Lars and the Real Girl

October 25th, 2007


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A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.4/10 (51,071 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Craig Gillespie

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider

In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law's home. The only problem is that she's not real - she's a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he's nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they've always loved.

Ryan Gosling - Lars Lindstrom
Emily Mortimer - Karin
Paul Schneider - Gus
R.D. Reid - Reverend Bock
Kelli Garner - Margo
Nancy Beatty - Mrs. Gruner
Doug Lennox - Mr. Hofstedtler
Joe Bostick - Mr. Shaw
Liz Gordon - Mrs. Schindler
Nicky Guadagni - Mrs. Petersen
Patricia Clarkson - Dagmar
Karen Robinson - Cindy
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos - Kurt
Billy Parrott - Erik
Sally Cahill - Deb

Taglines: The search for true love begins outside the box


Official Website: Diaphana [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 25 October 2007

Filming Locations: Alton, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $90,418 (USA) (14 October 2007) (7 Screens)

Gross: $11,293,523 (Worldwide) (29 March 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The "Real Doll" was featured on The Graham Norton Effect. The doll was given to the show and was stated as costing $6,000. She arrived in the same kind of crate that is shown in the movie. To test how real the doll looked they sat her in a bar with drink in hand, sunglasses and a speaker placed on her so they could talk to whomever came up to talk to the doll. One man was told to go into the bathroom, take off his pants and wait for her. He did.

Continuity: In the bowling scene, when Margo hits the pins, they all fall down. When the shot is returned to her, two pins in the left hand corner are left standing. Then when the shot is return the third time, all the pins are gone again.

Margo: Things look so much better!

User Review

Don't let the synopsis put you off

Rating: 9/10

There is just no way to explain the plot of this film and not have it sound rather silly and this film is anything but foolish frivolity. I found it utterly charming and carefully and delicately directed. There are moments of belly shaking humor and quiet tears as Ryan Gosling brilliantly evolves from a reclusive soul with the help of a silicone woman and a kind hearted community. I want to know these endearing people. There is a moral point to this film, perhaps more than one. Don't be put off by the synopsis, or trailer. This is not your standard Hollywood fare. See it for the humor, or the humanity, either way, you will be glad you did. I see very, very few films twice- this one is on my list.