Lars & the Real Girl: Spoiler Alert!

I’m on a movie kick lately–a cheap movie kick. I bought Leonard Maltin’s 2009 Movie Guide (which I believe Hope bought and annotated every year, bless her) and it includes a list of 50 Movies You May Have Missed (overlooked movies, in other words). I don’t know if I’ve shared this factoid with you, but there is nothing that gives me more satisfaction than putting check marks to the items on a list. Back in the O’dark Ages, Hope and I worked our way through Alfred Hitchcock’s movies on the strength of this motivation. Today, I’m getting Leonard’s picks through the library and making my slow way through.

Tonight it was “Lars and the Real Girl.” I found myself crying at the funeral scene for the doll. If that’s not the height of sappiness, I don’t know what is. But it struck me as belonging to a category of movies where a town is featured, not as a setting really, but as a character. “Our Town” would be the seminal example of this category probably. Can you name any other movies that would appear on such a list? Because I’m liking my list these days.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret
    May 15, 2009 @ 20:50:00

    That movie sounded interesting to me when it came out, but my husband wouldn't be caught dead watching it. I can't think of a single title. I watch lots of French movies. Do you like subtitles?

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