If you wonder why I’m just now getting around to seeing “Lars and the Real Girl,” a 2007 movie, remember—in 2007, I was in the middle of earning a PhD. (When I emerged last year, I asked, “John Wayne died? Really?”)
If you want to see what I consider the ideal faith flick, this comes quite close. The movie is in no way billed as a “faith” film. But the community of faith and the question of what Jesus would do and the cost of love all provide the architecture upon which the screenwriter has built the storyline.
“Lars and Real Girl” features Academy-Award nominated Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom, a kind introvert with some serious emotional baggage. After years of hermit-like living, he orders a life-sized doll, Bianca, off the Internet. But he has no kinky intentions. He believes she’s real.
The day Bianca arrives, he introduces her to …