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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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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To help Ryan Gosling stay in character, the real doll was treated like an actual person, as is done by the characters in the movie. She was dressed privately in her own trailer and was only present for scenes that she was in. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Gruner tells Lars that Bianca would like to volunteer at the hospital, she mentions that the bald children would love Bianca. That would lead one to think they must be children with cancer. However, later when we see Bianca at the hospital, the children she is "reading" to aren't bald. There is a lady doing sign language in the corner, and she encourages the children to mimic a telephone sound. This implies that the children are deaf. See more »

Quotes

Dagmar: Don't you want to be an uncle?
Lars Lindstrom: Don't you want to be a mom?
Dagmar: [pauses, whispers] Yes. But I'm not able to have children of my own.
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Crazy Credits

Assistant Bianca Wrangler See more »

Connections

Featured in 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

L O V E
Written by Bert Kaempfert and Milton Gabler (as Milt Gabler)
Performed by Ryan Gosling
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Lars and the Real Girl
13 October 2007 | by coco89136See all my reviews

I just saw this movie last night with friends and I'll admit I'd never heard of it. I knew it was worth watching when I was told Ryan Gosling was in it so I was mildly excited to see it. The first thirty minutes of the film are pretty damn funny and to some, almost hilarious. Very well done comedic acting that is real, believable, and still amazing to watch. Part of what makes the first thirty minutes so funny is because we know about the doll, and we can't wait for the first reactions. After that the story takes a wonderfully surprising turn to a really touching light drama. I was very surprised but I really loved it. A lot of people laughed throughout the film, and I was very much bothered by that. There is a reason this man is pretending that a "sex" doll is a real person, and its a very internal serious pain thats hes going through, which for me, understanding that part of the story, I felt it was mildly inappropriate for people to laugh, but I understood with time. Near the end of the film it gets a little predictable for one, some would say major, plot turn, but not so predictable as to ruin it. About 5 to 10 minutes before it happens you see it coming, but other than that it was superbly acted by Ryan Gosling who has nothing but an incredible career in front of him, and good supporting roles as well. This is a very enjoyable film, which I recommend to anyone and everyone. It really seems to have something for everyone, but be prepared it might make you laugh, cry, or both. Its a very very good movie, and definitely worth seeing in theaters.


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