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Lars and the Real Girl

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 0.5 stars out of 5.
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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."
Statement of Responsibility: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Sidney Kimmel Entertainment ; executive producers, William Horberg, Bruce Toll, Whitney Brown, Peter Berg ; produced by Sidney Kimmel, John Cameron, Sarah Aubrey ; written by Nancy Oliver ; directed by Craig Gillespie
Title: Lars and the real girl
[videorecording]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2008
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2007
Special features: The real story of Lars and the real girl; A real leading lady; Deleted scene; Trailers
Credits: Casting by David Rubin and Richard Hicks ; director of photography, Adam Kimmel ; music supervisor, Spring Aspers ; music by David Torn ; costume designer, Kirston Mann ; editor, Tatiana S. Riegel ; production designer, Arv Greywal.
Performers: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner, Patricia Clarkson, Nancy Beatty, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Karen Robinson.
Summary: 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."
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some sex-related content
System Details: DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital surround
Other Language: English (Dolby 5.1) or dubbed Spanish (Dolby surround) dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Delusions Drama Mental health counseling Drama Companion dolls Drama Grief Drama Parents Death Drama Social skills Drama Love United States Drama Man-woman relationships Wisconsin Drama Companion dolls United States Drama Love United States Drama Comedy films. lcsh Feature films. lcsh Romantic comedy films. lcsh Video recordings for the hearing impaired. lcsh Comedy films. gsafd
Genre/Form: Comedy films
Feature films
Romantic comedy films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Comedy films
Topical Term: Delusions
Mental health counseling
Companion dolls
Grief
Parents
Social skills
Love
Man-woman relationships
Companion dolls
Love
Comedy films
Feature films
Romantic comedy films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Comedy films
Publisher No: 110373
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE L
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2007. Directed by Craig Gillespie.


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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!

Aug 29, 2012
  • gemini07 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A wonderful comedy with a sensitive undertone. Ryan Gosling plays a young man whose difficulty with relating to people takes on an interesting twist. How those around him help is a message we all could learn from. Paul Schneider does a wonderful job in the role of the brother. One of Ryan Gosling's best roles.

May 23, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well scripted, and acted, unique love story. Not my kind of movie, but I recognize that it was well done and original. Moves along at a decent pace toward a satisfying conclusion. Emotional at times, with enough timely comedy to lighten the tone and subject matter.

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

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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

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