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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lars Lindstrom
... Karin
... Gus
R.D. Reid ... Reverend Bock
... Margo
Nancy Beatty ... Mrs. Gruner
... Mr. Hofstedtler
Joe Bostick ... Mr. Shaw
Liz Gordon ... Mrs. Schindler
... Mrs. Petersen
... Dagmar
... Cindy
... Kurt
Billy Parrott ... Erik
Sally Cahill ... Deb
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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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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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Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson both featured in Shutter Island (2010) with Mortimer portraying Rachel 1 and Clarkson portraying Rachel 2. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Margo: Things look so much better!
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Referenced in Conan: Quoth the Hipster, 'Whatevermore.' (2011) See more »

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Easystreet
Written by Randall Andrews and Greg Upton
Performed by Buckeleven
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Touching and Original
13 October 2007 | by 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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