lars and the real girl ... wow, this movie was NOTHING like i expected. from the preview i saw on another dvd, it looked like it was going to be a silly little movie about a guy that buys one of those 'real doll' things men buy on the internet (the newest answer to the blow up doll LOL), so i rented it out of curiosity. instead, this movie completely blew me away with the touching story, the emotion it brought out in me (i cried twice!), and i am in complete appreciation for ryan gosling's acting skills. up until now, i haven't been that impressed with him ... and actually, i tended to NOT like him because of the first role i saw him in (murder by numbers) ... but wow, he did an awesome job.
unlike i expected, lars did not buy his "real doll" for sexual purposes ... instead, he has a mental illness that causes him to have difficulty dealing with real people ... so the doll becomes his imaginary girlfriend. this movie shows how his relationship with 'brianna' helps to bring him out of his hole, and how those who love him come to accept his 'issues' with love.
truly amazing movie .... i recommend it highly ... more than anything i've watched in the past couple of years.