Lars and the Real Girl stars Ryan Gosling, as Lars, who is a young man lacking in social skills. We see that Lars does not like to leave his home very often, is quite shy around the opposite sex, and is cut off from society. Early on we see a connection between Lars and Margo (Kelli Garner), a co-worker of his. Margo seems very interested in Lars but he is reluctant to show any interest. Margo’s hope for a relationship with Lars is quickly diminished when she learns he has a girlfriend.
The girlfriend is Bianca, who is first introduced to Lars family. Upon meeting the new girlfriend his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and his wife Karin (Emily Mortimer) become immediately concerned when they meet Bianca. Bianca turns out to be an online ordered, plastic, anatomically correct doll. Lars continues his relationship with his doll, which includes him taking her to church, work functions and even getting her a job. After a visit to the doctor he is diagnosed as delusional and the doctor reveals that since Lars created this delusion, he is the only one who can end it.
In the beginning my side was hurting from laughing so much. The scenes with Ryan Gosling, bringing this doll home to meet his family were outrageously funny. Unfortunately, after awhile the joke wares on you, and it just is not funny anymore. I found the film kept my interest in the beginning and lost me half way through, mainly due to the repetitive nature. However towards the end it did regain my attention. I found the reaction of the town and the doctor’s recommendations to be a little bit unbelievable. Overall this film had an okay love story, combined with an excelled performance by Ryan Gosling, which may, very well have saved the film for me. Great for a few laughs, but a little to drawn out.
Review By: Jolene Mendez