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Ruby Sparks (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  6 September 2012 (Portugal)
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A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.

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Calvin is a genius novelist who begins to type a new novel on his manual typewriter about Ruby, his dream girl. He can't believe his eyes, because the next day, Ruby becomes a real person, and they begin to have a beautiful relationship together. If the relationship isn't perfect, all Calvin has to do is simply type the words on the page and Ruby's actions change to what he needs. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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Rated R for language including some sexual references, and for some drug use | See all certifications »

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$140,822 (USA) (27 July 2012)

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$2,535,819 (USA) (19 October 2012)
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Zoe Kazan, who plays Ruby, also wrote the screenplay for "Ruby Sparks". Zoe's grandfather is Elia Kazan, who directed "On the Waterfront (1954)". Her mother, Robin Swicord, wrote the screenplay for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)". Her father, Nicholas Kazan wrote the screenplay for "Reversal of Fortune (1990)". See more »

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When Calvin is talking to his brother, there are two other people at the right side training on the stepper. After the camera swaps, the two people from the stepper are now at the treadmill. See more »

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Ruby Sparks: Were you disappointed when you got to know me?
Calvin Weir-Fields: How can you ask that?
Ruby Sparks: I'm such a mess.
Calvin Weir-Fields: I love your mess.
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Touching Romantic Fantasy of Writer's Creation Come to Life
12 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked the movie a lot. I felt very moved and intrigued both by the premise and the complications to move the story along.

Big but: The lead character, Calvin, is not believable as a "genius novelist" nor even as a pretty good one. Why? He has no idea how to make Ruby, whom he completely controls, subtle and complex the way any good novelist would his characters.

He paints her happy and sad, joyful and childishly clinging with such broad brush strokes he is an incompetent "inventor" of a character/person, let alone his dream girl. If you or I created an automaton, WE might swing back and forth to the extremes while trying to adjust his/her behavior. Calvin should be an expert not a tyro at subtle shades of behavior. Granted, if he got her just right, we would have no crisis to force the story to a resolution.

And the resolution is Hollywood sugar. In Europe or Israel, the hero would be left with the sad results of his failure. (He stares out to sea on a deserted beach to ponder what happened and his bleak future?) Here, the filmmakers insist we leave the theater feeling good about Calvin and Ruby.


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