Lars and the Real Girl | 2007 | PG-13 | - 3.1.2
Shy and withdrawn, Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling) has a boring office job, a dark apartment in a garage behind his childhood home, and generally a lonely, bleak existence. But when he introduces his new companion, Bianca, to his family and townspeople, they are shocked to realize that she is a life-sized doll. However, they accept his delusion in order to bring him back from the edge of insanity. Also with Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Kelli Garner and Paul Schneider. Directed by Craig Gillespie. [1:46]
- A man shows another man a website that he says is pornographic and we see faces and torsos of women dressed in crop-top T-shirts and short-shorts, revealing cleavage, bare abdomens and bare legs. A man accesses a website and we see the face and torso of a buxom woman in a revealing crop-top T-shirt and skimpy shorts. A pregnant woman sits on her bed, raises her shirt to view her swollen abdomen and rubs it while contemplating having a baby.
► A man kisses a life-size female doll on the lips, begins to sob and hugs the doll. A man sits on a couch with a life-sized doll (the doll is fully clothed). A man slow-dances with a life-sized doll, holding it close around the waist. A woman examines a life-sized female doll lifting the doll's skirt, peeks underneath, gasps, and quickly looks away (we do not see what is under the skirt). A man lies beside a life-sized doll in bed.
► A woman flirts with a man in an office and a woman flirts with male co-workers by flipping her hair and giggling.
► Four women in a restaurant discuss what a "love doll" is (no specifics are mentioned); the women later state that a life-sized doll is very attractive. A man tells another man that life-sized dolls are anatomically correct. Two men at a party tell another man that his "girlfriend" life-sized doll is "hot" and "a total babe" and also really flexible. Two men discuss a man having a life-sized doll that is attractive and a third man asks if the doll has a sister for him. A woman asks a shy young man if he is gay because he has no girlfriend, and he denies it. Someone asks a young man if he thinks the "new girl" is cute. A man tells his psychiatrist that his life-sized female doll wants to hug everyone but that people don't like it. A female psychiatrist tells a male patient that she is unable to have children. A man tells his psychiatrist that he proposed to a life-sized doll and was rejected.
- A woman jumps in front of a man's car as he pulls in the driveway, he slams on his brakes, jumps out of the car saying she scared him, and she wrestles him to the ground and he accepts a dinner invitation.
► A psychiatrist touches a man's arm with one finger without him feeling pain, then two fingers which make him feel some pain, and then fingers on the side of his neck which make him scream.
► A man yells loudly for a life-sized female doll to wake up, he decides that the doll is unconscious and has to be hospitalized, and a woman calls 911; the EMTs arrive and take the doll to the hospital. A man takes a female doll to a lake and we see him standing in the lake with the life-sized doll in his arms, crying that it is dead.
► We see a life-sized doll under the covers in a hospital bed and a man is holding its hand. We see a female life-sized doll's funeral, where people cry and grieve and the scene cuts to the cemetery. A man ties a noose around a woman's small teddy bear and tells her it is dead, and another man finds the woman crying and gives the teddy bear CPR to bring it back to life.
► We hear that a life-sized doll is so ill that it's dying. A man has one-sided arguments with a life-sized doll. A man states that his mother died in his childbirth and that being touched is painful for him and feels like being burned. A man takes a female doll to a cemetery to visit the graves of his parents.
► A man becomes angry when people accept a life-sized doll as a real person, and invite it to do things without him.
- 1 scatological reference, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (nuts, insane, crazy), 2 religious profanities.
- Several people at a party hold glasses of wine or liquor and/or bottles of beer, and a few take sips from them, in a house party scene a life-sized doll holds a bottle of wine as a house gift, and a man states that he will have a beer, but that his doll does not drink.
- Family, relationships, shyness, loss, funerals, fear, loneliness, mental illness, community support, accepting help, the importance of dolls in childhood, the difference between pretending and delusion.
- Loneliness is painful.
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