Lars and the Real Girl [Blu-ray] [2007]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (21 out of 21)

    Special Features


    • The real story of Lars and the Real Girl featurette
    • A real leading lady featurette
    • Deleted scenes
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Lars and the Real Girl
    Lars (Ryan Gosling) and Gus (Paul Schneider) are the grown children of a father who died recently and a mother who died giving birth to Lars. But as brothers, they couldn't be more different. While Gus lives in the family home and has a loving wife (Emily Mortimer) and a child on the way, Lars leads a more reclusive existence in the family's garage, hiding in plain sight of his small, wintry hometown. Painfully shy and eccentric, Lars fails to recognize that his co-worker Margo (Kelli Garner) has a major crush on him, and he picks up on a casual reference made by his cubicle mate, who mentions a website where you can order life-sized, anatomically correct sex dolls. But instead of seeing a sex object, Lars sees in this doll a potential life partner and the only kind of social "peer" he can relate to. So Lars orders a doll, whom he names Bianca, and begins treating her with utmost gentlemanly respect -- and as though she's his real-life, flesh-and-blood girlfriend. As he begins bringing Bianca with him everywhere he goes, the townspeople have to find just the right balance between supporting Lars' unusual romance and trying to introduce him to a more conventional partner. Lars and the Real Girl was written by Six Feet Under scribe Nancy Oliver and directed by Mr. Woodcock's Craig Gillespie. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Ryan Gosling
      Ryan Gosling - Lars
    • Emily Mortimer
      Emily Mortimer - Karin
    • Paul Schneider
      Paul Schneider - Gus
    • Patricia Clarkson
      Patricia Clarkson - Dagmar
    • Kelli Garner
      Kelli Garner - Margo



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Favorite Movie of 2007

      Posted
      backrowreviews

      In many ways, this movie is a miracle. And here are some of those ways: It's miraculous that screenwriter Nancy Oliver was able to tell this story without being smutty, stupid, or schticky, considering that it's about a mentally unstable man who treats an anatomically correct love doll as if it is his girlfriend. Instead of going for broad gags, smirking crassness or general vulgarity, Oliver somehow has created a sweet, heartwarming and -- yes -- wholesome human story that is the feel-good movie of 2007. It's a miracle that director Craig Gillespie was able to translate Oliver's wonderful screenplay to the screen with exactly the right tone to keep it from being jokey, pandering or insincere. It's miraculous that every actor in "Lars and the Real Girl" is perfectly cast, considering what a temptation it must have been to hire at least one "big name" in the hope of getting more opening-weekend box-office dollars. It's beyond frightening to consider how wrong, wrong, wrong this movie would have gone with, just as a f'rinstance, Robin Williams mugging his way through the title role. Instead, Ryan Gosling hits just the right notes as low-key, unsocial but amiable Lars, whose psychological problems are apparent without being hysterically overwrought for cheap laughs or cheaper pathos. Emily Mortimer is even more impressive as Lars' caring, thoughtful, funny and absolutely adorable sister-in-law. I haven't seen another actress this year whose performance I enjoyed more. She is thoroughly convincing as a small-town wife and soon-to-be mother with nurturing maternal instincts that aren't sickening, and the kind of open-hearted friendliness that seems 100-percent genuine. You will fall in love with her, guaranteed. Paul Schneider plays her husband and Lars' brother as an amused-if-confused participant in the charade that the love doll is a real girl. The rest of the town goes along, too, all for the sake of Lars. That's because everyone is aware that "the boy ain't right," but everyone also cares enough about him as a friend and neighbor that they don't want to destroy the harmless delusion that makes him happy. Amazingly, things don't devolve into one of those zany "everybody in town is equally wacky and quirky, so what's one more nut?" scenarios. Another miracle! Kelli Garner is great as a slightly awkward coworker with a crush on Lars. Patricia Clarkson is quietly convincing as a doctor and psychologist who tries to get Lars to understand that being touched by others, in both senses of the term, is not something he should fear. The score, by guitarist David Torn, is as good as the rest of the movie at avoiding preciousness and predictability. Highly recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Watch this Movie and You'll Smile

      Posted
      hahoo

      I passed up watching this movie a number of times because it had the look of one of those mainstream movies trying to be indie. But Ryan Gossling pretty much can do no wrong in my eyes so on a slow night I figured it was worth a shot. The movie surpassed my expectations. It's rare to find something "heartwarming" that doesn't make you as sick to your stomach as a big bowl of "chicken soup for the anything" would. But this one just makes you chuckle and love Ryan Gossling all the more. Emily Mortimer is pretty perfect, too, managing to balance that waif-ish in a likeable way. I suppose you could make an argument that you know where this is headed pretty early on, but there's a lot of movies like that and this has some nice subtleties you don't expect and either way, it's nice to be taken on a fun ride even if you know where you are going. The nice part of the script (other than the premise) is the way the entire community responds. It'd be easy to make this chalk-full of stock humor, but the comedy is better when you watch the whole town come together. Patricia Clarkson shines. All performances are played out in an understated way, which is what saves this from feeling trite.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Heartwarming

      Posted
      videolady

      I own a video store and have played this in my store countless times. It is heartwarming and leaves one feeling good. There are scenes that are laugh-out-loud funny, and others that really seem believable. Mostly, I would like to believe that a town would be supportive and caring for one of their own, who apparently is struggling to deal with life, as this movie portrayed. My customers all enjoyed this, men and women alike, and it was 'clean' enough to play in my store. It's one of those movies a person would like to own, and pull it out now and then for a 'feel good' escape from lifes realities.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      LOVED IT!

      Posted
      Purdy

      I picked this movie up because I had seen everything else. I figured it was going to be some lame comedy. But, to my surprise, it was wonderful. It gets your attention and shows a small towns compassion for one of their own going through a hard time. Sweet, moving funny, sad, believable..... we truly enjoyed it. This is a keeper! I'm not sure why I heard nothing about it when it was in theatres. The only con I could think of was the ending.....I wanted to know what else was in store for Lars....:) but isn't that always true of great movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great, Creative Movie

      Posted
      Missa

      I cannot say enough good things about "Lars and the Real Girl", it meets the top ranks of films such as "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Juno". Ignore the odd premise of the film (man strikes up relationship with a "love doll"), the real story is about this incredible journey "Lars" (played brilliantly by Ryan Gosling), his family and community take throughout this movie. The writing is probably the most creative and heartwarming I have ever seen through film. The movie never goes "over-the-top", and the actors keeps you engaged the entire time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Odd Concept, But Funny!

      Posted
      MovieGuy00

      This is def an oddball comedy with a little love thrown in. Lar's is an introvert that doesn't do well with speaking and touching other people. One woman throws herself at him and yet he pulls away to order a Real Doll. I think through his interactions and different adventures with Bianca (Real Doll) he become more able to interact with other people in his small town. A great comedy with a little love thrown in.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Picture of 2007

      Posted
      drusso

      LARS AND THE REAL GIRL is an exceptional film filled with laughter and tears. It is a very moving piece that challenges us as human beings in regard to finding the "perfect person." Love is tough, and there is a little bit of Lars in us all. An amazing cast and script, this film can do no wrong. If you enjoyed films like "Juno" and "Garden State," you will ADORE Lars and his Real Girl.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Touching, Sweet Movie

      Posted
      annasense

      i saw this film a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. it's just so sweet, and tells a great story of acceptance, love and community. ryan gosling makes you fall in love with his character, lars, even though he lives his life a little outside the norm. i've recommended this to numerous friends, and they've all fell in love with it, too (men and women). :)

      I would recommend this to a friend



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