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Ruby Sparks (2012)

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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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Party Goer at Langdon's (as Emma Julia Jacobs)
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Storyline

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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She's out of his mind.


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

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6 September 2012 (Portugal)  »

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He Loves Me  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$140,822, 29 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,540,106

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,128,263
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1.85 : 1
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The book that has been torn apart by the dog, Scotty, is a copy of the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. Both the writer and the novel are referenced several times in the movie. See more »

Goofs

As Calvin writes the last page of the book, he writes "She was no longer Calvin's creation." in a new line. The next time we see the page in the typewriter, the line starts with "no longer...". See more »

Quotes

Harry: I love Susie, but she's a weirdo. Sometimes, she's mean as fuck for no reason.
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This film is dedicated to Jay Kaplan who brought love and magic to everyone he met. See more »

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References The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) See more »

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Can We Start Over
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Written and performed by Nick Urata
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15 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

Paul Dano plays Calvin, a dead sad and dead serious young writer, who has apparently used the royalties from his one hugely popular novel to finance an ultramodern iPod-themed house, and yet still chooses to use a typewriter. In the depths of his writer's block he fashions a few choice sentences about a woman - Ruby Sparks - who is his dream girl. His literature makes her literal, and Calvin is able to control her moods and actions by typing. It's reminiscent of Stranger Than Fiction with Will Ferrell, although Dano plays his part more like Jim Carrey might have done a decade ago: broad and physical, but with subtlety and pathos behind the mugging.

In a welcome tonal shift, Ruby Sparks moves gradually from hip romantic comedy to meta-horror - although it feels like there's a bit too much of the former, as I got the feeling that the zany pixie girl and self- hating writer stereotypes were being indulged more than they were being deconstructed. So what could have been a really interesting Woody Allen-esque philosophical rabbit-hole ends up cutting a far more familiar, shallower groove. But still, it's satisfying to see a cautionary flourish to go with the wish fulfilment.

Ruby herself is played by Zoë Kazan, granddaughter of the great Elia (On the Waterfront et al), with great energy and some charm. Kazan also wrote the film. So we have a film about art imitating life, written by the actor playing the title character, starring her real-life partner (Dano), and directed by the real-life partnership of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (best known for Little Miss Sunshine). So it's a helluva conundrum; but it's also well-made, sometimes funny and thought- provoking, and includes amusing cameos from Elliot Gould, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan and Antonio Banderas - so definitely worth a watch.


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