My wife and I watched Lars and the Real Girl earlier this week. Loved it. Ryan Gosling is excellent as Lars Lindstrom. He suffers terribly from family history issues of which we're given only bare hints. He plays the unusual role convincingly and with passion. I won't spoil the movie by telling you what he does to cope. While unusual, it's really not that different from what we all do to find hope in the midst of our brokenness.
What I liked most about the movie was its portrayal of the "pastoral care" given Lars by his family, co-workers, and church. (Yes, finally a positive picture of church life!!) It's very uplifting - and, I must say, convicting.
Interestingly, Nancy Oliver, who wrote the story, attended Florida State. Her screenplay was nominated for an Oscar.