Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sex-related content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nancy Oliver
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 15, 2008
Box Office: $5.8M
Runtime:
MGM/Sidney Kimmel Entertainment - Official Site

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Cast


as Lars Lindstrom

as Reverend Bock

as Mrs. Gruner

as Mr. Hofstedtler

as Mr. Shaw

as Mrs. Schindler

as Mrs. Petersen

as Russell

as Nurse Amy

as Victoria
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Critic Reviews for Lars and the Real Girl

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (43)

Lars And The Real Girl is a film without compare, about as far removed from conventional comedy as it's possible to be.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

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

Full Review… | May 8, 2011
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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010
Suite101.com

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

Full Review… | August 26, 2009
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.

Full Review… | August 10, 2009
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.

Full Review… | November 9, 2008
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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.

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Spencer S.

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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.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Kevin M. Williams

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