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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)  »

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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Ryan Gosling brought in a "Talking Heads" cassette to play in the party scene, because he thought it would be cool for the scene. 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: Pretend that she's real? I'm just not gonna do it.
Dagmar: She is real.
Gus: Well...
Dagmar: She's right out there.
Gus: Right, right, I get that, but I'm just not gonna, you know...
Dagmar: You won't be able to change his mind, anyway. Bianca's in town for a reason.
Gus: But - but...
Dagmar: It's not really a choice.
Karin: Okay. Okay, all right, we'll do it, whatever it takes.
Gus: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. And everyone's gonna laugh at him.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst of 2007 (2008) See more »

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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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The best 'feel good' film of 2007!!
28 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's always a treat to walk into a theater and leave after viewing something great - something I didn't expect.

The independent film 'Lars and the Real Girl' is just that. It's promoted as a comedy about a guy who's in love with a sex doll, yet the film is the type everyone should see and you can even consider taking your kids. (It's rated PG-13)

Lars (Ryan Gosling) is an introvert, who holds an office job and lives in a northern mid-west town. His pad is a modified garage next to his deceased parents' home. His brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and pregnant, caring sister-in-law, Karin (Emily Mortimer) live in the large house on the property.

One day Lars meets a friend (the doll) on the internet and has her shipped to his home. Being the gentleman that he is, Lars asks Gus and Karin if his quest can stay in the main house until they get to know each other better. This sets off a chain of events that involve the local doctor, minister, his co-workers and ultimately, the entire town.

It's a story of openness and the importance of allowing what you first think is unacceptable and different, is actually completely acceptable. The film draws you in, changes your initial beliefs and provides a wonderful message at the same time. It's a heartwarming, feel good film that will stay with you long after you leave the theater. Lars and his ''real girl' taught me more about life and love. It will do the same for you.


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