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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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6 September 2012 (Portugal)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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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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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 »

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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 »

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Calvin Weir-Fields: I had a weird dream last night. There was this girl...
Harry: What'd she look like?
Calvin Weir-Fields: ...Like a normal girl, someone I made up.
Harry: Did you have sex?
Calvin Weir-Fields: No, she just talked to me.
Harry: That's fucking depressing.
Calvin Weir-Fields: It was actually really nice.
Harry: Seriously? You don't even get laid in your dreams? That's just sad.
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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 Harvey (1950) See more »

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Ruby Sparks...3.5 out of 4 Skittles
6 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What do you do if you're a struggling actress searching for the right part that will help separate you from the hungry pack of millions of other starving wannabes? Well…you write one for yourself of course. Zoe Kazan, who has made a living with smaller supporting roles in a variety of films, (Revolutionary Road, Happythankyoumoreplease, It's Complicated) writes and stars as the title character in Ruby Sparks, a role that is bound to officially put her on the map. She doesn't allow you to take your eyes off her, and has loads of fun playing with the mass amount of emotions that come from being the figment of a possible crazy person's imagination.

Ruby Sparks is creative, original, highly entertaining and one of the best films of the year. Directors, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, team up for the first time since 2006's breakout film, Little Miss Sunshine, and provide the same zeal and love that made it a huge success.

The rest of the cast is nothing short of phenomenal. Paul Dano (Cowboys & Aliens, There Will Be Blood) continues to build on his reputation as one of the strongest actors of his generation. Great actors make great choices with their role selection, and Paul once again shows he has fantastic taste. Chris Messina, who seems to appear everywhere (Film…Julie & Julia, Greenberg, Away We Go, Devil, Like Crazy, TV…The Newsroom, Damages) is strong as the side man once again, and is more than ready to be major star. Acting legends Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas and Elliot Gould jump in for short periods of time making huge waves and leaving long lasting impressions.

Unlike most romantic type movies, Ruby Sparks doesn't feel like a retread Kate Hudson…Sandra Bullock…Katherine Heigl cheese fest, and is filled with a fun, creative energy that is too often missed in rom-com's. Ruby Sparks is superb on all fronts, and as a movie of the year candidate shouldn't be missed.

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