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Lars and the Real Girl

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Product Overview

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?

Specifications

Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 207464724
UPC 883904103738
UPC 14 00883904103738
Format DVD
Release Date 4/1/2014
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Gosling,Ryan
Link Search Link
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
Awards
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
Reviews
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.
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ReviewPage
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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
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
Quotes
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...an 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 ...an 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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