Lars and the Real Girl

For today’s moment-in-fiction Monday I’m going to quote on of my favorite movies instead of a book. If you’re dashing toward the NaNoWriMo finish line, I thought you might prefer a movie recommendation since you’re probably tired of looking at words.

This comes from LARS AND THE REAL GIRL. If you haven’t heard of this one, here’s the trailer:

And here is the quote:

Lars Lindstrom: I was talking to Bianca, and she was saying that in her culture they have these rites of passages and rituals and ceremonies, and, just all kinds of things that, when you do them, go through them, let you know that you’re an adult. Doesn’t that sound great?

Gus: It does.

Lars Lindstrom: How’d you know?

Gus: How’d I know what?

Lars Lindstrom: That you were a man.

Gus: Ahhh. I couldn’t tell ya.

Lars Lindstrom: Was it… okay, was it sex?

Gus: Um. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s uh, yeah, yeah it’s kind of – it’s uh – no. Well, it’s kind of sex but it’s not, uh, you know? I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s – uh – good question, good question.

Lars Lindstrom: Yeah, but I have to know.

Gus: [dryer buzzes] Hold that thought.

Gus: [in basement] You know, you should ask Dagmar.

Lars Lindstrom: I did ask Dagmar. And she said that I should ask you.

Gus: Okay, you know I can only give you my opinion.

Lars Lindstrom: That’s what we want.

Gus: Well, it’s not like you’re one thing or the other, okay? There’s still a kid inside but you grow up when you decide to do right, okay? And not what’s right for you, what’s right for everybody, even when it hurts.

Lars Lindstrom: Okay, like what?

Gus: Like, you know, like, you don’t jerk people around, you know, and you don’t cheat on your woman, and you take care of your family, you know, and you admit when you’re wrong, or you try to, anyways. That’s all I can think of. You know, it sound like it’s easy, and for some reason it’s not.

Here’s why I like this movie so much. The writer, Nancy Oliver, explained how she thought of the idea:

“It was a ‘what if?’ thing. Like, ‘What if we didn’t treat our mentally ill people like animals? What if we brought kindness and compassion to the table?'”

If you’ve seen it, tell me what you think. And do you have any movie recommendations for me?

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3 responses to “Lars and the Real Girl

  1. Jeanna

    I didn’t realize this movie was about mental illness.

    We have this DVD in our house from Netflix and have had it here for about a month. I wanted to see it, but then kind of lost interest, but didn’t want to send it back to Netflix without watching it. So, I was stuck.

    Now that I’ve read your review, I think we’ll have to watch this together. Harold will be interested too, since he’s studying mental health. Thanks Kim!!

  2. Sylinda

    love this movie! I thought it was innocent and tender, such a novelty for a movie….as one that deals with cognitive issues in ones I love, I think it is a break through.

  3. Mandy

    You know – I really liked this movie. I wrote a quick little post on it WAY long ago. It made me feel all peaceful and such. 🙂

    http://mandyandmiah.blogspot.com/2008/07/movie-review-lars-and-real-girl.html