My daughter thought this was a ridiculous movie, until we sat down and watched it together.


One of my clients recommended this movie.  Imagine learning to stay away from love because it hurts – for whatever reason, be it abuse, abandonment, divorce, or early death of a parent.  For many people the pain of losing a loved one is too much.  They pull back; afraid to love again.


The plot?  Lars takes the risk to love even though the object of his affection is a life-sized doll.  We learn that Lars’ sister-in-law is about to give birth. Lars’ psychiatrist says Lars invented his “real” girlfriend for a purpose. His supreme risk is to learn to love again after the premature death of his mother. 


I thought this movie offered many examples of love. From the town that chose to honor Lars, to the church members who asked what Jesus would do, to the psychiatrist who understood the pain of loss, and creatively walked with Lars as he took the risk again.


You might think this sounds like a corny movie, but it is a tender display of people joining to help a wounded soul return to the land of the living.


Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.

She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."