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Lars and the Real Girl

Gus (Paul Schneider) and his wife Karin (Emily Mortimer) are thrilled to hear Gus's brother Lars (Ryan Gosling) has finally found a girlfriend. But their enthusiasm fades when they discover the new woman in his life is actually a life-sized, plastic dummy. Concerned about his mental health, the couple decides to follow the advice of Lars' psychologist (Patricia Clarkson) and play along with his delusion. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 106
Theater Release: 08 Nov 2007
Video Release: 14 Apr 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Lars and the Real Girl Rated PG-13?


Somewhat misrepresented in the promotional previews, this film is a touching comedy/drama about a man who is convinced he is in love with a doll he has ordered from the Internet. In reality, his dummy is a sex toy, and the other characters in this film are well aware of this fact. Their brief and infrequent discussions about his delusion include sexual innuendo and their curiosity about whether or not the doll is “anatomically correct” (Lars’s sister-in-law is shown peeking under the doll’s skirt in one scene). Other sexual content includes a co-worker who is looking at pornography on the Internet (we don’t see any) and in another scene, a man looks at the website where the doll was ordered and we see dolls dressed in underwear. We see the doll’s posterior while it is being washed in a bathtub. Other content issues are a few infrequent mild profanities and terms of Christian deity used as expletives. A woman knocks a man down while attempting to convince him to come to dinner. Social drinking is seen at a party. Topics regarding delusion, mental health, depression and childhood trauma may make this drama more suitable for adults.

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