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Overall B+

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.

Violence B+
Sexual Content B-
Profanity B
Substance Use A-

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Lars and the Real Girl

With the help of a professional, Lars’s brother and sister-in-law—along with members of the community—look for creative ways to indirectly help Lars. How are these methods more productive than directly addressing the obvious problem?

The timeline in this film appears to span a few months. Is this a realistic amount of time for Lars to resolve his illness? How might media work to convince us that complex problems can be solved quickly?