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  (in credits order)

Paul Dano ... Calvin Weir-Fields

Zoe Kazan ... Ruby Sparks

Chris Messina ... Harry

Annette Bening ... Gertrude

Antonio Banderas ... Mort

Aasif Mandvi ... Cyrus Modi

Steve Coogan ... Langdon Tharp

Toni Trucks ... Susie

Deborah Ann Woll ... Lila

Elliott Gould ... Dr. Rosenthal

Alia Shawkat ... Mabel

Jane Anne Thomas ... Saskia

John F. Beach ... Adam
Eleanor Seigler ... Mandi

Emma Jacobs ... Party Goer at Langdon's (as Emma Julia Jacobs)

Wallace Langham ... Warren
Rightor Doyle ... Party Goer 1 - Hammer

Eden Brolin ... Part Goer 2 - Hammer
Michael Silverblatt ... Michael Silverblatt

Mary Jo Deschanel ... Female Professor

Kai Lennox ... Sort of Weird Guy
Ole Olofson ... Older Dude
Jack Levinson ... Party Goer 2 - Book Release

China Shavers ... Party Goer 1 - Book Release
Casey Genton ... Busboy

Michael Berry Jr. ... Silverlake Passerby

Lindsay Fishkin ... Box Office Teller
Claudia Bestor ... Lecture Curator
Oscar ... Scotty the Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Humphrey Bogart ... Linus Larrabee in Sabrina (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brittany King ... Literary Fan (uncredited)

D'Janine King-Lasky ... Literary Fan (uncredited)

Diana Parros ... Book Club Member (uncredited)

Barrett Perlman ... Gym Girl (uncredited)

Mark Roman ... Literary Fan (uncredited)

Tatiana Sarasty ... Book Club Member (uncredited)

Marco Tazioli ... Book Club Groupie (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jonathan Dayton 
Valerie Faris 
Writing credits
Zoe Kazan (written by)

