“Guys and Dolls (aka Love Me Love My Doll)” dir. Nick Holt (2007 BBC documentary)


One of the most fascinating, bizarre, creepy, and sad documentaries I’ve seen recently is director Nick Holt’s 2007 BBC documentary called “Guys and Dolls” (or as it is also known, “Love Me Love My Doll”).   The documentary is about the growing popularity of “Real Dolls,” which are realistic sex dolls made of silicone, PVC, and steel.  Their individual cost is in the thousands, but for some men, the cost is miniscule compared to the physical and emotional companionship  these dolls provide.

Despite the sensationalistic subject matter, director Holt handles this material soberly.  While “Guys and Dolls” looks at the manufacturers and repairers of such dolls, the film mainly focuses on four Real Doll owners.  Despite the fact that their individual psychological quirks could fill volumes, the film doesn’t make fun of the doll owners.   Two of the four men come off as otherwise decent people, albeit with a lot of social problems which has led them to find companionship in an artificial being instead of a human one.  However, the other two individuals do come off as genuinely creepy and it’s not a shock to realize why no woman (decent or otherwise) would go near them.  There’s one scene towards the end where one of the gentleman introduces his dolls to a woman he’s dating and watching this scene unfold is undoubtedly more hair-raising and uncomfortable to watch than any horror film.

The full documentary is available at the link above.