Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl

DVD - 2008 | Widescreen version
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Lars is a sweet but shy guy who has a hard time talking with his family, coworkers, and neighbors. Although his family fears the worst when Lars brings home a life-sized companion doll who he thinks is a real girlfriend, named Bianca, a doctor encourages them to play along with him so that he can work through his delusions. The whole community rallies to his support, and Lars begins to deal with all of his emotions. He even begins to develop feelings for Margo, an attractive co-worker, in what becomes "a hilariously unique love triangle."
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2008
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD L COMEDY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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I loved this quirky and silly and sweet and innocent and charming and disturbing movie! In the vein of films like The Straight Story, this film relies on its uniqueness to reel you in. But, unlike other quirky films, the charming qualities of the characters kick in and win you over completely, ju... Read More »

We all know Ryan Gosling from La La Land, but before all that Oscar nomination stuff he starred in this quirky comedy about a young man having relationship troubles. Lars purchases an inflatable doll companion and introduces her as his girlfriend. His friends and family go along with the delusion... Read More »


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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

When this was first advertised on TV, I was not interested in it at all. However I saw the previews on another DVD and it looked hilarious so I decided to check it out. WOW! I am just shocked that it was so completely different than I expected! I laughed my head off during every scene that Bianca (The doll) was in. I started to notice as the film was winding down that some of the scenes were supposed to be touching, but I still found them hilarious. This is such a feel-good film and has great acting. I loved it, but the reason I'm not giving it five stars is because I was disappointed with the ending. It was cute and I suppose it got to the point of the movie, but I wish they would have shown a little more of the relationship with the "real girl". I felt that they missed out on a huge opportunity, especially since Lars went to great lengths to pursue the other girl. However, that being said, this is a not-to-be missed film and I don't think that it was insulting to people with disabilities at all. In fact, it embraced them; showing that good things can happen when a community comes together to support a friend.

LPL_TriciaK Mar 21, 2019

This is one of my all-time favorite romance films! Ryan Gosling stars, but as a decidedly un-suave farm boy in search of love. Patricia Clarkson plays the local doctor who helps him work through his emotional problems and engage in a meaningful relationship. You'll have to suspend disbelief for the wacky premise, but the story and characters are so sweet you won't mind.

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LadyDi52
Nov 13, 2018

This film was recommended to me, what a delightful surprise it turned out to be! I don't know why I hadn't heard of it sooner. It takes a totally unrealistic premise, that a man would go public with a mail order sex doll, and the reactions of his friends and family. Assuming he's "nuts" they take him to a doctor, and she does a beautiful job of acting... well I can't say more I would give it away.

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gnomenut
Oct 31, 2017

This film is just a joy. Not so much of a fairy tale as some might think. But the real storyline isn't about a strange relationship, instead it's about looking beyond eccentricities. It's about how people deal with each other's individual needs, and how whole communities can begin to open up as people let go of their phobic fear-of-association and learn to listen. And it's about allowing others to tell their own stories in their own way. A brilliantly crafted story, and an excellent film, superbly acted--I have new respect for Ryan Gosling. There's really nothing about this film I didn't like.

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MariadelaLuz
Apr 03, 2017

The sweetest, saddest, funniest movie which I have seen in a very long time. In my opinion what keeps the movie from being over the top, it does stretch the imagination to the limit, is the cast. They all did a superb job.

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debacker
Jan 18, 2017

Made me cry... is a happy / sad way.

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Nursebob
Oct 01, 2016

Despite some great performances this “inflatable-chick” flick is a manipulative one-joke weeper that takes a cute idea and runs it into the ground; the ending is almost too embarrassing to watch. All those quirky characters and homespun wisdom are just so much fluff designed to make the movie look less ridiculous than it really is. Perhaps Gillespie was aiming for the same idiosyncratic charm as Fargo, but all he delivers is a nauseatingly saccharine musing on the curative power of insanity. Uggh!

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ncs1961
Feb 01, 2015

I enjoyed this for what it was - a fairy tale style fantastical little collection of relationships & exchanges between people who seemed to all know each other pretty well. There are examples of gentle humor, family guilt, wry commentary, sweet affection and patience. Yes, it's one sidedly rose-colored, but considering how many films are so one sidedly not - I say Yay!

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0cho
Oct 29, 2014

Gosling does a great job in this movie. Overall a very interesting movie, quite touching and overall quite good. Worth the watch.

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tenet
May 14, 2014

Rated 8/10.

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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

No, it's just a thaw - winter isn't over till Easter.

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bdls206
Apr 11, 2011

Reverend Bock: Lars asked us not to wear black today. He did so to remind us that this is no ordinary funeral. We are here to celebrate Bianca's extraordinary life. From her wheelchair, Bianca reached out and touched us all, in ways we could never have imagined. She was a teacher. She was a lesson in courage. And Bianca loved us all. Especially Lars. Especially him.

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NickCR
Apr 03, 2010

Best line of the Movie
Lars:"I have a prior commitment to a school trustees meeting on Friday. Actually, I'll be free after I drop of Bianca. She's been elected to the board." Watch the movie to find out why this line is a scream!

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Jul 18, 2008

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bdls206
Apr 11, 2011

A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

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bdls206
Apr 11, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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