I imagine there are people all over the world unable to be intimate with others. Whether it’s a handshake or a back pat, human contact to these people is terrifying. For Lars, there is an option to a human relationship, a doll he bought from the internet.
Director Craig Gillespie is also known for “I, Tonya.” That is another film where a person is clearly portrayed who has problems. This film is a brave attempt to show just how messed up Lars really is. Don’t make the mistake of seeing this as a teenage comedy or a slapstick. Far from it. This film takes on the issue of how we can support the messed up individuals in our circle, even when their needs involve a life size doll.
The family and friendships definitely touched me. This town is so accommodating, even to the point of allowing Lars to bring the doll to church and local events. It has its moments and I think it’s Gosling’s best acting ever. Still, it’s a slow burn and I found it a little difficult to sit through toward the end. The writing is to blame. 6/10.