"Lars and the Real Girl," is a touching comedy about how a lovable, extreme introvert decides to open up to the possibility of love by ordering a rubber girlfriend on the internet. When the members of his church learn that Lars has a delusion, they decide to help Lars resolve his issues by embracing his silicone girlfriend without a hint of judgment. They accept her into the community even bringing casseroles and sitting with Lars when his girlfriend is sick.
I embraced the story because, like the congregation, I genuinely cared about Lars. This is in part because of excellent performances poised between earnestness and farce. Don't miss this tender comedy. It is the feel good movie of the year.
OSCAR UPDATE: Nancy Oliver was nominated for Best Screenplay. (One of four women writers nominated!)
If you're looking for movies where people are genuinely kind to each other -- a new kind of love story -- watch, "Bella," and, "Lars and the Real Girl." You'll be thankful you did.