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Ruby Sparks (2012)

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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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Zoe Kazan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jane Anne Thomas ... Saskia
John F. Beach ... Adam
Eleanor Seigler Eleanor Seigler ... Mandi
Emma Julia Jacobs ... Party Goer at Langdon's
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 September 2012 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

He Loves Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$140,822, 29 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,540,106

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,128,263
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The book that has been torn apart by the dog, Scotty, is a copy of the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. Both the writer and the novel are referenced several times in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When continuing to write on a page with the typewriter, the main character inserts the page the wrong way. See more »

Quotes

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. All the same, I cannot help but write this for her, to tell her "I'm sorry for every word I wrote to change you, I'm sorry for so many things. I couldn't see you when you were here and, now that you're gone, I see you everywhere." One may read ...
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Jay Kaplan who brought love and magic to everyone he met. See more »

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Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

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Written by David Wilde
Performed by David Wilde
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Charming and thought provoking
16 December 2015 | by Razvan RogozSee all my reviews

This is a movie that you can either love or hate, based on how you see it.

On one side, it is a fantasy movie with "Groundhog day" accents (no, the day doesn't repeat again and again).

On the other side, it is a beautiful metaphor which if you recognize, it is impossible not to give it a 10. Not because it is perfect. It has charm but it is a bit slow paced at times and the execution is not amazing.

But rather because ... it feels so familiar. It is one of those movies describing what we've done, what we've felt, like it is our story. It is a different setting, different people, different circumstances but it is our personal story, at least for a large majority of people.

This is why I like it and this is why I've decided to write this review. It made me think. It made me feel. It made me remember some parts of my life.

It made me go over the plot holes and the "how the hell this can happen" type of scenes but rather, just think ...

"Would I do the same?" and most importantly ...

"Have I've done the same?".

That's why you should watch this movie.

The plot is not that important. The underlying message of this movie is. While I don't like romantic comedies so much, I can place it next to two other movies "If I stay" and "Tres Metro El Cielo". And while these two movies may seem as a "How to boost your estrogen level in 90 minutes" types of art, they also carry a very profound lesson.


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