Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider
This is a movie I’ve been half-heartedly meaning to watch for a while now, and I think it pretty much lived up to my expectations. It was an interesting idea portrayed competently, though I gotta admit it had a much happier ending than I was expecting. I’m not a fan of happy endings.
A weird guy who’s dad recently died orders a real doll (a “lifelike” sex doll) from the internet. Instead of what you’d expect, he dresses the doll up in clothes and pushes it around in a wheelchair, calling it his girlfriend. His brother is worried, but the small town doctor they go to says to just let him work out his issues by himself. The doll eventually gets accepted by the rest of the town as being an actual person, and as Lars gets healthier his relationship with the doll gets worse.
My biggest complaint about this movie was the acting. Ryan Gosling cultivates a screen presence that makes you constantly question whether he realizes he’s on a movie or if he knows which character he’s supposed to be playing. Having Paul Schneider (aka the boring guy from Parks & Recreation) as the other main foil for him doesn’t help any either, as the family dinners are mostly the brother’s wife emoting all over the place in between these two guys who seem to be waiting for the other to speak first and they refuse to make eye contact until the other one does first.