Tuesday, November 20, 2007

"Lars and the Real Girl"

"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.

Nancy Oliver was nominated for Best Screenplay. (One of four women writers nominated!)
Lars Lindstrom is a lovable introvert whose emotional baggage has kept him from fully embracing life. After years of what is almost solitude, he invites Bianca, a friend he met on the internet to visit him. He introduces Bianca to his brother Gus and his wife Karen and they are stunned. They don't know what to say to Lars or Bianca--because she is a life-size doll, not a real person and he is treating her as though she is alive. They consult the family doctor Dagmar who explains this is a delusion he's created--for what reason she doesn't yet know but they should all go along with it. What follows is an emotional journey for Lars and the people around him. 

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.

Movie Blessings,
Jana Segal


reel inspiration said...

The Academy Awards nominations were announced. Two big surprises for me: Juno being nominated for Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Screenplay! And Lars and the Real Girl being nominated for best screenplay. Two comedies in the best writing section --unheard of! (By me anyway...) Congratuations Diablo Cody (Juno) and Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl.)

patrick said...

the over all look and feel of Lars and the Real Girl reminded me a lot of Mozart and the Whale (Josh Hartnett plays a similar character as Ryan Gosling’s); well done over all, Gosling did a great job playing out his character's psychological transitions