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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 November 2007 (USA)
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A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

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In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. Written by Orange

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The search for true love begins outside the box

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related content | See all certifications »

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2 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Lars y la chica real  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$90,418 (USA) (12 October 2007)

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$5,949,693 (USA) (29 February 2008)
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In the scene where Lars is reading to Bianca, he is reading from "Don Quixote," whose main character also has delusions. See more »

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The version of the Talking Heads song "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" played at the party was never released on vinyl. The version played in the film is a live version recorded for the Stop Making Sense album but only appears on a Special Edition CD released many years later. See more »

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Dagmar: Have there been any changes in the family in the last year or so?
Gus: [while Karin simultaneously nods "Yes"] No, everything is pretty much exactly the same except Karin is pregnant and Lars is nuts.
Dagmar: You know, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. What we call mental illness isn't always just an illness. It can be a communication; it can be a way to work something out.
Gus: Fantastic. When will it be over?
Dagmar: When he doesn't need it anymore.
Karin: How can we help?
Dagmar: Go along with it.
Karin: Oh, no. No, that's... No.
Gus: Oh, my....
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Bianca Wrangler See more »

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Referenced in Supernatural: LARP and the Real Girl (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Crashing My System
Written by Nicole Cherié Saletta (as Niki Saletta) and James Harry (as Jimmy Harry)
Performed by Nicole Cherié Saletta (as Niki Saletta)
Courtesy of Moss Entertainment/MS-Pro
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Touching and Original
13 October 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most remarkably original films that I have ever seen, providing a refreshing comment that we can learn and expand our horizons from each other if we approach everyone's foibles with a degree of kindness. It is laugh-out-loud funny, but it is also thought-provoking and moving.

Ryan Gosling provides a spectacular tour-de-force as a dysfunctional young man in a small town who only begins to blossom when he starts a "relationship" with an expensive love doll. When he takes the risk of introducing "Bianca" to the tightly-knit community in which he lives, the "relationship" is met with an unexpectedly heartwarming response.

Strong support is provided by the always-refreshing Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, and by Kelli Garner as the sweet thing who becomes "Bianca's" rival. But Gosling provides the heart and soul of this remarkable film that never strikes a false note.

The movie has an incredibly powerful and positive message about the ability of a community to heal and nurture a troubled soul by treating it with acceptance and compassion. It should be required viewing by anyone who feels alone in the world.


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