Yep. It’s that movie you heard about with the guy and the sex doll. I have known about it for a while and I think a lot of people have. People that usually don’t talk to me about upcoming films would even bring it up to me. “Hey, you hear about that movie coming out with the guy from The Notebook and the sex doll?” That’s pretty much all I knew about this movie. That, and I saw the posters. Going in, I had very little idea of what was about to flicker in front of me. I assumed it would be somewhat funny, maybe even quite bad in its attempt to be funny (which happens TOO often with a premise like this). I don’t often go spending $10 and two hours of my life on something I didn’t already do research on… or even check out the trailer. When the credits hit, two words instantly came to my head: Surprisingly endearing.

This is the part where I would describe the movie and give you enough info so that you can decide whether or not it is worth your time and money. I’m not going to do that. Sorry. Hold on. Let me see the trailer over at Apple and see if I should link you to that. Nope. Please don’t even watch the trailer. If you already have seen the trailer in front of another movie, I can’t do anything about that. All I can say is that it didn’t do it justice and I’m glad I didn’t see it before. It ruins some funny scenes that happen during the film.

I’m not saying this is the most amazing film I’ve seen all year. It’s not. It’s a very simple coming of age story. With a different cast and different filmmaker, it would be quite different. Ryan Gosling does an excellent job, in my opinion, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if he got some kind of recognition come award time.

I suppose I’m asking you to trust me with this vague review. The only other movie I have done this with is Once, which came out earlier this year. If you have some time, go check out Lars. Go in only having read these words I’ve written for you. It really is a nice time at the movies. None of the slapstick humor you would expect in a film like this exists at all. The sexual references barely exist. Imagine it as a combination of Punch Drunk Love, Harvey, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you liked any of those films, you might find this film surprisingly endearing.