lars and the real girl (2007)

Diana and I watched this movie last night. I have heard mixed reviews, but on Rotten Tomatoes it got 81% which is pretty good. This movie is essentially about a guy who becomes temporarily delusional in order to make up for some part of his past. He dates a sex doll and thinks that she is alive and talking to everyone.

Ryan Gosling is excellent in this movie. He plays the character very well all the way down to nervous ticks. You may remember him from Half Nelson which was also a really good movie. At the beginning of Lars and the Real Girl you get a very short back story on Lars and his brother. Lars is very withdrawn from social interaction and when he gets the doll, you think he’s just off his rocker. This is the turning point of the movie, the make it or break it part. I can understand why some people wouldn’t necessarily like it at this point. He basically starts talking to a doll and acting as if she’s real. But as you continue watching the movie, you soon realize that that fact is beside the point. There is something in Lars’ past that he is compensating for and once you understand where he’s coming from the viewer is much more sympathetic. Lars projects his previous self onto the doll so that he can be more social and outgoing. I would recommend this film to anyone that has a little bit of imagination and I’d rate it an 8 our of 10. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.

Lars and the Real Girl (2007).

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