LOVEFiLM Review: Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

Lars (Ryan Gosling) and Gus (Paul Schneider) are the grown children of a father who died recently and a mother who died giving birth to Lars. But as brothers, they couldn’t be more different. While Gus lives in the family home and has a loving wife (Emily Mortimer) and a child on the way, Lars leads a more reclusive existence in the family’s garage, hiding in plain sight of his small, wintry hometown. Painfully shy and eccentric, Lars fails to recognize that his co-worker Margo (Kelli Garner) has a major crush on him, and he picks up on a casual reference made by his cubicle mate, who mentions a website where you can order life-sized, anatomically correct sex dolls. But instead of seeing a sex object, Lars sees in this doll a potential life partner and the only kind of social “peer” he can relate to. So Lars orders a doll, whom he names Bianca, and begins treating her with utmost gentlemanly respect — and as though she’s his real-life, flesh-and-blood girlfriend. As he begins bringing Bianca with him everywhere he goes, the townspeople have to find just the right balance between supporting Lars’ unusual romance and trying to introduce him to a more conventional partner. Lars and the Real Girl was written by Six Feet Under scribe Nancy Oliver and directed by Mr. Woodcock’s Craig Gillespie.

The Gosling man does it again. The 2007 film of Lars and the Real Girl is wonderfully sweet with a lot of emotion.

It’s one of the most original films I’ve seen from a modern view. There are people like ‘Lars’ who go on the net and buy these Real Girls for companionship. The fact it’s not a living being thats been cast opposite Ryan Gosling, shows how great the story and acting is. Gosling’s chemistry on screen is really something to be seen and you really do feel for his character, Lars.

I I’d not hesitate to recommend this and file it as a must watch film. I think this is easily one of Ryan Goslings best films ever.

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