Lars and the Real Girl is the perfect romance film for the non-romance-genre lover. I myself am one such person. I get annoyed by the cheap story telling, the shallow characters, the flimsy plots and so tend to avoid romance movies on the regular. I also am typically not even into those giant, sweeping, epic romance films as they many times just depress and bore me. I guess I’m a bit quirky like that.
But Lars and the Real Girl makes me cry like a baby. It makes me giggle and wince. But most of all, by the end of the movie it gives me hope in humanity again. Sure it’s not real, but it’s the kind of story your soul needs to be told.
Ryan Gosling plays an emotionally troubled young man (amazingly, by the way. LORDY he can act) who falls in love with a sex doll, much to his family’s shock and concern. The character development and the message being communicated throughout the film are truly astonishing and have impacted me ever since my first seeing it.
This film taught me not to judge what I see on the outside, but to instead always, with an open mind, humbled spirit, and full heart embrace my fellow human. It taught me that real love looks like getting your hands dirty loving people — not just people you enjoy loving, but people whom you may be uncomfortable loving for whatever reason.
Finally, much to the contradiction of the premise, you won’t have to worry about your kid seeing this movie with you. There is absolutely no sex doll action, so-to-speak, haha. So, just for you parents, it’s a great, heart-warming story for most all audiences.
As far as Valentine’s flicks go, this one takes the cake for me.