Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 27, 2009

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
I think that this movie is supposed to be touching, endearing, and heartfelt. What it actually is is creepy, melodramatic, and emotionally manipulative. Oh look, isn't it sad that Lars can't socialize with people? Isn't he silly, thinking that he's in love with a blow-up doll? Aren't his family and neighbors supportive of him, playing along with his delusion? No, no, and no. He's a sympathetic character, sure, but his clinging to his delusion makes him pitiable and not in a good way. His brother and sister-in-law's refusal to deal with his mental issues only perpetuates them and makes the rest of us suffer through this movie. Oscar-nominated for writing - wouldn't have been my first choice.
My Netflix rating: 2 stars

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