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Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real Girl

…There’s no denying that Lars and the Real Girl‘s defiantly good nature comes as something of a refresher, especially given that the oddball subject matter would normally be exploited for gross-out gags. Yet as a result, Lars feels wholly neutered, a wishful-thinking portrait of a reliably lovable outcast, who not only is almost entirely embraced in his antisocial behavior but also never comes up against much conflict. Therefore, the film’s nearly Pollyanna-ish outcome–in which a town bands together in a show of epic enabling and a stunted man-child learns about personal growth–is practically a given, and the film moves along a steady, inoffensive track to a feel-good outcome. Click here to read all of Michael Koresky’s review of Lars and the Real Girl.

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