Lars and the Real Girl

2008-01-28 15:15
What it's about: 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.

What the critics say:

"A sweet film brought to life by excellent performers, Lars and the Real Girl makes for a very soothing time at the movies."
Filip Vukcevic, IGN Movies

"Lars is played by the endlessly fascinating Ryan Gosling, who perhaps has too much of a taste for damaged characters, but manages the tricky task of both playing Lars' feelings and hinting at their motivations."
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

"Tenderly depicting his characters' human foibles with low-key visual humor, Gillespie never condescends or goes for an easy joke."
Alissa Simon, Variety

"Will no one talk to Lars honestly about the pitfalls of dating a golem?"
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"...we're surprised to find that it's possible to feel a real emotional attachment to an anatomically correct girl made of quality plastic."
Jonathan F. Richards,

"Lars might at first sound like a movie you wouldn't want your kids to see, but it has a heart of gold."
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

"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."
James Berardinelli, ReelViews
A lonely, delusional young man buys a life-size sex doll on the Internet and falls in love with her.

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