Lars and the Real Girl is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Nancy Oliver as her screenplay debut. It stars Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner and Patricia Clarkson. The story follows Lars (Gosling) a socially inept man, who starts a romantic yet platonic relationship with a lifelike doll which he ordered from an adult website. The trailer makes it out to look more like a comedy when it’s more of a sweet drama. The comedy is innocent, like Lars and the people who play along because of their love for him. We get to see a unique performance by Ryan Gosling; one where he isn’t the attractive and take-the-lead kind of guy. The film is a wonderful one with a great message and examples of caring friendships that won’t waste your time.
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 comedy drama film directed and written by Lorene Scafaria as her directorial debut. It tells the story of Dodge, a recently divorced man, looking for a meaningful way to spend his last 21 days on Earth before an asteroid wipes out all of humanity. It stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Somewhere in the related videos section of films like The Way Way Back (2013) and Dan In Real Life (2007), I found this little independant one. While very funny at times, Steve Carell can also play the drama roles. The ones where he becomes the victim of some type of loss in his life yet in the end finds a way to be happy. To see the light out of all that darkness. This movie surprised me a lot of how good it became in the second half.
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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? is a 1993 drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and written by Peter Hedges. The film is an adaptation from Peter Hedges’ book of the same title. Its lead actors are Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Juliette Lewis. It’s the story about Gilbert, man of the house, who cares for his younger brother Arnie who has a development disability and for his morbidly obese mother with the help of his two sisters. They live in Endora, Iowa, a place where nothing really happens or ever will. It is the life of Gilbert and his dealings with family, work, and love.
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