Lars and the Real Girl

Directed By: Craig Gillespie Starring: Ryan Gosling

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Sometimes you find love where you'd least expect it. Just ask Lars (Academy Award-Nominee Ryan Gosling), a sweet but quirky guy who thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in a life-sized doll named Bianca. Lars is completely content with his artificial girlfriend, but when he develops feelings for Margo, an attractive co-worker, Lars finds himself lost in a hilariously unique love triangle, hoping to somehow discover the real meaning of true love. Offbeat and endearing, this romantic comedy takes a fresh look at dating and relationships and dares to ask the question: What's so wrong with being happy?


Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 207464724
UPC 883904103738
UPC 14 00883904103738
Format DVD
Release Date 4/1/2014
Rating Rating
Mental Illness
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note As the title character, Ryan Gosling is a strange but likeable young man who manages to keep down a job but keeps mostly to himself. He only leaves the garage where he lives when his older brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and loving sister-in-law Karin (Emily Mortimer) drag him to their house next door for dinner. Lars doesn't take well to questioning, so the disturbing level of his isolation is never openly discussed. It's only when he announces he has a girlfriend in the form of an anatomically correct doll he purchased via the Internet that everyone must admit his precarious mental state. No one quite knows how to help Lars, so they play along, careful not to do anything that might push him or Bianca (his plastic fiancée) over the edge. The results are touching efforts on the part of all those who love him to help Lars through what his psychologist (Patricia Clarkson) assures them may be only a stage. Kelli Garner shines as Margo, the real, live girl who Lars seems incapable of seeing. Despite being ignored, Margo hangs in there, hopeful Lars will come around to sanity and to her. ^Craig Gillespie's LARS AND THE REAL GIRL is a sweet love story and a film which deals with mental illness in surprisingly subtle ways. With a formula that could easily have manipulated for cheap laughs, the film achieves quirky humor in parts but mostly touching observations about the nature of delusions themselves. The film's talented cast gathers around Lars, a sensitive character who the film respects and who Gosling (THE NOTEBOOK, HALF NELSON) brings fully to life.
Entertainment Weekly "[Gosling] finally has a movie that does full justice to his talents....[His portrayal] is a marvel, but so is the acting of Mortimer and Schneider..." 11/01/2007 p.110-111
Los Angeles Times "[T]his is a film whose daring and delicate blend of apparent irreconcilables will sweep you off your feet if you're not too careful." 10/12/2007
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Gosling] shows new qualities here and carries his simple Lars convincingly....He takes hard-to-believe and makes it believable..." 04/01/2008 p.58
Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a number of warm, open performances....Gosling shines..." 03/07/2008 p.122
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "The supporting cast, especially the bubbly Mortimer, are all excellent..." 04/01/2008 p.56
Sight and Sound "[A] smart, thoughtful tale about mental illness....Ryan Gosling's pitch-perfect performance is instrumental..." 04/01/2008 p.66
Wall Street Journal ?Craig Gillespie directed from Nancy Oliver?s gentle, searching script....This is a move about kindness.? 09/18/2009
Craig Gillespie
Ryan Gosling
Cast & Crew
Adam Kimmel - Cinematographer
Arvinder Grewal - Production Designer
Craig Gillespie - Director
David Torn - Original Music By
Emily Mortimer - Actor
Joe Bostick - Actor
Joshu de Cartier - Art Director
Kelli Garner - Actor
Nancy Beatty - Actor
Nancy Oliver - Writer
Patricia Clarkson - Actor
Paul Schneider - Actor
Peter Berg - Executive Producer
R.D. Reid - Actor
Ryan Gosling - Actor
Sidney Kimmel - Producer
Tatiana S. Riegel - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 113346
UPC 00883904103738
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (2008) Golden Globe, Ryan Gosling, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,Oscar, Nancy Oliver, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen,Screen Actors Guild, Ryan Gosling, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Lars and the Real Girl is an example of how even the most ridiculous premise can be used to construct a smart, touching motion picture. The film sounds like it was developed with Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell in mind, but the key here is that, while there are laughs to be had, Lars and the Real Girl is intended to be taken seriously...It takes an idea that could easily be reduced to a series of sex jokes and pratfalls and develops it into something intelligent and thoughtful. But, yes, even taken seriously, it's nothing less than absurd, and the filmmakers know that. Such recognition is a key to debut director Craig Gillespie's success because he understands how to get the audience to the place where they embrace the characters and believe their situations rather than laugh at them...The shifts in tone between comedy and serious material are adroitly handled. We never feel like we're being jerked around or that the film has stumbled on the unevenness of its terrain. Lars and the Real Girl hits all the right notes, never allowing the humor to become too broad or the drama to become too serious. Bianca's primary intended function is referenced only a couple of times - and not too crudely - and we are not subjected to the kind of physical amusement that characterized the dead-man-almost-walking A Weekend at Bernie's.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review How do you make a film about a life-sized love doll, ordered through the Internet, into a life-affirming statement of hope? In "Lars and the Real Girl," you do it with faith in human nature, and with a performance by Ryan Gosling that says things that cannot be said. And you surround him with actors who express the instinctive kindness we show to those we love...The miracle in the plot is that the people of Lars' community arrive at an unspoken agreement to treat Bianca with the same courtesy that Lars does...There are so many ways "Lars and the Real Girl" could have gone wrong that one of the film's fascinations is how adroitly it sidesteps them. Its weapon is absolute sincerity. It is about who Lars is, and how he relates to this substitute for human friendship, and that is all it's about. It has a kind of purity to it. Yes, it's rated PG-13, and that's the correct rating, I believe. It could inspire conversations between children and their parents about masturbation, loneliness, acceptance of unusual people, empathy...How this all finally works out is deeply satisfying. Only after the movie is over do you realize what a balancing act it was, what risks it took, what rewards it contains. A character says at one point that she has grown to like Bianca. So, heaven help us, have we.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Gosling,Ryan
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today original, amusing and heartfelt tale sharply written by Nancy Oliver...
Helen O'Hara, Empire A strangely affecting romance with real heart -- and another sign that Gosling is one of the best young actors around.
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader Both hilarious and poignant, with a Capraesque humanity that caught me completely off guard.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal endearing, intelligent and tender comedy...
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter A deep, sweet-hearted study not only of one lonely character but also of the community that supports him.
Maxim A whimsical, funny, moving film!
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe When a movie about a guy who orders a sex doll off the Internet can turn vice into virtue, something miraculous has occurred.

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