Friday Movies: Lars and the Real Girl

Le bouquiniste dans la rue Mercer.

What I couldn’t figure out was why a film starring Ryan Gosling, with Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson among others, about a guy who dates an inflatable doll was showing at the art houses. On the one hand, there was the weirdness factor – that made sense. On the other, there was the awful review in the Times (“100% pure calculation”). which made the movie sound untouchable by highbrow venues. Lars and the Real Girl was at least something of a puzzle going in, which nothing else showing at the moment was. So I got on the 6 and went down to see it at the Angelika.

Lars and the Real Girl.

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Afterwards, I had a teeny tiny adventure, which I turned into a shaggy dog story as soon as I got home. I have been feeling my inner Maeve Brennan lately – although I have a long way to go before I’m as eloquent as the Long-Winded Lady.

Left Behind.

2 Responses to “Friday Movies: Lars and the Real Girl

  1. Gregg says:

    I sat here reading your story about complaints at the movie while I was looking at the the two coupons Woody and I were issued because something was wrong with one of the movies we saw and we complained several times before something was done.
    Nowadays I gather we are lucky if we can even find someone to complain to!

  2. Nom de plume says:

    What an astounding review of a movie I would never have considered, exactly because of both the premise and the trailors. I’ll hold off any more comment until I’ve seen the film, which I intend to do post haste. Wow.