Film Review- Lars and The Real Girl

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Lars and The Real Girl is a odd but touching black comedy directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Six Feet Under writer Nancy Oliver. Ryan Gosling is Lars an eccentric, shy recluse who lives in his elder brothers garage in a small town.

One day Lars has a surprise visitor whom he met over the internet, he excitedly introduces Bianca to his bewildered brother and his brothers wife played by Paul Schneider and Emily Mortimer. At first hearing the news they are all overwhelmed with joy that Lars may finally have found a nice girl, of course Bianca is no ordinary girl she is in fact a sex doll that Lars ordered over the internet. Lars appears to have developed a mental condition where he believes Bianca is actually a living breathing person, who he just happens to be in love with. After initially panicking his family rush Lars to see the local doctor who explains to them the only possible cure of Lars’ delusion is for them to all just play along with it and make Bianca feel as welcome as possible. As you can only guess an interesting and often at times comical series of events unfolds as the town welcomes Bianca their unconventional guest with open arms.

I will definitely say this film is different and often refreshingly so. I do enjoy unconventional relationships, this pretty much being as unconventional as you could possibly get. The acting is superb and at times the script is pure genius, I did feel that what initially started off as an extremely interesting idea did run out of steam towards the end. Sadly the final moments of the film weren’t as memorable or inventive as I hoped they would be. I would recommend this film if you want to see a film that’s heart warming, comical and makes you consider what it is to be human but I do think the film could have been more ground breaking. A very enjoyable if not strange viewing delight.

  • just saw Lars and the Real Girl, Gosling did a great job playing out his character’s psychological transition from totally dysfunctional to somewhat functional; it was nice of them to leave out the predictable small-town drama as well