'Real Girl' screens at Academy

The filmmakers at Tuesday’s Academy preem for “Lars and the Real Girl,” the story of a man who falls in love with an attractive inflatable doll, took pride in making half the audience laugh and the other half cry.

“It’s Frank Capra with a bit of Charlie Kaufman sensibility,” said Sidney Kimmel Entertainment production prexy Bill Horberg. Star Ryan Gosling said the pic’s situation is funny but serious, “and the more we played it for keeps, the funnier it got.”

“It’s not a movie about a guy with a sex doll,” said director Craig Gillespie. “It’s about a guy trying to connect.”

And Gillespie’s own connection with the doll continues: One SKE exec mentioned “Bianca” cost $6,500 and Gillespie still has it.

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