I just saw this movie about a guy who falls in love with a blow-up doll.
And you’re immediately thinking, is it another American Pie sequel? Or one of those crazy Judd Apatow ideas? It’s not. It’s not crass at all. It’s not like Weekend at Bernie’s either, or one of those psychological head-trippy movies where you don’t know what’s going on until the very last scene.
It’s about a guy. Who falls in love with a blow-up doll. And the town who loves him still.
And, oh my goodness, just thinking about it again makes my heart expand and my tears well up (though, that might be the onions I had to chop earlier this evening…the tears at least…not the expanding heart).
I don’t want to give away too much of the story – not that it’s full of shocking revelations or anything, but because it’s all so much more emotional when you have no idea what to expect – but I know that NOBODY is going to willingly suggest “that movie about the guy and the blow-up doll” without a bit of support.
So it’s about this guy in his late 20s (Ryan Gosling), who is basically normal – he has a job; he goes to church; he’s on good terms with everyone in his small town. He seems to be prohibitively shy – he lives in the garage, even though he has joint ownership of a house with his brother. In an early scene, his sister-in-law jumps out in front of his car in an effort to convince him to join them for dinner. She’s pregnant at the time – she’s pregnant through the whole movie – which is so sweet and hilarious.
Like the movie.
He orders this woman through the mail. And he introduces her to his family. And brings her to church. Then she accompanies him to a holiday party, and to the mall, and before you know it the entire town knows about his girlfriend. And accepts them.
So the movie is about this town, and the ways they gently bear with him through this delusion, and the ways they all learn and grow as a result of it. And seriously, it’s the most wonderful movie I’ve seen in a long time.
So y’all need to rent Lars and the Real Girl PRONTO, so that we can discuss everything that happened, and how it should probably change our lives.