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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The search for true love begins outside the box


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lars y la chica real  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$5,949,693 (USA) (29 February 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


To eliminate the possibility of any accusation about having sex with the doll. Bianca was custom ordered without any genitalia. See more »


When Lars is handed the flower after church, he has it in his right hand just before turning around to see Margo. After turning to see Margo he quickly throws it away with his left hand. See more »


Kurt: Listen up, Margo, those action figures are very important to me. They're worth a lot of money. And if I don't see every damned one back on my desk pretty soon, then, you can tell your teddy to watch his back.
Margo: [returns one action figure] I'll return them, one at a time... You going to Cindy's party?
Lars Lindstrom: Oh, no.
Margo: I was hoping you would. I really wish you would.
Lars Lindstrom: Do you think I could bring my girlfriend?
Margo: Oh, um, yeah, yeah, I'm totally bringing somebody
Lars Lindstrom: Hm.
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Crazy Credits

Bianca Wrangler See more »


Referenced in The Exes: Lutz and the Real Girl (2011) See more »


Written by Matt McMullen and Clay Davis
Performed by Nick Black
Courtesy of Black Eye Records
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C'mon, it's funny. Is it?
20 October 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Guilt while laughing is an unusual experience ... well except while watching Lars and Bianca. This film is hilarious, touching and insightful. The product of genius writing by Nancy Oliver (Six Feet Under) and solid direction by Craig Gillespie ("Mr. Woodcock"), this film will force you to step back and think about how you treat those who might be a little different or struggle with social interaction.

Ryan Gosling is absolutely amazing as Lars. His character redefines "being in a shell". Wounded by the pain of losing his parents and literally frightened by human touch, Gosling exudes the humanity of a injured child. The real guilty fun starts once Bianca is delivered. Bianca is the anatomically correct molded doll whom Lars treats as a real girlfriend. The ride picks up steam when his relatives and then the entire town elect to play along.

The entire cast is excellent with standout performances by Emily Mortimer ("Match Point"), Paul Schneider, the great Patricia Clarkson as the very wise and very human doctor, and Kelli Garner ("Thumbsucker") looking very homely as the co-worker with a crush on Lars.

Not sure how wide of audience this will find, but I highly recommend to all adults ... it is not a film for kids. Hopefully the academy takes notice of the film, the writing and the acting ... all top notch.

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