Thursday, November 19, 2009

Movie Review: Lars and the Real Girl


I am so excited to write this blog post. I've been looking forward to it since last Friday, when Jeremy and I watched the first half of Lars and the Real Girl. The Netflix DVD stopped working at that point and it was like torture to wait until Tuesday to receive the replacement disc. I almost jumped the gun and wrote a review of the movie anyway, on the basis of having seen the first half only. But then I decided that since there were so many ways that this particular movie could go horribly wrong, I'd better wait until I'd seen the whole thing before I recommended it.

Thankfully, my suspicions that the movie would turn out to be awesome were correct.


Never mind what you've heard about the premise of Lars and the Real Girl. Never mind what made me decide to give the movie a chance despite my misgivings (though this review had something to do with it). Just know that I loved this movie, and I'm so glad I watched it, and I think you should watch it, too.

Because Lars and the Real Girl is the kind of movie that makes you smile the whole way through. Even when it's touching, or sad, or unbelievably strange, you're still smiling. During the few days between when we saw the first half and the second half of the movie, I found myself thinking about the characters, wondering how they were doing. This, despite the fact that a) they are fictional people, and b) the events of their lives were necessarily suspended because they exist only inside of the movie, of which I had only seen half. I didn't care. I missed them.

And even though the premise is very wacky, the movie handles it well. There were a few times in the movie where I found myself thinking, "I knew this was too good to be true. Here comes a scene where it's going to go totally over the top and ruin the whole thing." But each time, the movie found a way to keep it light, keep it effective, and keep me smiling. If you do see the movie, watch out for the line, "And she is not petite, Lars. Bianca is a big, big girl!" to see a perfect example of what I mean. (Also: "We brought casseroles.")

Waking Ned Devine (and perhaps Son of Rambow) aside, Lars and the Real Girl is one of the strangest movies I've seen. But I found it charming, uplifting, and enjoyable. If you heard what it was about and decided not to see it on that basis alone, please reconsider. I don't think you'll be sorry.

11 comments:

Amanda said...

That's so funny, we just got this a few weeks ago. I didn't tell Tyler anything about it, so he thought it was extra, extra odd. I really liked it too.

JackJen said...

I love this one. I don't know why, but whenever he put her in the car, it made me giggle. =)

Well-done review, Bridget!

Katie said...

So... what IS it about?

Spencer said...

One of our favorites of all time--it always makes me laugh a lot.

The question is, though: am I the only one that cries every time I see it?

Bridget said...

OK, all you people who have seen and loved this movie, WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME ABOUT IT? I could have been enjoying it ages ago.

Katie, you'll have to look elsewhere. I almost explained the premise in this post but I didn't want to give future Google searches the wrong idea about this blog.

Jeremy Palmer said...

two thumbs up

The Johnsons said...

I can relate to your attachment to fictional characters. I do the same thing all the time! I have to be careful what I watch or read because it could emotional drain me :) And it will definitely distract me! I felt that way finishing the Hunger Games. For three days I was wondering how everyone was holding out and debating if I wanted to pay full price for #2, or wait till I could loan it from someone. I'm having a hard time believing I can be fully satisfied with the outcome of #2, We'll see.

justin and jess said...

I LOVE this movie. It is one of my favorites, and a movie that I can watch over again. I adore Ryan Gossling. And I too cry when I watch this.

Liz Johnson said...

I really really really want to see this, but Redbox doesn't have it. ARRGH. But your review almost pushes me over the edge to recommit to Netflix just to see it... hmm...

Lark said...

Also on our top list - I laughed and cried - loved it. (Sorry, add me to the list of one of those that didn't tell you about it either :) Glad you finally saw it!

Kristen said...

Just added it to my queue. I've never heard of it and have no clue about the apparent controversy to which you have alluded. I guess that's best, although I'll be curious after watching it what that's all about. I love weird but cool movies (or books too). Thanks for the recommendation.

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