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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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Calvin Weir-Fields: She wasn't happy. So I made her happy... and now she's like this all the time.
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Sweet, quirky not just romantic not just comedy
27 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The unique Zoe Kazan wrote and stars in this quirky, fascinating, and original film about a writer with writer's block (Paul Dano, Kazan's real-life main squeeze) who invents the girl of his dreams, writes about her, and watches her become real.

While this film has been billed by reviewers and marketed by publicists as a "romantic comedy," in many ways it's not. It's both more and less. Less predictable, certainly, as the endings of modern romantic comedies are notoriously pat. More ... what? Strange? Edgy? Depressing even (at times)? Maybe all of the above. But ultimately upbeat.

The gifted Paul Dano has created a character - a young woman - who is exactly who he wants, or at least so he thinks. It's not until he meets his ex at a party 2/3 of the way through the movie that the audience really begins to understand what's going on. And it's not just hearts and flowers. But no spoilers here.

That Kazan pulled off both this original idea AND the ability to end it in a way that made sense yet left unanswered questions that should be unanswered is testimony to her screen-writing talents. Her roots here are strong: both of her screen writing parents and her famed grandfather Elia. But Zoe is also extremely appealing as the film's title character, showing a range of acting skills that could make her a star.

And for fun, we get Bening, Banderas, and Gould, all enlivening the proceedings.

Original movies are hard to find, and when you find them, often hard to watch. This film is both original and very watchable.


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