i'm not a huge movie buff. i don't know directors and barely actors and don't really keep up on what movies are coming out and all that. jon and i watched this the other night and i thoroughly enjoyed it. it was funny and touching and ryan gosling did such a good job. i really enjoyed the costumes too- those sweaters that lars wore were awesome! along with his western style puffer that i'm pretty sure my dad had in the 70s or 80s.