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."


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2007. Directed by Craig Gillespie.

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Feb 01, 2015
  • ncs1961 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this for what it was - a fairy tale style fantastical little collection of relationships & exchanges between people who seemed to all know each other pretty well. There are examples of gentle humor, family guilt, wry commentary, sweet affection and patience. Yes, it's one sidedly rose-colored, but considering how many films are so one sidedly not - I say Yay!

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.

Nov 29, 2013
  • SusannahElf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this movie! The way that the whole town rallies around to support Lars and do some very strange things, just because they love him, is very touching. As strange as the plot is, it makes psychological sense, and is very satisfying.

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.

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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

Jul 18, 2008
  • joseph rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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.

Apr 03, 2010
  • NickCR rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Best line of the Movie
Lars:"I have a prior commitment to a school trustees meeting on Friday. Actually, I'll be free after I drop of Bianca. She's been elected to the board." Watch the movie to find out why this line is a scream!


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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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