Given that the director, Craig Gilespie's last film was the dreadful MR. WOODCOCK, I did not expect LARS & THE REAL GIRL to be such sweet and totally inoffensive film. Don't go in expecting lots of scenes with Ryan Gosling having sex with an inflatable doll. The relationship between Lars & Bianca is not physical, but emotional. Lars has a lot of deep (one sided) conversations with Bianca in which he lays bare all of the problems he has fitting into society- and I have to give a lot of credit to star Ryan Gosling. The fact that Lars remains such a likable character throughout the film says a lot about Gosling's acting ability. In most other actors' hands- Lars would be pathetic and creepy, but Gosling imbues the character with a surprising amount of dignity.
The supporting cast is also rock solid. Paul Schneider- who was brilliant in David Gordon Green's ALL THE REAL GIRLS, is very good as Gosling's older brother, Gus. In a lot of films, this character would have been portrayed as a bully, but in this film Gus is a totally likable guy. Of all the characters, he has the hardest time accepting Bianca. British actress Emily Mortimer (as Gus's supportive wife) and Patrica Clarkson (as the town doctor) round out the cast- and both do good work as always.
A Real Leading Lady (5:40)- Jokey segment where the actors and filmmakers sit around and talk about Bianca as if she's a real actress. Cute- but goes on too long.
There's also a brief 42 second deleted scene where Lars sits in a bathtub with Bianca. Nothing earth shattering here.
That's pretty much it, bedside of handful of trailers for Lars and a few other MGM releases, Overall a surprisingly weak slate of extras. It would have been nice to at least have had a director's commentary.