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Subtitle Lars And The Real Girl

So what's it about? Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling) is a socially awkward man who spends his days huddled in a cubbyhole at work and his nights hiding out in the garage-turned-apartment he calls home. Ryan's sister-in-law, Karin (Emily Mortimer), is worried about him, but Lars' big brother, Gus (Paul Schneider), doesn't think it's something to be concerned about. He changes his mind when Lars brings home a girlfriend. For Karin and Gus, delight turns to shock when they "meet" her. She's Bianca - a life-sized, anatomically correct sex doll (one of the high priced ones, not the cheap blow-up models). Lars treats her exactly as he would a real woman, although he concedes that she doesn't speak much English, is in a wheelchair, and is shy. Dr. Dagmar (Patricia Clarkson), the local psychiatrist, believes that the best approach to Lars' delusion is to play along with it. Soon, the entire town is treating Bianca with respect, including Margo (Kelli Garner), a girl who is hoping Lars will dump Bianca for her.

subtitle Lars and the Real Girl

Canadian-born Ryan Gosling, one of his country's most prominent up-and-coming actors, is wonderful as Lars, playing the part completely straight. He's moody and broody, but we understand a little of his pain and are able to sympathize with him. As far as Lars is concerned, Bianca is the best thing to happen to him, although the brief glimpses provided into Lars' psyche by the actor hint that he knows how fragile his fairy tale world is. Paul Schneider and Emily Mortimer are excellent in supporting roles. One could argue that they have it tougher since their characters see Bianca for what she is but must pretend she's something else. Both get chances to play their share of comedic and serious scenes, and neither misses a beat no matter what the tone. Other supporting players include the always-reliable Patricia Clarkson as the psychiatrist who suggests sympathy over ridicule and Kelli Garner as the very real girl who might provide Lars with an alternative to Bianca.

To the right of 17 million copies of Juno was two copies of Lars and the Real Girl. One copy was so pristine, you know no one even cracked the case open. Ryan Gosling a.k.a Lars has never landed on my radar as a particularly talented actor. But the story about a repressed man who thinks a blow-up doll is a real girl was just weird enough to entice me.

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.

This is the type of film people are going to either love or hate because it definitely is weird. Ryan Gosling got a lot of Acclaim for it, and certainly, his character is quirky enough to be memorable. He works in an office and goes to a church and lives next to family who keep trying to get him to be more gregarious and get out there and date. In fact, it seems logical that he might do what he does so people will either stop pestering him in this way or simply just leave him alone. A girl at work follows him to has home living next door to his brother and sister-in-law, and gets physically aggressive with him in a way that was repulsive to watch. I couldn't imagine a man doing that to a co-worker and getting away with it, so that scene for me was pretty pathetic. His male coworker who he shares a cubicle with watches adult films on his work computer and gives Lars the idea of creating an anatomically correct woman whom when it shows up looks amazingly like "The Nanny".As his brother and sister-in-law, Paul Schneider andEmily Mortimer are very funny, and Mortimer in particular is very good, wanting to bond with her brother-in-law and understand him, but perplexed by his distance. When he starts dating "Bianca" (the doll), they begin to pretend along with him that she's real, advised by his doctor, Patricia Clarkson, to go along with it. It's very amusing to watch Clarkson take Bianca's pulse, tell Lars that it's very low and suggest bringing her in once a week. The town follow suit in this acceptance of Bianca as real, and invisible rabbits seem to be back in fashion.Kelli Garner, as Margo the co-worker, really bothered me because it's as if the script was saying that it's okay for women to pressure men. But the office that Lars works in is certainly not typical of any office I've ever work in, breaking so many protocols and HR rules that you'd swear this was set in an alternative universe. In fact, the whole town seems to be fixated on everything going on in Lar's life, even the so-called good people at Lars' church. I loved the church lady who basically pointed out to other elders their own secrets, and even brings the wheelchair-bound Bianca a bouquet of flowers the first time Lars brings her to church. Now that's a Christian!I can't really say that I liked this film, but I really felt empathy for Lars wanting to just be left alone in his life, and pressured so much that the ends up going a little bit kooky. Every time they show Bianca at a different event or people's reaction to her, I couldn't help but chuckle so I didn't completely despise it. In fact, any like I have for this film is probably not based on the author's intentions, but the different way in which I perceived the film from my point of view. Very flawed but often amusing in a way where I could not bring myself to say I hate it.

Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling) is an introverted oddball that is loved by all. Karen (Emily Mortimer) is married to Lars' brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and she really worries about him. One night, Lars introduces his new girlfriend Bianca but she's actually a life-size sex doll. Karen is over-protective but Gus is a lot less sensitive. The entire town tries to go along with Lars' delusion.This is a quirky movie built on a foundation of a gimmicky premise. It doesn't really get any big laughs. Without the big laughs, it's hard to figure out what this movie delivers. Everybody is walking around on egg shells for this character. It left me wondering if Gosling should play this with more mental illness. He's playing this like a goofy amiable clueless guy. The whole movie is a little bland and I wish it had more spice to it.

Unable to form relationships with the people around him, Lars order a $6,000 Real Doll whom he believes is his real girlfriend. The initial reaction from those who know and care for him is that he suffers from mental illness. Watching Lars interact with "Bianca" is most unsettling; yet he never attempts to satisfy himself sexually with the doll -- because Bianca (who is also in a wheelchair) is a very religious girl. In the background, is his co-worker, Margo (Kelli Garner), who is equally as lonely but who longs for Lars due to his handsome features and caring personality. There must be something in the snow that falls in Minnesota/Wisconsin/North Dakota, because between Fargo, A Serious Man, and Lars and the Real Girl -- the local population is really messed up.

Mabel scares all of the women out of the toilet at the mall by screaming at them with a bull horn and Dipper is forced leave to deal with the security that arrived to investigate, leaving Soos to find a date alone. Soos cannot decide how to interact with any of the women due to them having "too many dimensions" and there not being any "explanatory menus." He fails to attract any women once again and wishes he was back home talking to .GIFfany. .GIFfany now appears in a television behind him. Soos is relieved but confused as to how she managed to get to him. .GIFfany now reveals that she was a sentient game and demonstrated her powers on a robotic toy dog to prove a point. She then reveals that attacked her programmers when they tried to delete her. When Soos asks what .GIFfany did to the developers, she politely refuses to answer, due to a supposed lack of importance. She then says that now Soos won't have to talk to real girls ever again and that they can now be together forever to which Soos responds positively. .GIFfany says they can do anything Soos wants, which apparently is riding a toy train.

Standing in the ruins of the pizzeria, Soos invites Melody to the engagement party. She accepts the offer but reveals that she won't be in town much longer after the party as she has to return to Portland in a few weeks. She proposes that they video chat when she leaves and although this arrangement was not much different from .GIFfany's, he agrees, happy to finally converse with a real girl. Mabel and Dipper are glad that Soos managed to get a date in the end. His abuelita, who surfaces from the ball pit, is too. When asked if she had been following them all day, she confesses that "Soos' life is [her] soap opera." 041b061a72


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