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Writing about American theater in , the British critic Kenneth Tynan sounded a familiar note. Modern American drama, he had discovered, is a family affair. It holds a flattering mirror up to us that erases every distortion. Hollywood used to turn out these visions on a weekly basis; it still does on occasion, often by way of sports flicks, though no one sold this type of canned hokum like the old-school professionals. The specific flowed into the general and back out again. This is how Lars comes to buy Bianca, a life-size doll with a ready mouth and monumental bust.
Not at all. Lars and the Real Girl is, in a word, restrained. Though it repeatedly presents scenarios that any reasonable person would assume could only be played for laughs, it never really gives in to the impulse to make an easy joke. This is a sensitive movie, a big-hearted, idealistic, vulnerable movie. Lars and the Real Girl is a movie that wants you to be happy and that feels pretty confident — you know, not annoyingly confident, more like reasonably self-assured — that it could make you happy.
Sometimes you find love where you'd least expect it. Just ask Lars Gosling , a sweet but quirky guy who thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in a life-sized doll named Bianca. Lars is completely content with his artificial girlfriend, but when he develops feelings for Margo, an attractive co-worker, Lars finds himself lost in a hilariously unique love triangle, hoping to somehow discover the real meaning of true love. Offbeat and endearing, this romantic comedy takes a fresh look at dating and relationships and dares to ask the question: What's so wrong with being happy?