I've been wanting to see LARS AND THE REAL GIRL for awhile. April and I finally watched it tonight. I really loved this movie. It's a surprisingly sweet script -- one of those rare stories without any cruel or vicious characters, and yet there's still an intriguing conflict and plot. Good people struggling to do the right thing. Screenwriter Nancy Oliver, you rock.

One scene in particular (without spoiling anything) which I thought was very well constructed, Gus talks with Karin about the regrets he has for abandoning his brother to their father. He then gets up and goes over to Karin for comfort. It was a honest moment that did not rely on the tired stereotypes of how a man would react, i.e. men treated as being emotionally constipated -- nor was the scene overdone with some dramatic meltdown. Nice, subtle, and perfect. It broke my heart.