Produced by
Albert Berger .... producer
Paul Dano .... executive producer
Robert Graf .... executive producer
Zoe Kazan .... executive producer
T.K. Knowles .... associate producer
John O'Grady .... associate producer
Chuck Ryant .... associate producer
Ron Yerxa .... producer
Bart Lipton .... line producer: additional photography (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nick Urata 
Cinematography by
Matthew Libatique (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pamela Martin 
Casting by
Justine Baddeley 
Kim Davis-Wagner 
Production Design by
Judy Becker 
Art Direction by
Alexander Wei 
Set Decoration by
Matthew Flood Ferguson 
Costume Design by
Nancy Steiner 
Makeup Department
Kristin Berge .... hair department head
Curran Crockett .... hair stylist
Angel Radefeld .... key makeup artist (as Angel Radfield-Wright)
Michael S. Ward .... key hair stylist
Torsten Witte .... makeup department head
Production Management
Robert Graf .... unit production manager
Bart Lipton .... production supervisor
J.M. Logan .... post-production supervisor
Lindsay Rosaaen .... production supervisor: additional photography (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J.E. Barrows .... second second assistant director
Robert E. Kay .... second assistant director
Thomas Patrick Smith .... first assistant director
Cecilia Sweatman .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Brace .... leadman
Colleen Broderick .... buyer
Susannah Carradine .... art department coordinator
Chad R. Davis .... on-set dresser
Jon De Pabon .... gang boss
Ursula Glaviano .... set dresser
Aaron A. Goffman .... on-set property master
Dwayne Grady .... property master (as Dwayne David Grady)
Anne Hyvarinen .... paint foreman
Charles Kern .... standby painter
Alexander Linde .... art department assistant (as Alex Linde)
Cynthia Martinez .... greens
Joe Mason .... art department production assistant
Geoff McFetridge .... artist: The Girlfriend book cover
Michael O'Donnell .... additional leadman
James Pollack .... set dresser (as James S. Pollack)
Aaron G. Rodriguez .... standby painter (as Aaron Greengrass Rodriguez)
Wilfredo Antonio Sola .... set dresser (as Antonio Sola)
Ann Urich .... assistant props
Wayne White .... artist: Heartbroken Old Times book cover
Alexandra Wiesenfeld .... artist: Ruby's artwork
Peter Zeman .... set dresser
Michael Buha .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jon De Pabon .... painter (uncredited)
Jane Fitts .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
David A. Arnold .... dialogue editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
William Cawley .... assistant sound editor (as Bill Cawley)
Johnna Chism .... assistant sound editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Jamie Gambell .... cable person
Albert Gasser .... foley editor
Aaron Glascock .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Glascock .... supervising sound editor
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Randall L. Johnson .... boom person (as Randy Johnson)
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard London .... adr mixer
Stefano Mascitti .... synchronization
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Jason Oliver .... adr mixer
Sonny Pettijohn .... assistant sound editor
Curt Schulkey .... dialogue editor
Edward Tise .... sound mixer
Byron Wilson .... supervising sound editor
Ryan Young .... adr recordist
Greg Cosh .... boom operator (uncredited)
Mark Purcell .... dubbing recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kirsten Anderson .... visual effects production manager: Brickyard VFX
Jeff Blodgett .... visual effects production manager: Brickyard VFX
Gina Downing .... visual effects artist: Brickyard VFX
Henrique Ghersi .... visual effects artist: Brickyard VFX
Robin Hobart .... visual effects artist: Brickyard VFX
Linda Jackson .... visual effects coordinator: Brickyard VFX
Geoff McAuliffe .... visual effects artist: Brickyard VFX
Evan Paras .... visual effects artist: Brickyard VFX
Patrick Poulatian .... visual effects artist: Brickyard VFX
Chris Sonia .... visual effects artist: Brickyard VFX
Mandy Sorenson .... visual effects artist
Wade Allen .... stunt coordinator
Arturo Dickey .... stunts (as Arturo Joe Dickey)
Barron Gunter .... stunts
Chris Nielsen .... stunts
Allan Padelford .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunt coordinator (as Patrick Romano)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Bevans .... diu
Kyle Bryson .... electrician
William Clouter .... grip
James Coffin .... best boy grip
Tana Dubbe .... key grip
Randy Dye .... best boy electric
Jeffrey Ferraro .... gaffer (as Jeff Ferrero)
Shun Goldin .... grip (as Sgun S. Goldin)
Colin Hudson .... steadicam operator
Corey Jennings .... camera department production assistant
Michael Koepke .... grip
Michael Kowalczyk .... digital imaging technician
Christophe Lanzenberg .... additional photography
Nicholas Larsen .... grip
Stephanie Lyons .... camera department production assistant
Tommy Maddox-Upshaw .... additional camera operator (as Tommy Maddox)
Joey Maloney .... additional digital imaging technician
John Mang .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Steven Mann .... additional first assistant camera (as Steven 'Manny' Mann)
Merrick Morton .... still photographer (as Merrick Rhodes Morton)
Brian Mundell .... electrician
Robert Novellino .... grip (as Bob Novellino)
Joey O'Donnell .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mickey Petersen .... electrician
Nicolas Restrepo .... underwater camera operator (as Nic Restrepo)
Matt Shaver .... video assist (as Matthew Shaver)
David Sirianni .... grip
Curtis Smith .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Prentice Smith .... additional diu (as Patrice S. Smith)
Matt Stenerson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Matthew T. Stenerson)
David Blue Thompson .... electrician (as Blue Thompson)
Jeff Tomhave .... grip (as Jeffrey Tomhave)
Mike Valentine .... camera department production assistant (as Michael Valentine)
Fritz Weber .... grip (as Fritz 'Bootsy' Weber)
Terry Zumalt .... electrician
Chris Basso .... generator operator (uncredited)
Michael Mansouri .... digital imaging technician (uncredited)
Johan Martínez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
John Paul Meyer .... additional first assistant camera: pick-ups (uncredited)
Robert Petrin .... edge arm operator (uncredited)
Patrick Redmond .... edge head technician (uncredited)
