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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.

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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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The eccentric house that Calvin's mother lives in is supposed to be in Big Sur, but it's actually a house in the Hollywood Hills that once belonged to Sid Krofft, of "Sid & Marty Krofft" fame. Much of the dialogue in that scene describing material details about the house was written on the spot based on the actual owner's tour of the place on the day of the shoot. 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 »


Calvin Weir-Fields: She's a person.
Harry: You haven't written a person, okay? You've written a girl.
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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 Harvey (1950) See more »


Jerry Weintraub
Written by Klaus Waldeck
Performed by Waldeck
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Good, but not as great as i was hoping.
30 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a charming little film from a very exciting new talent, Zoe Kazan, who i think is going to excel with her next foray into screen writing. While watching this movie it's rather obvious that it's written by a first time writer, that's not to say that it's not well written because it is, it's just a little underwritten, some characters are underdeveloped and at times it lags without any type of direction. It may sound like i didn't like this movie but i did, it's quirky and very indie which is the kind of stuff i like, it has two leads who are excellent in their roles (it does help that the audience knows they are in love in real life), and it has a wonderful supporting cast, in particular the always excellent Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas who impressed me in a role i'd never picture him in otherwise.

One particular part of the film i like was the realistic portrayal of a modern day relationship, it's not all romance and love every day, there are dark parts to a relationship and it's portrayed here very well, the relationship ups and downs are some of the best i've seen in a film in a very long time. The production and all that jazz is done very well, it's impressive how low budget indie films are made so well and stylish these days, i guess it's a good indication of a director knowing how to make a movie well.

Little Miss Sunshine it ain't, but it is a bit of fun for a Sunday afternoon, it's nice to see a new girl on the block taking on the quirky side of cinema, MOVE OVER ZOOEY DESCHANEL, THERE'S A NEW ZOE ABOUT TO TAKE YOUR CROWN. ;)

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