Lars and the Real Doll: I finally saw it!

I’m not sure I mentioned it before, but I’ve long wanted to see 2007′s movie Lars and the Real Girl. Finally, a few weeks ago, I remembered to rent the DVD and… wow. Has anyone else seen it? Thoughts or reflections on love, attraction, getting onself together, believing in others, supporting people regardless of how wacky it seems at the time, or anything else the movie inspired you to consider? 

For those who hadn’t heard of the movie (it was relatively low key), it stars Ryan Gosling and Emily Mortimer. The movie tells the story of a young man (Gosling’s character, in the movie poster above) who seems sort of lonely and afraid of getting close to others, and who then finds a "girlfriend" in a Real Sex Doll (a life sized real-enough looking doll that some men buy to have sex with). Only for Lars, she’s like a girlfriend. What gets really interesting is when he starts introducing her in town… to learn the rest, you’ll have to watch the movie.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • http://herknees.com/ Miss Knees

    I saw this movie a few months ago and I thought it was really sweet. A little sad, too, but mostly sweet. Hm, I can’t remember enough about it to say any more, but I do recommend people check it out.

  • http://herknees.com Miss Knees

    I saw this movie a few months ago and I thought it was really sweet. A little sad, too, but mostly sweet. Hm, I can’t remember enough about it to say any more, but I do recommend people check it out.

  • Debby

    YES… sweet and sad. That’s exactly the combination Ryan Gosling delivers so well. It made me think a lot about some of my undergrad psychology classes, too, in which our professors always emphasized things that were “real or imagined” often had the same weight for a person. In other words, whether Bianca was real or imagined almost didn’t matter because for his character (and eventually town) she was very real indeed.

  • Debby

    YES… sweet and sad. That’s exactly the combination Ryan Gosling delivers so well. It made me think a lot about some of my undergrad psychology classes, too, in which our professors always emphasized things that were “real or imagined” often had the same weight for a person. In other words, whether Bianca was real or imagined almost didn’t matter because for his character (and eventually town) she was very real indeed.

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