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Director: Craig Gillespie     Starring: Ryan Gosling
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Format: DVD
Sku: 207464724
UPC: 883904103738
UPC 14: 00883904103738
Category Keywords: Mental Illness  Romances  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The Search for True Love Begins Outside the Box.
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?

" original, amusing and heartfelt tale sharply written by Nancy Oliver...  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A strangely affecting romance with real heart -- and another sign that Gosling is one of the best young actors around.  Helen O'Hara, Empire
"Both hilarious and poignant, with a Capraesque humanity that caught me completely off guard.  J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
" endearing, intelligent and tender comedy...  Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A deep, sweet-hearted study not only of one lonely character but also of the community that supports him.  John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"A whimsical, funny, moving film!  Maxim
"When a movie about a guy who orders a sex doll off the Internet can turn vice into virtue, something miraculous has occurred.  Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Tcfhe/mgm
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/1/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 106 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 113346
Video UPC UPC: 00883904103738
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Emily Mortimer
Video Cast Info Joe Bostick
Video Cast Info Kelli Garner
Video Cast Info Nancy Beatty
Video Cast Info Patricia Clarkson
Video Cast Info Paul Schneider
Video Cast Info R.D. Reid
Video Cast Info Ryan Gosling
Video Cast Info Adam Kimmel - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Arvinder Grewal - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Craig Gillespie - Director
Video Cast Info David Torn - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Joshu de Cartier - Art Director
Video Cast Info Nancy Oliver - Writer
Video Cast Info Peter Berg - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Sidney Kimmel - Producer
Video Cast Info Tatiana S. Riegel - Editor


Nominee (2008)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Ryan Gosling, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
   Video Award Name Oscar, Nancy Oliver, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
   Video Award Name Screen Actors Guild, Ryan Gosling, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Professional Reviews

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

3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a number of warm, open performances....Gosling shines..." 03/07/2008 p.122

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

ReelViews 8 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Gosling,Ryan
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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