Tuesday, April 20, 2010


5 out of 5. Craig Gillespie's LARS AND THE REAL GIRL makes you see the good in humanity, especially in community. It forces one to look at how people have to grow beyond traumatic experiences in ways that make very little sense to most of us. The acting is first rate. Since HALF-NELSON I've been a fan of Ryan Gosling's work. He's an actor's actor and he's got my respect. If you like Edward Norton's early work you'll dig this guy. It's hard to compare this movie to anything. It's bittersweet and makes you work for it but by the end, you really get a satisfying pay-off.


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