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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Favorite Movie of 2007

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    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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Touching, Sweet Movie

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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Charming Movie

    Posted
    Truffles

    While it is accurate to call the movie funny, a better description would be "tender and tragic". It takes talent to make a movie like this. It would have been too easy to fall into slapstick but that would have ruined the movie. Scariest moment? when someone in the room said "I understand what he means about touch being painful".

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not what you expect!

    Posted
    T1984

    This movie is not what is expected! A man dating a life size doll it sounds like it is going to be a lame comedy. This movie is subtly hilarious but also has a serious undertone. Ryan Gosling, as always, is excellent! I can't picture any other actor being able to pull off this role. Strongly suggest seeing this movie. :)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely wonderful!!

    Posted
    Disturbia0509

    This movie was absolutly surprising! I went out and purchased it yesterday because i read so many good reviews on it. It seemed a little far fetched, but i decided to go ahead and see it. It was funny, sad, and absolutely wonderful!! The acting was outstanding! I would recommend this to everyone!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    Posted
    Keno1984

    This movie is unpredictable and completely unexpected! Ryan Gosling is amazing and I can't imagine anyone else playing this role. The story is unique and imaginative. It is so heartfelt! I recommend this movie to everyone! It's a must see. This movie is a hidden gem!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What if the world could really be like this

    Posted
    SamoyedsRock

    I was expecting a comedy, and boy was I mistaken. It did have its funny moments, but for the most part it was a serious drama that makes you smile. It shows how a small town of people can come together to change a life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ryan Gosling is so underrated!

    Posted
    Roughneck
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    This movie is totally awesome. Ryan Gosling is very, very funny. I'd never have believed that he could pull it off. This movie is a charming of how a small town can come together.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    MusicGal14
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    I had been wanting to watch this movie for awhile and it didn't disappoint. My friends recommended it also so it was a no brainer to buy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gift for Daughter

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    DEHS
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    My daughter had seen this movie before and really liked it. When it went on sale I bought it for her as a gift.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Posted
    Rye23

    I have never wanted to laugh and cry at the same part of a movie before. They did such a good job with this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Underappreciated

    Posted
    bfore13

    Excellent writing and acting performances. A touching movie that's entertaining throughout.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Heartfelt little indie film

    Posted
    JWBrowning
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    Gosling is great here! A pretty unconventional story with some great acting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Made me laugh

    Posted
    CDRAGS
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    I laughed so much watching this movie, truly funny

    I would recommend this to a friend