From Jason Lief
The film Lars and the Real Girl tells the story about a young man—Lars—trying to work through relational and emotional issues. His mother died giving birth to him; his father, crushed by his wife's death, was emotionally distant. Lars is awkward - living in his brother's garage, unable to muster up a verbal response to a woman at work who is clearly interested in him. Until one day, Bianca arrives. Bianca is a life sized sex doll. Lars treats her like a real, flesh and blood, girlfriend. He pushes her around in a wheel chair, talks to her, argues with her, he tells people about her missionary work. (She's on a sabbatical...) His brother and sister-in-law are told that Lars is decompensating... that he's working through significant issues. Her advice? Go with it. Follow Lars lead. And that's what the community does. Bianca is welcomed at church, she's accepted at parties, she even gets elected to the school board. The entire community - at times begrudgingly - accepts Bianca as a part the community. Why? Because they love Lars. "We do it for you!" his sister-in-law shouts when Lars accuses them of not caring. The hard work of bathing, clothing, and transporting a sex doll all over the community - they do it because they love Lars.