The caption on the cover of this movie sums it up best: “A whimsical, funny, moving film”. That’s exactly what it is. My wife, bless her heart, is always bringing home movies, books, and music that would slip by me. That’s one of the greatest things about being married to a teacher. She’s exposed to all those kids each year and knows what they’re reading, what they’re watching, and what they’re listening to. I’m not certain that all the kids are watching this movie, but she heard about it nonetheless. It’s a funny thing about this movie too, if you weren’t paying attention to it, you probably never would have noticed it. It was touching enough that I’m compelled to throw in my two cents on it.
Whenever you’re about to watch a movie you know nothing about, you embark on a risk of wasting a couple precious hours of your life. When you’re a busy parent, that’s a big risk to take. When that risk pays off, it feels just a little bit better than normal. It’s like when you’re kid and you reach into that bowl full of lollipops with your eyes closed with the mindset that you’re going to take whatever you get no matter what; and lo and behold you pull out a good one. If you like the same kind of candy I do, you’re going to like Lars and the Real Girl.