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Simple movie is unconventional love story

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By Kelly Dolejsi

If you look up “Lars and the Real Girl” (2007, PG-13) on Internet Movie Database (IMDB) the one-line blurb reports, “A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.”
First, I wonder if the adjectives “delusional” and “unconventional” are really necessary, considering the noun “doll.”
Second, I wonder if it’s possible to summarize such a paradoxically complex and simple film at all, but particularly in a single sentence.
Yes, it’s about a quiet man who — unable to initiate a relationship with the kind of woman who breathes, eats, asks questions and has the power to reject him — chooses instead to court a sex doll.
But that is a jumping-off point, not a movie. It would be just as true to say that in “Lars and the Real Girl,” a newcomer unites a small northern community, and why yes, that newcomer is the glamorous if plastic Bianca.


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