I had a few hours to kill as I waited for a friend I was meeting, so I went to see this as it was the only thing on.
I expected a kind of gross-out Farrelly brothers film as all I knew was it was about a man's relationship with a sex doll, but it is actually a very sweet film. Bits of it are totally ridiculous but on the whole it was a quite a nice, charming 2 hours of my life.
Ryan Gosling was like David Arquette in Scream (ie. very cute despite the moustache), and Paul Schneider is [glow=red,2,300]lovely[/glow].
I finally saw it last week and loved it. It's a film about lovely warm people trying to help someone with problems and it's a masterpiece in understatement.
When Bianca arrives (I prefer the American pronounciation of her name to the East London one) there is a certain amount of uncomfortable laughter, like when Dagmar takes her blood pressure, but the more time you spend with Lars the more you accept her as a person. Everyone in the town is fantastic, and I'd be quite happy to live there, despite the lack of sunshine.
It's a tribute to Ryan Gosling that you believe everything you're seeing, and the scenes with Patricia Clarkson are just fantastic, and I doubt you'll see better acting this year. In particular, the part where he has a panic attack talking about his fears for Karin was just stunning.