Manny Tapia .... gaffer: re-shoots (uncredited)
Animation Department
Roger Hall .... animator: title
Casting Department
Rich King .... extras casting
Freya Krasnow .... casting associate
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting (as Caitlin McKenna)
Jeremy Lambert .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
'Downtown' Jamie Brown .... costume production assistant
Jill Chizever .... set costumer
Cheryl Cravedi .... set costumer (as Cheryl L. Cravedi)
Sara Daubney .... cutter/fitter (as Sara Daubney-Kinney)
Deborah Myles Davis .... costume supervisor
Carmen Frost .... set costumer
Vitalina Gauzylyuk .... seamstress (as Vitalina Gavrylyuk)
Marylou Lim .... key set costumer
Jennifer Starzyk .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Terel Gibson .... first assistant editor
Joshua Kirchmer .... editorial production assistant (as Josh Kirchmer)
Ken Lebre .... dailies producer
Christopher McDonald .... dailies operator
Mitch Paulson .... supervising digital colorist
Amy Pawlowski .... digital intermediate conform editor
Robert E. Phillips .... digital intermediate project manager (as Rob Phillips_)
Staci Pontius .... first assistant editor
Rosalie A. Staley .... digital intermediate assistant producer (uncredited)
Music Department
Timur Bekbosunov .... musician: featured vocalist
Al Clay .... score mixer
Jason La Rocca .... music mixer
Jon Ong .... assistant scoring engineer
Adam Peters .... music consultant
Adam Peters .... musician: solo cello
Adam Peters .... orchestral arrangements
Monica Sonand .... assistant music consultant
Daniel J. Stimac .... assistant scoring engineer (as Dan Stimack)
Alex Walker .... musician: featured vocalist
Dan Wilcox .... music supervisor
Joshua Winget .... music editor (as Josh Winget)
Al Clay .... music score producer/mixer (uncredited)
Robert Puff .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Paul Ripple .... transportation captain
Tom Roberts .... transportation coordinator (as Tommy Roberts)
Timothy P. Ryan Jr. .... transportation captain
Chris Basso .... driver (uncredited)
Jan Dally .... driver (uncredited)
Lin C. Smith .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephen Apostolina .... additional voice (as Steve Apostolina)
Jacob Bartel .... production secretary
Raymond W. Beal .... animal trainer
Elias Benavidez .... production secretary
Gregg Brilliant .... unit publicist
Matt Chase .... assistant craft service
Peter Chase .... craft service
Maureen 'Mo' Crutchfield .... production accountant
Romy Cutler-Lengyel .... additional voice
Robert Cymbal .... key set medic
Kelli Dragon .... assistant: Mr. Dano and Ms. Kazan
John Emmons .... set medic (as John W. Emmons)
Danny Finn .... assistant location manager
Robert Funk .... payroll accountant
Ken Furer .... assistant: Mr. Berger and Mr. Yerxa
Andres Galleguillos .... assistant craft service
Keith Gaudin .... second assistant accountant
Anna Golin .... assistant: Mr. Dayton and Ms. Faris
Patrick Thomas Gorman .... production assistant
Ali Griffith .... assistant production coordinator
Adam Hein .... production assistant
J. Elizabeth Ingram .... production coordinator
Holmes Jim .... assistant chef
Gregory Levine .... set medic
Chris Lipton .... production assistant
Pedro Lopez .... assistant chef
Marylouise Lukasiewicz .... assistant: Mr. Berger and Mr. Yerxa
Lyn Matsuda Norton .... script supervisor
Courtney McCrory .... assistant post production accountant: post production
Mike McLaughlin .... first assistant accountant (as Michael James McLaughlin)
Scott Menville .... additional voice
Chris Miller .... location manager
Daniel Milner .... key assistant location manager
Jonathan Nichols .... additional voice
Kelly Patino .... additional voice
Alex Roth .... assistant: Mr. Dayton and Ms. Faris
Michelle Ruff .... additional voice
Joan Scheckel .... workshop development
Dennis Singletary .... additional voice
David C. Soliz .... assistant chef
Shane Sweet .... additional voice
Natalie Truly .... post production accountant
Lisa Wilhoit .... additional voice
Subhashan Withanage .... assistant chef
Philip Barnes .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Kelly Berthold .... production assistant (uncredited)
Victor Chon .... production assistant (uncredited)
Valesca Cnossen .... script supervisor: reshoots (uncredited)
Chris Cortez .... medic (uncredited)
Chris Cortez .... water safety (uncredited)
Heather Fielding .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Ray Gordon II .... set production assistant: additional (uncredited)
David Greenbaum .... production executive (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Jean Hodges .... food stylist (uncredited)
Danielle Krudy .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Michael D. Nes .... project manager: Deluxe Digital Cinema (uncredited)
Lee Peglow .... production assistant (uncredited)
Leslie Ranne .... intern (uncredited)
Fredrik Bond .... thanks
Irma Fitzgibbons .... the producers wish to thank
Sid Krofft .... the producers wish to thank
Don Molls .... the producers wish to thank
Samuel Vazquez .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated R for language including some sexual references, and for some drug use
USA:104 min
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Zoe Kazan lives with her co-star Paul DanoSee more »
Revealing mistakes: When continuing to write on a page with the typewriter, the main character inserts the page the wrong way.See more »
Calvin Weir-Fields:This is the true and impossible story of my very great love. In the hope that she will not read this and reproach me, I have withheld many telling details: her name, the particulars of her birth and upbringing, and any identifying scars or birth marks...See more »
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At the end what did Ruby actually mean by asking Calvin to "Start Over"??
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33 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Calvin says ... bark like a dog, 5 August 2012
Author: David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. Well it took six years, but co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris finally deliver their follow-up to the smash hit Little Miss Sunshine. With a script from first time screenwriter Zoe Kazan (granddaughter of legendary director Elia Kazan), we get an odd mash-up of would-be Woody Allen, Charlie Kaufman, Stranger Than Fiction, and a Twilight Zone episode.

