Ryan Gosling is an awkward, maladjusted young man who brings his dream girl home to meet his brother and sister-in-law. The only catch is that his dream girl is really a sex doll he bought on the Internet.
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A very funny film with great performances by everyone. Gosling is adorable, Clarkson is divine, in a goddess type of way, Mortimer was perfect. The rest of the cast was a nice surprise, 'discovering' them for the first time in this film. It's very well written, a perfect example of a concise and complete screenplay.
Narrative was too Hollywood perfect [though, as a utopian, ideal way of potentially handling a mental illness it works, I guess], and comedies with serious elements still feel weird to me--but besides those things it was pretty good~ I laughed a lot, a lot, and I love the way Gosling always plays these subtly funny in a sarcastic kind of way characters :]
I love Gosling and Clarkson, and I know where they and the filmmakers were trying to go with this, but it just didn't work for me. It's a cute story about a troubled man and the lengths to which his peers go to embrace him, but it was a bit too Hallmark-ish for me. One friend told me she cried during the last hour of the film. I must be an ogre; all I did was sigh and groan a few times.
Ryan Gosling, who brings an authenticity to his role when it could easily have been a goofy caricature. The acting aside, the script is pretty hackneyed and predictable; and the whole film has a cold atmosphere that seems to be going for a touch of melancholy, but just comes off as dingy and dreary. Not a terrible film, but despite it's unusual premise, is dull and goes on way too long.
This movie is underrated. It's smart, genuinely moving, and complex. Some of the acting/directing could have been better at times admittedly, but it gets an overall passing grade from me. If nothing else, Ryan Gosling's performance is reason enough to recommend. If you didn't think he was a great actor before, look at this indie gem. You will change your mind.
An alternative sort of love story, in the vein of something like Her, except of it being artificial intelligence, it’s a sex doll with an imaginary personality. It’s a sweet little film that approaches themes like human kindness and dealing with damages to that loss causes, the latter of which it never seems to fully grasp and tackle head on in my opinion. Overall a nice movie, but somewhat forgettable.