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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

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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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Craig Gillespie

Writer:

Nancy Oliver
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Lars Lindstrom
Emily Mortimer ... Karin
Paul Schneider ... Gus
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Reverend Bock
Kelli Garner ... Margo
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Mrs. Gruner
Doug Lennox ... Mr. Hofstedtler
Joe Bostick ... Mr. Shaw
Liz Gordon Liz Gordon ... Mrs. Schindler
Nicky Guadagni ... Mrs. Petersen
Patricia Clarkson ... Dagmar
Karen Robinson ... Cindy
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos ... Kurt
Billy Parrott ... Erik
Sally Cahill Sally Cahill ... Deb
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The search for true love begins outside the box

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lars y la chica real See more »

Filming Locations:

Alton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,418, 14 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,972,884, 6 March 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,293,523, 29 March 2009
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was shot in 31 days. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Margo: Things look so much better!
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Bianca Wrangler See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Genius of Love
Written by Adrian Belew, Chris Frantz (as Christopher Frantz), Steven Stanley (as Steven JC Stanley) and Tina Weymouth
Performed by Tom Tom Club
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Courtesy of the Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises and by arrangement with Metered Music Inc.
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Don't let the synopsis put you off
16 October 2007 | by angela-373See all my reviews

There is just no way to explain the plot of this film and not have it sound rather silly and this film is anything but foolish frivolity. I found it utterly charming and carefully and delicately directed. There are moments of belly shaking humor and quiet tears as Ryan Gosling brilliantly evolves from a reclusive soul with the help of a silicone woman and a kind hearted community. I want to know these endearing people. There is a moral point to this film, perhaps more than one. Don't be put off by the synopsis, or trailer. This is not your standard Hollywood fare. See it for the humor, or the humanity, either way, you will be glad you did. I see very, very few films twice- this one is on my list.


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