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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 October 2007 (Singapore)
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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

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

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25 October 2007 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Lars y la chica real  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The "Real Doll" was featured on The Graham Norton Effect (2004). The doll was given to the show and was stated as costing $6,000. She arrived in the same kind of crate that is shown in the movie. To test how real the doll looked they sat her in a bar with drink in hand, sunglasses and a speaker placed on her so they could talk to whomever came up to talk to the doll. One man was told to go into the bathroom, take off his pants and wait for her. He did. See more »

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At the first dinner with Lars and Bianca, the glass of milk Lars is drinking suddenly appears on the opposite side of his plate when he begins cutting Bianca's food. See more »

Quotes

Gus: What are we doing? Why are we doing this for him?
Karin: Oh, come on. It's funny!
Gus: Is it?
Karin: I don't know. I don't know, maybe not.
[gets up, leaves]
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Referenced in The Exes: Lutz and the Real Girl (2011) See more »

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All Around Me
Written by Jack Maher
Performed by Feed the Kitty
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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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