Lars and the Real Girl could almost be
considered a romantic comedy and revolves around Lars (Ryan Gosling)
who is quite a shy man and
lives in the garage apartment behind his brother Gus’ (Paul
Schneider) house. To compound the situation for Lars, Gus’ wife Karin (Emily Mortimer) is always trying
to involve Lars, inviting him to meals, however he always shyly refuses.
Both Gus and Karin have a bet standing between them on whether Lars
will ever accept their dinner offer.
However, one evening he approaches them and says that he’s going to be coming
to dinner and is bringing his new girlfriend. She’s a wheelchair bound
missionary named Bianca. When Lars arrives, Gus and Karin find out that she’s really
a life-size, anatomically correct sex doll that Lars has bought off
the internet. Although "shocked", they pretend to be oblivious to
the situation and play along.
The next day, Gus and Karin contacts Dr. Dagmar (Patricia Clarkson) and under
the guise of bringing in Bianca for a checkup, they hope that the
doctor will investigate the mental state of Lars. Dr. Dagmar finally
comes to the resolution that Lars is using this sex doll to cope
with his inability of meeting real women. Although the premise may
sound a tad outrageous, it's quite a quirky comedy that has some
truly entertaining moments and when the entire town gets involved in
the act, Lars and the Real Girl is one of the most original movies
of the year.