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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 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 ... 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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Trivia

In a couple of scenes, a book by Jonathan Franzen can be clearly spotted. See more »

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The zombie movie Calvin and Ruby watch (Braindead aka Dead Alive) is shown out of sequence, first with scenes from the climax, and then some from the beginning. 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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Calvin says ... bark like a dog
5 August 2012 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

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. www.moviereviewsfromthedark.wordpress.com


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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

Gross USA:

$2,540,106

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,368,803
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1.85 : 1
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