Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
February 17, 2020 6:45 PM - Subscribe

Extremely shy Lars finds it impossible to make friends or socialize. His brother and sister-in-law worry about him, so when he announces that he has a girlfriend he met on the Internet, they are overjoyed. But Lars' new lady is a life-size plastic woman. On the advice of a doctor, his family and the rest of the community go along with his delusion.
posted by ruben (5 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Lars and the Real Girl is streaming in the US on Amazon Prime, DirecTV, and Showtime; as well as ad-supported on IMDB, the Roku Channel, Vudu, Tubi, and Pluto TV.
posted by Etrigan at 6:10 AM on February 18, 2020

I watched it in Amazon Prime. I found heartwarming the way the town supports Lars trough his crisis by giving his “girlfriend” things to do, a job, etc.

There was a part in the movie where he went bowling without “her” and some guys recognized him, I thought they were going to make fun of him, but they ended up playing together. Very wholesome movie.
posted by ruben at 8:21 AM on February 18, 2020 [3 favorites]

I have to say I was kind of astonished at how touching I found this movie. Particularly in the way "Bianca" started to spread beyond just Lars and have ripple effects across the whole town, just as "real" person might.

It makes me think of another movie called Postmark Paradise, in which a bunch of yahoos get a Russian mail-order bride for one of their circle as a prank, without giving any thought at all to what's going to happen to her after the joke. So there she is stuck in this little town. She gets a job in the local diner, and her presence starts to influence things in the town until she's become an indispensable part of it.
posted by Naberius at 11:50 AM on February 18, 2020 [2 favorites]

Yeah I think the general warm-heartedness of this movie is kind of surprising and expectations-subverting. Everybody is kind of good and wants to do what's best and not be an asshole.
posted by fleacircus at 5:50 PM on February 19, 2020 [1 favorite]

I haven't seen this movie in a few years, but I remember being pleasantly surprised at how sweet loving it was. There were so many ways it could have gone wrong, and it didn't, and I genuinely loved it.
posted by sarcasticah at 11:28 AM on February 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

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