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Fake girl at the pulse of genuinely poignant 'Lars'

The Baltimore Sun

Lars and the Real Girl is the darndest thing. Starring Ryan Gosling as the romantically challenged Lars, this is a film whose daring and delicate blend of apparent irreconcilables will sweep you off your feet if you're not careful.

For what screenwriter Nancy Oliver, director Craig Gillespie and a top-notch cast have done is construct a Frank Capra-style fable, a throwback tribute to the joys of friendship and community, around a sex toy. Taking one of the most salacious items modern culture can provide as their centerpiece, they've created the sweetest, most innocent, most completely enjoyable film around.

Lars and the Real Girl (Sidney Kimmel Entertainment) Starring Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Craig Gillespie. Rated PG-13. Time 106 minutes.

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