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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 November 2007 (USA)
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A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.



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In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved. Written by Orange

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The search for true love begins outside the box


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lars y la chica real  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$90,418 (USA) (12 October 2007)


$5,949,693 (USA) (29 February 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Lars and Bianca are about to enter the party was entirely improvised by Ryan Gosling (Lars). Another was when he performed CPR on Margo's teddy bear. See more »


At the party, when the host puts on a vinyl record, she drops the needle on the first track on the side. But the song that comes out of the speakers is "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), which is the last song on the Talking Heads album, "Speaking in Tongues." As the last track, it would appear closest to the center of the album, rather than at the outside edge where the needle is placed. In fact, it has never appeared as the lead-off track on any vinyl album. See more »


Kurt: You know what your problem is, Margo? You're just too aggressive. Just chill-lax, you know?
Margo: Shut up!
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Crazy Credits

Bianca Wrangler See more »


Referenced in The Exes: Lutz and the Real Girl (2011) See more »


Genius of Love
Written by Adrian Belew, Chris Frantz (as Christopher Frantz), Steven Stanley (as Steven JC Stanley) and Tina Weymouth
Performed by Tom Tom Club
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Courtesy of the Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises and by arrangement with Metered Music Inc.
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C'mon, it's funny. Is it?
20 October 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Guilt while laughing is an unusual experience ... well except while watching Lars and Bianca. This film is hilarious, touching and insightful. The product of genius writing by Nancy Oliver (Six Feet Under) and solid direction by Craig Gillespie ("Mr. Woodcock"), this film will force you to step back and think about how you treat those who might be a little different or struggle with social interaction.

Ryan Gosling is absolutely amazing as Lars. His character redefines "being in a shell". Wounded by the pain of losing his parents and literally frightened by human touch, Gosling exudes the humanity of a injured child. The real guilty fun starts once Bianca is delivered. Bianca is the anatomically correct molded doll whom Lars treats as a real girlfriend. The ride picks up steam when his relatives and then the entire town elect to play along.

The entire cast is excellent with standout performances by Emily Mortimer ("Match Point"), Paul Schneider, the great Patricia Clarkson as the very wise and very human doctor, and Kelli Garner ("Thumbsucker") looking very homely as the co-worker with a crush on Lars.

Not sure how wide of audience this will find, but I highly recommend to all adults ... it is not a film for kids. Hopefully the academy takes notice of the film, the writing and the acting ... all top notch.

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