Newest Review: ... as expected, his friend is a plastic sex doll. Lars believes that she is real and even talks to her and listens to her responses. He intro... more
Lars and the real girl
Lars and the Real Girl (DVD)
Member Name: elmer_elephant
Lars and the Real Girl (DVD)
Advantages: Ryan Gosling at his best
Lars (Ryan Gosling) keeps himself to himself, since his father's death he has turned into a social recluse and even moved out of the family that he shares with his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and his wife Karin (Emily Mortimer) into the garage.
One day whilst at work he gets a call from Karin telling him that a large delivery has been made and she has left it in the garage for him. On returning he knocks on his brother's door and tells him and Karin that he has met someone and that they would like to have dinner with them. Obviously they are excited for him as they have been worried about him and the fact that they don't see very much of him.
But all is not as expected, his friend is a plastic sex doll. Lars believes that she is real and even talks to her and listens to her responses. He introduces her to them as Bianca, she is half Danish and half Brazilian. She tells them that she is disabled and on her trip here both her clothes and wheelchair was stolen. They don't know how to react, and after putting her to bed in their house (she is religious and old fashioned) They suggest that they all take Bianca to see the family doctor the next morning to get her checked out after all the travelling.
After seeing the doctor they find out that Lars is suffering from a form of delusion and she tells them that they must play along, Gus is obviously not happy with this. She tells them that the only person that can stop this is Lars, and they have to wait for him to realise that he is ok and doesn't need her anymore. In the end because of the respect that the town has for Lars they all end up playing along and welcoming Bianca into the town.
I absolutely love this film, although the storyline is a bit out there it never feels to over the top. I love the way that you actually connect with the character of Lars and although I never felt sorry for him because of the mental illness that he has acquired his character just fills your heart with warmth and sympathy. Of course with the storyline that this film has there are bound to be laughs and there are but not so many that the whole warmness of the film is ruined.
Ryan gosling was amazing in this film, although he was playing a socially inept character that is very insecure you never feel uncomfortable. You really believe that he thinks that Bianca is a real person and you get completely sucked into the storyline. In one of the extras there is an interview with him and Bianca and you can really tell that Gosling has a sense of humour, and storms out at the end leaving Bianca to finish the interview.
One of my favourite scenes is when he first introduces Bianca to his brother and Karin, just their faces and the fact that they don't know how to act, whether to play along with him or whether to talk to him about it. I just love how straight faced and serious he is whilst the other two are losing their minds and think that he has lost it!
Summary: Lars and the real girl