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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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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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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 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 »


Calvin Weir-Fields: It was once said of Catcher in the Rye: That rare miracle of fiction has again come to pass.A human being has been created out of ink, paper and the imagination.
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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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15 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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