The story begins almost as a whimsical fantasy. Paul Dano plays Calvin, a blocked writer 10 years after writing the next great American novel, while he was still a teenager. The necessary comparisons to JD Salinger are made, and we witness Calvin as a socially-inept type who was never comfortable with his early success, and now can't find a way to move on with life. Given a writing assignment by his shrink (Elliott Gould), Calvin discovers the true power of the written word.

After a dream of meeting a lovely girl in the park, Calvin's fingers tear through his manual typewriter and develop a story around his literal dream girl. And literal means literal. He runs into her downstairs. His creation has become his creation. Once he realizes they aren't going to lock him away for insanity, Calvin and Ruby begin a real relationship. Well as real as it can be with a girl who is not really real and whose actions can be changed simply by typing words on a page. If you think this sounds like a male fantasy, then you are in agreement with Calvin's brother (Chris Messina).

A trip to visit the brothers' mothers (Annette Bening) and her boyfriend (Antonio Banderas) adds some humorous scenes while also signaling the beginning of trouble for Ruby and Calvin. It turns out that bringing your invented dream girl into the real world doesn't always work so well. Who would have thought? There is much humor in the film including Steve Coogan as Calvin's mentor. Deborah Ann Woll has a scene as Calvin's ex-girlfriend and it is probably the best written scene in the film. Really good insight into how two people's view of the same relationship can vary greatly.

The story can be looked at from different perspectives. It certainly serves as insight into how a writer's mind can work. Many writers need a muse ... but few get to create their own! More importantly, it makes a statement on how we (well, not me) often try to control and manipulate the other person in our relationships. This is a sterling reminder to be careful what you ask for ... you just might get it.

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