Lars and the Real Girl

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lars and the Real Girl
Lars is a sweet but shy guy who has a hard time talking with his family, coworkers, and neighbors. Although his family fears the worst when Lars brings home a life-sized companion doll who he thinks is a real girlfriend, named Bianca, a doctor encourages them to play along with him so that he can work through his delusions. The whole community rallies to his support, and Lars begins to deal with all of his emotions. He even begins to develop feelings for Margo, an attractive co-worker, in what becomes "a hilariously unique love triangle."
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2008
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE L
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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2007. Directed by Craig Gillespie.

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Jan 28, 2015
  • Nursebob rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Lars is a painfully withdrawn loner living in his brother and sister-in-law’s garage. Despite his gentle manner you get the impression he suffers from some severe emotional damage: he has no friends, his conversations consist of one or two sentences, and a simple touch sends him racing for cover. People are forever trying to get him to come out of his shell; his sister-in-law even tackles him in the driveway just to deliver a simple dinner invitation. All this changes one winter day when he begins dating “Bianca”, a life-sized sex doll he ordered on the internet. Not only does he invent an elaborate history for it (Swedish-Brazilian descent, raised by nuns, strictly religious) but he begins taking it to parties where the two of them engage in loving one-way conversations. At first shocked by his aberrant behaviour, his brother listens to the the advice of the compassionate town therapist (a saintly Patricia Clarkson) and accepts Bianca as part of the family, even setting a place for it at the dinner table. As the good doctor helps Lars come to terms with the reasons for his delusion the townsfolk adopt the sex aid as one of their own; giving it a part-time job as a window model, bringing it to visit sick kids, and even electing it to the board of education. Of course, with the spring thaw comes a healing breakthrough involving tears and dewy-eyed close-ups as Lars begins to discover real girls... Despite some great performances this “inflatable-chick” flick is a manipulative one-joke weeper that takes a cute idea and runs it into the ground; the ending is almost too embarrassing to watch. All those quirky characters and homespun wisdom are just so much fluff designed to make the movie look less ridiculous than it really is. Perhaps Gillespie was aiming for the same idiosyncratic charm as Fargo, but all he delivers is a nauseatingly saccharine musing on the curative power of insanity. Uggh!

Oct 29, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Gosling does a great job in this movie. Overall a very interesting movie, quite touching and overall quite good. Worth the watch.

May 14, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this quite funny.

May 09, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love this movie so much. Lars is eccentric but harmless; as the movie unwinds, we learn the cause of some of his eccentricity; and as the town where he lives fully accepts him and shows him their love through the manner he chooses, the healing begins. Sweet, funny, very touching. Just a wonderful mixture of the very ordinary and the extraordinary.

Feb 11, 2014
  • ktnv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent, excellent, touching and sensitive. Ryan Gosling does a great job.

Jan 06, 2014
  • ms_mustard rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

surprising plot - surprisingly good. very touching relationships - both family and community. the healing of a soul.

Oct 27, 2013
  • JeanieG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I heard that this movie did not make a lot of money but was well liked by the critics. I think that people were put off by the idea that it would be about sex because Lars buys a "real" doll meant for that purpose.

In fact sex is not what this movie is about. It is a sweet, loving story of one mans inability to form a close relationship -except with Bianca, the doll. The sweet part is that this affects everyone in this small town.

I guess it does take a village . . .

Oct 18, 2013
  • love_my_library_card rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Oddball but entertaining movie, although Ryan Gosling's tics and mannerisms were tiresome after a while.

May 28, 2013
  • Bookworm39 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very Entertaining, sad, funny, and touching.

Sep 18, 2012
  • cdg71602 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Unusual plot. Touching and deep. Ryan Gosling really is amazing!

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Apr 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.


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Apr 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Apr 11, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Reverend Bock: Lars asked us not to wear black today. He did so to remind us that this is no ordinary funeral. We are here to celebrate Bianca's extraordinary life. From her wheelchair, Bianca reached out and touched us all, in ways we could never have imagined. She was a teacher. She was a lesson in courage. And Bianca loved us all. Especially Lars. Especially him.

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