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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cyrus Modi
Langdon Tharp
Dr. Rosenthal
Eleanor Seigler ...
Party Goer at Langdon's (as Emma Julia Jacobs)


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 September 2012 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

He Loves Me  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,535,819 (USA) (19 October 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Zoe Kazan, who plays Ruby, also wrote the screenplay for this film. Kazan'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 »


When Calvin is telling his psychiatrist the story he started to write, you can see his shirt sleeves folded in different ways, depending on where the camera is. See more »


Harry: I love Susie, but she's a weirdo. Sometimes, she's mean as fuck for no reason.
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Jay Kaplan who brought love and magic to everyone he met. See more »


References What Women Want (2000) See more »


Quand Tu Es Lá
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Ruby Sparks writes its own take on the love story
2 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a world full of remakes and sequels, it is becoming more and more rare to get something truly original. When something does finally come along it is always hit and miss. Backed by a strong cast including Paul Dano, Steve Coogan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, and Elliott Gould, Ruby Sparks attempts to be that latest independent film to bring audiences something new and creative. Can a film with an idea that seems to be based on both fantasy and reality come together to deliver that refreshing film or be just another lost opportunity? Ruby Sparks follows a writer dealing with writer's block as well as a desperate attempt to find love. When the female character he is writing becomes real, his life spirals into various directions trying to determine where his writing will take them. While the story basis for this film comes off a bit unrealistic, the way it is handled makes you buy into the story. For the first half of the film it is pretty funny and creative delivering one of the more entertaining original films in sometime. As it moves forward and towards the inevitable darker tone it seems to slow down a bit making some moments drag a little. Everyone gives a great performance, but Paul Dano really steps up delivering a quirky uncomfortable innocence to the lead that makes it all work. Some of the characters decisions could have been looked at as a bit creepy, but thanks to the way he handled it comes off as a bit more enduring. This is easily one of the more unique romantic comedies to come along in a while stepping away from the normal format and instead taking a left hand turn creating something new.

This is a funny touching film that does get a bit heavy at times and while not a long movie does feel a bit too long at times due to pacing. As a whole, it still manages to work on most levels and accomplishes what it seems to set out to do. If you are ready and willing to take a break from the big budget spectacles of Hollywood, then give this character study a chance you will be pleasantly surprised.

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