Flash Movie Review: Lars and the Real Girl

My mind was blown by this amazing movie about a man and his inflatable life-sized doll. Before you jump to conclusions; trust me, this wonderful film was nothing what you are thinking now. The movie for me was a perfect reminder that when confronted with someone different or out of the ordinary, acceptance and kindness could have a powerful affect on them. Troubled Lars Lindstrom, played by Ryan Gosling (Drive; Crazy, Stupid Love) had a hard time relating to people. Not until he ordered and received his blowup doll did he begin to come out of his shell, with the added help from his family and neighbors. Emily Mortimer (Hugo, Our Idiot Brother) was especially sympathetic to Lars, playing his sister-in-law Karin, as he began introducing “Bianca” as his girlfriend. Most of you know I am a big fan of Ryan Gosling from my previous reviews of his films. His performance in this unusual story was brilliant. The mix of emotions throughout this tender, funny film were just perfect. This movie was a testament to the power of acceptance and kindness.


3 1/2 stars — DVD


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 4, 2012, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I saw this movie when it was released (2009?) and found it thoroughly engaging! It was, as you say, the perfect mix of humor and pathos. I cringed when Lars would introduce his girlfriend with the perpetually “O” shaped mouth to respectable friends and found it entirely endearing that his small town community seemed to conspire not to judge Lars in his new found love. If blow up dolls could cure problems with intimacy, I imagine we’d see more of them around. Ryan Gosling was spot on in this film.

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