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Review: Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

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How on earth did this cast list get by most of the people in the United States without getting at least some recognition? Ryan Gosling’s mustache deserves better!

Lars is a loner who lives in the garage of his brother and sister-in-law’s house. He goes to work and church and goes home. His existence is quite sad actually. His life and the lives of every person in his town are changed when he orders a “real doll” named Bianca and treats her as if she were his new girlfriend. Much to the shock of his family, they promptly send him to the doctor under the disguise of getting Bianca getting looked at. The doctor (Patricia Clarkson) lets them know that Lars has a delusion and that they should go along with it until he no longer needs it. What follows is something out of a TLC My Strange Addiction episode, with the entire town going out of their way to make Bianca feel at home.

I know I might be in the minority with my feelings towards this movie (I watched with 6 people, 4 hated it), but it is one of my favorites. If you get past the absurdity of the plot, it is a character study of a man burdened in loneliness and his past life. The performances, especially that of Gosling, Clarkson and Emily Mortimer are spot on. Honestly, Gosling plays such a complete opposite of his normal types (think Crazy, Stupid, Love or Drive) that Lars takes a while to get accustomed to. But if you follow the unrealistic antics and attach yourself to these characters, Lars and the Real Girl is an amazing and unique story.

My Rating: A-


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