Lars and the Real Girl… and why it’s in the official top ten movies to see before Jesus returns.
A must see. Epic fact win. Choice number two for movie night for grown ups at Rootz (no longer to be called Adult’s Film Club due to unfortunate connotations).
Released in 2007, this movie went under the radar a bit. What a shame, when 2007 seemed to shamelessly promote some horrors; Shrek the Third, Evan Almighty, Mr Bean’s Holiday, Spider Man 3, for example.
Lars and the Real Girl is the story about Lars and his girlfriend, Bianca, a purchased-over-the-internet life sized doll, designed for the purpose of giving pleasure to lonely men. Which she does for Lars, but not in the manner intended. Lars develops a meaningful, yet delusional, relationship with her.
After some expert advice Lars’ immediate family and eventually the whole community accommodate their lifestyles and their hearts to embrace Lars’ unorthodox choice of partner. As a result they are all changed, each person growing in the best sense for the grace they choose to show in this bizarre set up.
As this relationship plays out Lars seems to get some of the healing needed along the way too, a beautiful depiction by Ryan Gosling. I’ve now added other movies of his to the Lovefilm list.
Great for some discussion and dialogue about community, human development, and belonging. If you like dialogue of a theological nature look for themes of grace, restoration, and community.
This film gets ten thumbs up. Sadly I’ve only got two thumbs so I just put them both up and thrust them five times- that’s how you know it’s a really good film.