Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl
Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling, sporting a fantastic moustache) is a loveable introvert whose emotional baggage has kept him from fully embracing life. After years of what is almost solitude, he invites Bianca, a friend he met on the internet, to visit him. He introduces Bianca to his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and his wife Karen (Emily Mortimer) and they are stunned. They don’t know what to say to Lars or Bianca — because she is a life-size doll, not a real person and he is treating her as though she is alive.

They consult the family doctor Dagmar (Patricia Clarkson) who explains this is a delusion he’s created — for what reason she doesn’t yet know but they should all go along with it.
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

If you thought that making a movie where a lonely man falls in love with a sex doll was a silly idea, you were wrong. What might have turned out as a lame extended joke, cooked up by smug creative types who think they're funnier than they are, is actually a sweet, warm comedy that stays well away from cynicism or sarcasm and might win over the most skeptical viewer.

4.0

Good AS GOLD

Gives you plenty to talk about when you leave the theatre, well written and a must see sleeper. See it twice!

5.0

This is rubbish. Predictable and sentimental.

I don't see the fuss. Riddled with "indie" cliches, and surprisingly unfunny. I wasn't moved at all, not an inch.

2.0

3 stars for laughs,

How could you go to a movie about a man and a silicon doll!? We I did, and had a few laughs, but the best laughs came from listening to the rest of the audience reaction.

3.0

Genius

The best movie I've seen this year (that's including There Will Be Blood & No Country for Old Men). Filled with subtle comedic genius.

5.0

French version was smarter

I kind of regret I went to see that movie, especially after watching a brilliant French comedy titled "Monique" released in 2003 with the same bland character, an inflatable doll that is. I loved "Monique" better for several reasons, first the script was written by a woman which offers a very original view on marital relationship. Second the main character,...

2.0

Hard to fault

Saw this in a packed house at Rialto, there's something great about laughing along with heaps of others. And there's something for everyone in this. Fantastic acting, beautifully scripted, well-paced, stunning cinematography and laugh out loud funny. This is truly American independent film as it should be done. I'd say "See this now!" but this one will...

5.0

AN ABSOLUTEL MUST SEE - GOSLING IS AMAZING!

This movie is incredible, the best of the year so far. So unassuming, so heartfelt, and deeply moving. you will laugh, you will cry, and you will Love Lars & The Real Girl, highly recommended.

5.0

Slow, slow and slower

Yes I know many people love this movie and while the story is full of warm fuzzies it could have been more condensed still its a town I would love to live in.

1.0
Variety

Variety

press

Helmer Craig Gillespie's sweetly off-kilter film plays like a Coen brothers riff on Garrison Keillor's "Lake Woebegone" tales, defying its lurid premise with a gentle comic drama grounded in reality. Although well-acted by a name cast, the offbeat subject matter and idiosyncratic tone make it arthouse material...

Newshub

Newshub

press

Take a deep breath, and expect the unexpected - trust me, you'll love it.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A strangely affecting romance with real heart -- and another sign that Gosling is one of the best young actors around.

4.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

This is a pitch-perfect and gently satirical small-town yarn - the sort of thing Garrison Keillor might have found himself narrating.

Sure, it takes a willing credulity to really buy into Lars - is this a town without one single obnoxious teenager? - but if you do, you'll find this a great little film.

Like Little Miss Sunshine, Lars and the Real Girl takes an unlikely story and spins it into some real gold.

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Kind, sweet, and innocent, weird, heartbreaking and at times cruel, this carefully crafted low-budget film is full of an endearing kind of humanity.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

A sweet, touching beautifully crafted film which tackles some tricky themes with a great deal of sensitivity and warm-hearted humour.

4.0
Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

If you thought that making a movie where a lonely man falls in love with a sex doll was a silly idea, you were wrong. What might have turned out as a lame extended joke, cooked up by smug creative types who think they're funnier than they are, is actually a sweet, warm comedy that stays well away from cynicism or sarcasm and might win over the most skeptical viewer.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Helmer Craig Gillespie's sweetly off-kilter film plays like a Coen brothers riff on Garrison Keillor's "Lake Woebegone" tales, defying its lurid premise with a gentle comic drama grounded in reality. Although well-acted by a name cast, the offbeat subject matter and idiosyncratic tone make it arthouse material...

Newshub

Newshub

press

Take a deep breath, and expect the unexpected - trust me, you'll love it.

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A strangely affecting romance with real heart -- and another sign that Gosling is one of the best young actors around.

4.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

This is a pitch-perfect and gently satirical small-town yarn - the sort of thing Garrison Keillor might have found himself narrating.

Sure, it takes a willing credulity to really buy into Lars - is this a town without one single obnoxious teenager? - but if you do, you'll find this a great little film.

Like Little Miss Sunshine, Lars and the Real Girl takes an unlikely story and spins it into some real gold.

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Kind, sweet, and innocent, weird, heartbreaking and at times cruel, this carefully crafted low-budget film is full of an endearing kind of humanity.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

A sweet, touching beautifully crafted film which tackles some tricky themes with a great deal of sensitivity and warm-hearted humour.

4.0

Good AS GOLD

Gives you plenty to talk about when you leave the theatre, well written and a must see sleeper. See it twice!

5.0

This is rubbish. Predictable and sentimental.

I don't see the fuss. Riddled with "indie" cliches, and surprisingly unfunny. I wasn't moved at all, not an inch.

2.0

3 stars for laughs,

How could you go to a movie about a man and a silicon doll!? We I did, and had a few laughs, but the best laughs came from listening to the rest of the audience reaction.

3.0

Genius

The best movie I've seen this year (that's including There Will Be Blood & No Country for Old Men). Filled with subtle comedic genius.

5.0

French version was smarter

I kind of regret I went to see that movie, especially after watching a brilliant French comedy titled "Monique" released in 2003 with the same bland character, an inflatable doll that is. I loved "Monique" better for several reasons, first the script was written by a woman which offers a very original view on marital relationship. Second the main...

2.0

Hard to fault

Saw this in a packed house at Rialto, there's something great about laughing along with heaps of others. And there's something for everyone in this. Fantastic acting, beautifully scripted, well-paced, stunning cinematography and laugh out loud funny. This is truly American independent film as it should be done. I'd say "See this now!" but this one will...

5.0

AN ABSOLUTEL MUST SEE - GOSLING IS AMAZING!

This movie is incredible, the best of the year so far. So unassuming, so heartfelt, and deeply moving. you will laugh, you will cry, and you will Love Lars & The Real Girl, highly recommended.

5.0

Slow, slow and slower

Yes I know many people love this movie and while the story is full of warm fuzzies it could have been more condensed still its a town I would love to live in.

1.0