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Lars And The Real Girl [DVD]

Ryan Gosling , Emily Mortimer , Craig Gillespie    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Paul Schneider
  • Directors: Craig Gillespie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N2M25U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,792 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



To some, Lars and the Real Girl will play as comedy; to others, tragedy. Though Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock) allows Lars Lindstrom (a mustachioed Ryan Gosling, miles away from Half Nelson) a happy ending, the road is far from smooth. This rumpled Midwesterner couldn't be more miserable. His brother, Gus (Paul Schneider, All the Real Girls), and sister-in-law, Karin (Emily Mortimer, Lovely and Amazing), fall over themselves to cheer him up, but Lars cannot be moved; he’s been like that since childhood. Then a porn-addicted co-worker hips him to the lifelike Real Doll. The next thing everyone knows, Lars has a new girlfriend named Bianca. She's from Brazil, she's shy, and she uses a wheelchair. She's also made of silicon. (Because Lars is a devout Christian, hanky-panky is out of the question.) Since he's finally emerging from his shell, his doctor, Dagmar (Patricia Clarkson), advises Gus and Karin to play along with the "delusion." Soon the whole town, including Margo (Kelli Garner), who harbors a not-so-secret crush on her officemate, gets in on the action, forcing Lars to rejoin the human race or crawl deeper into psychosis.

Written by Six Feet Under's Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl is built around such a preposterous premise, it's hard to know whether to laugh or cry. Fortunately, the actors play it straight. Gosling does his best to make Lars sympathetic, but Schneider and Mortimer, fully convincing in their concern, are the true heart and soul of this odd little film. --Kathleen C. Fennessy,

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Offbeat comedy starring Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom, a painfully shy man who begins a relationship with a life-sized doll named Bianca, treating it as a real live woman. When Lars introduces Bianca to his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and his sister-in-law Karin (Emily Mortimer), they initially think Lars has lost his mind. However, since Lars finally appears to be emerging from his shell, the family doctor (Patricia Clarkson) encourages Gus and Karin to play along with Lars's delusion. As he begins bringing Bianca with him everywhere he goes, the townspeople must attempt to find the right balance between supporting Lars's unorthodox relationship and trying to make him accept his feelings for his real-life co-worker, Margo (Kelli Garner).

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly charming 21 Jun 2008
By Anna
The premise sounds a trifle creepy, but in practise it's beautiful. A man so shy he is virtually a recluse, so shy contact with others physically hurts him, orders a "real doll" and develops a relationship with it. The automatic assumption being he buys it in order to have sex with, but hat couldn't be further from his mind. Lars (Gosling) has the innocence of a child, and the kindness of one, along with the social acumen of one, and through Bianca (Doll) he learns to deal with people and to conquer his self-imposed loneliness; he uses the doll to exorcise all his social demons and fears. He was a man being suffocated by his own fear and pathology and his relationship with the doll isn't sexual or weird: it's catharsis.

He lives in a small town, where the minds should be just as small. But it's a social idyll, and it's a joy to watch. The entire town take Bianca under their wing. It's a process, naturally. Their initial reactions range from derision to horror, but the goodness of Lars is matched in the goodness of the town-folk. Their kindness and acceptance allows Lars the time he needs to heal himself mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We see him evolve from scared child unable to be with people to grown man who is ready for a real relationship.

Gosling's performance is beautifully understated. It has depth, nuance and genuine pathos. You'll grow to care for him very much, and when he suffers, you'll suffer with him. Another actor who deserves a nod is Patricia Clarkson as Doctor Dagmar. Her warmth and integrity make you want to lean on her shoulder and open your soul. Next to Bianca and Lars' brother and sister-in-law, Dagmar is the person who is most important in Lars' getting well. Her role is pivotal, and Clarkson's performance is wonderful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Many films attempt to deal with characters with mental health issues. Sadly, these are either horrors presenting mental health as an excuse to kill scantily clad teenagers or cheap, patronizing, made for t.v. movies designed to make you cry. And lets not forget the type of movies Robert Downey Jr talks about in Tropic Thunder.

This is NOT that kind of movie. The script, director and Ryan Gosling's performance all combine to create a film about a character dealing with mental health issues in a mature, non-patronizing, believable way. There is lots of comedy in this movie but it is never directly aimed at the protagonists delusional condition.
I can not recommend this film highly enough, every aspect of it is worthy of five stars. Amazing performances from Emily Mortimer and Paul Schneider but Gosling gives an epic performance full of emotion and subtlety in a very difficult role. It is directed very well, moving at just the right pace and the director realizing he doesn't need to show off.
Soundtrack, set design, costume, lighting, everything is perfect.

This is an essential film for everyone to see and I would especially recommend it to anyone with an interest in psychology or mental health.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The story is about Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling), a quiet, shy and mentally disorientated guy, who begins to carry out a relationship with a mail-order doll called Bianca. OK sounds a little smutty, but Lars, being a church going, polite kind of a person really believes this mannequin woman to be real.

Now this becomes a shock to his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and sister-in-law Karin (Emily Mortimer) who initially think that Lars is dating someone, and becoming more social, but to their surprise they discover themselves having dinner with a mannequin for who Lars speaks to and also, speaks for. There in itself wraps up a comedy sketch in itself, but after careful consultation with a psychiatrist, she diagnoses that Lars has created this delusional silicone dummy relationship to deal with a number of personal issues and if they really love him (which they do), they must play along with this.

So they do, and things start to get to the stage where they tell their friends, their church and before you know it the whole town is on it and starts treating Bianca as a real person in an effort to help Lars through this ordeal, even to the extent of giving her a job.

It all sounds kind of stupid, but there is a real sense of camaraderie, love and support which shines through as Lars has to come to terms with his world.

A heart-warming light comedy that doesn't lend itself to violence or SFX, and shows you that the simplest of films can be worth watching.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A teenage boys opinion 21 Nov 2011
Firstly hi i am indeed a teenage boy(17) and not really a fan of anything with lots of romance, but this film is different. I have to say that the film touched my heart and i found it amazing to watch. This film has comedy, heart and quirkyness. I have to say this is a must see as it kept me captivated through the entire film and it's finally actually made me shed a tear or two. I will say though that not all teenage boys will like it but if they have good taste in movies then i highly recommend it for a present
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising gem 8 Jan 2009
Despite having such a curious yet seemingly unpromising premise, this film is a delight. I haven't watched a film that has made me laugh and cry so much in a long time. Despite involving a sex doll, there is nothing sleazy about the plot or the characters. It's a gentle and moving film with some great performances.
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