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Lars and the Real Girl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Farah M., Congers,

     The premise of this film is both amusing and intriguing: Ryan Gosling's character falls in love with a blow-up doll. Somehow, director Craig Gillespie and writer Nancy Oliver built a poignant and darkly comedic movie based on this very eccentric storyline. In a year of lackluster films, this is one of the most original and beautifully made movies of 2007.

Lars (Gosling) is a socially awkward but gentle man, who lives a monotonous life until his coworker shows him a website where he can order a life-size blow-up doll. When “Bianca” arrives, Lars begins to develop his first remotely normal relationship. Inevitably, his brother and sister-in-law (Emily Mortimer) become concerned and take Lars to the doctor (Patricia Clarkson), who tells them that Lars is under a delusion that Bianca is real and that everyone should play along.

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