Netflix Recommendation: Lars and the Real Girl
Written by The Dishmaster, Posted in Uncategorized
I’ll never understand why Ryan Gosling didn’t get an Oscar nomination for this film. Despite getting some great movie roles, I still see Gosling as an extremely underrated actor. I first noticed his talent when I saw The Notebook, and he confirmed his acting chops with Lars and the Real Girl. The film is about a lonely guy from a small town who tells his family that he finally got a girlfriend. His family is thrilled, and they invite them over for dinner to meet his girlfriend. When Lars (Gosling) shows up with a doll and introduces her as his girlfriend, his family has no idea how to react. They decide to treat the doll as if she’s a real person until they can figure out a solution. The exploration of Lars’ mental health, coupled with the task of treating a doll as a real human being, makes this film one of the best I’ve seen. Rent it.