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Lars Lindstrom is just getting through life. He holds down a nondescript office job, occupies the garage apartment behind his childhood home, where his brother and sister-in-law Karin now live. He lives in near isolation, avoids human contact—literally, his social life consists of weekly church attendance and chats with his co-worker with whom he shares an office cubicle.
Comedy - Despite the outrageous premise, this is not a raunchy film at all but
a rather gentle story about acceptance and overcoming grief. Still,
more sensitive and conservative viewers may take some offense just by
the mere presence of the doll, and the film may come off as simply
odd for some.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Lars and the Real Girl is an example of how even the most ridiculous premise can be used to construct a smart, touching motion picture.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good There are so many ways 'Lars and the Real Girl' could have gone wrong that one of the film's fascinations is how adroitly it sidesteps them. Its weapon is absolute sincerity.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Lars and the Real Girl is a tenderly observed and affecting Capra-esque fable that is well-acted and gently funny.
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When Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling) introduces his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and
sister-in-law Karin (Emily Mortimer) to his new friend Bianca, who he met on the internet, their
immediate response is shock and disbelief. Has Lars, the sweet, socially challenged introvert
gone completely mad— they meet Bianca and see a doll, but Lars sees a friend. Bianca isn't a
real woman at all but a Real Doll, how will they explain this to the residents of the sleepy
Midwestern town they've grown up in and currently reside? Karin and Gus consult the town's
family physician, Dr. Dagmar Berman (Patricia Clarkson), who advises them to go along with it.
Lars is experiencing a delusion and in order to help him through this crisis, they and the
townsfolk need to get onboard. After some persuasion and appeal to their love and concern for
Lars, Gus and Karin enlist their cooperation. Soon Bianca is attending church, modeling at the
local dress shop, volunteering at the hospital and accompanying Lars to his first ever social
events. Surprisingly to those around her, Bianca weaves her way into the hearts of everyone she
meets, filling voids they didn't know they had.
What follows is an emotional, comical, transformative journey for Lars and the people