a film I highly recommend. For Gosling fans, it's a must watch.
January 20, 2013
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Melvin White

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    1. Gus: You become an adult when: you decide to do right... and not just for you, but for everybody... even when it hurts.
    – Submitted by Dan F (19 months ago)
    1. Lars: Well, you're never gonna believe this...see Bianca's from the tropics...she's Brazilian...oh and Danish...
    – Submitted by Lisa N (22 months ago)
    1. Lars: [after giving some flowers to Bianca] See they're even fake so they'll never die.
    – Submitted by Kenny C (3 years ago)
    1. Gus: A delusion? What the hell is he doing with the delusion for christ sake?
    – Submitted by Aneth F (3 years ago)
    1. Lars: I was talking to Bianca, and she was saying that in her culture they have these rites of passages and rituals and cermonies, and, just all kinds of things that, when you do them, go through them, let you know that you're an adult? Doesn't that sound great?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Karin: They never fight
    – Submitted by Elisa C (3 years ago)
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