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Personifying Plastic: “Lars and the Real Girl” & A Modern Day Love Story

This week I scoured Netflix to find the perfect film that adequately portrayed my feelings for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Surprisingly enough, I found solace in a film that starred Ryan Gosling that was not The Notebook.

The 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl follows Lars Lindstrom (Gosling), an introverted social cripple, who finds love in anatomically correct plastic sex doll.

Sounds pretty hilarious right?

Actually, while the movie is relatively quirky, it is deeply sad as well.

Problems arise, when Lars’ brother (Paul Schneider) and his pregnant wife (Emily Mortimer) decide Lars needs some form of psychological intervention. It is then, that Lars embarks on a journey of self-discovery and ultimately self-actualization.

Gosling’s character is reminiscent of a loveable Norman Bates-without the stuffed, dead mother- which makes his performance in the film easier to swallow than his roles in other romance films like The Notebook and keeps the film engaging and the pacing digestible.

The film does tend to get sappy at moments; however, the instant that occurs, all you have to do is remember that Gosling is in fact in love with a sex doll and the romance diminishes.

This film was exceedingly successful due to its ability to create laughter from the absurdity while drawing out sentiment in the same breath.

The run time for the film  is 1 hr. 46 min. and it is rated PG-13.

Posted by on February 17, 2013. Filed under Entertainment. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.