Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lars and the Real Girl Movie Review

Lars And The Real Girl (2007) is a quirky odd almost want to laugh but shouldn't movie. It stars Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom; a socially challenged and mentally delusional man that lives in his brother's garage. Lars hates to be touched in anyway and barely speaks because of his shyness.

He announces to his brother Gus (
Paul Schneider) and his wife Karin (Emily Mortimer) that he has met someone over the internet. Bianca is from Brazil and is wheelchair bound. When she arrives they will all have diner to meet and get to know each other. Gus and Karin are astonished when they meet her - she is a full-size life-like doll that Lars ordered off the internet.

They have always known he was weird but this recent act makes them very concerned for him. They devise a way for him to get help while seemingly supporting him and Bianca. Soon the entire town is on it and is spending time with her, she even gets a job. Lars is deeply in love with her but can not live with her since she is very religious and will not move in with a man unless she is married. She stays in the main house with the brother and wife caring for her.

At work he finally meets a real girl (Margo) and they go out bowling while Bianca attends a school board meeting. They have a wonderful time together but Lars just wants to be friends as he will not cheat on Bianca.

7 out of 10 - PG-13 - I found the
movie interesting and was thoroughly impressed with Ryan Gosling's role; he is proving to be one of the great actors of our time. I wish there was a little more to the film, once I began to connect with the characters (even the doll) the movie soon ended. Still worth a watch and there is no freaky stuff that goes on with the doll. It is a slower pace peculiar movie and may not be for everyone.


  1. Have you seen "Dummy"? I felt that Lars was inspired by it, but like it way better. I found Lars too contrived.

  2. Hi, I have not seen it. I just looked it up and will have to check it out. Thank you!

  3. I think I enjoyed this movie more than you did. I liked the way the Christian community chose to band around Lars rather than judge him.

    "Lars and the Real Girl" was on Reel Inspiration's Most Inspiring Films list a couple years ago.

    You can vote for your favorite inspiring movies of 2009 on R.I.'s survey.

    Movie blessings!
    Jana Segal