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R| 1 hr. 44 min.

Plot Summary
Young author Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano), once a literary darling, is having trouble composing his next novel. Following a therapist's advice, Calvin pulls out an old manual typewriter and creates a vivacious, flame-haired woman he dubs Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan). Overnight, Ruby leaps from the page into Calvin's home as a real flesh-and-blood woman. And, what's more, she's unaware that she's actually a fictional character and that her actions and feelings are dictated by whatever Calvin writes.

Cast: Paul Dano , Zoe Kazan , Antonio Banderas , Annette Bening , Steve Coogan , Elliott Gould , Chris Messina , Alia Shawkat

Directors: Jonathan Dayton , Valerie Faris

Genres: Romance, Fantasy

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Ruby Sparks (2012)

Release Date: July 25th, 2012|1 hr. 44 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 7 )
  • The result is something you won't see coming. Don't look for sweet and embraceable. This movie is not afraid to show its claws. Like the spirited teamwork of Kazan and Dano, Ruby Sparks is honest, deep and true. show more

  • A movie about the power of the imagination really becomes a movie about a certain element of surrender - about the release of power - that is practically a requirement for loving somebody. show more

  • The fictional premise is used cleverly to illuminate the creative process and explore romantic minefields, and the appealing Ruby Sparks has a low-key, polished charm. show more

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  • January 22, 2013 lukebarnhart77
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    Beautiful, romantic, funny at times, but above all a very interesting and intelligent concept. Well acted, excellently conceived, and a very good film.

  • December 09, 2012 nr00000000132318
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    Nice love story.

  • September 14, 2012 ng00000000125422
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    This movie blew my mind. As I was watching I realized I was totally falling in love with this film. Smart, funny, challenging, even emotionally entertaining. All the while not realizing the subtle enormity of the structure perfectly laid behind scenes. When I realized this had been written by a woman, the same one listed as lead actress and executive producer, Zoe Kazan, the pieces of the puzzle slammed together like a tornado. This is what us men do to women, and how they experience it. The madness. The impossibility. The magic of it all. The devastation of not being able to hold it together. But, above all, how men make it unreal for women to simply be the already magical creatures we are drawn to to begin with. From dreaming the girl. Making her into the dream. Acknowledging the dream and wishing it to be different. To rejecting the new dream once it\'s changed just for our benefit... Word to the wise. Come to terms with yourself and let the girl be. It\'s easier getting to the happy ending that way... And if all else fails, go watch Ruby Sparks. It won\'t disappoint you, it might even leave a dent somewhere there, and above all, it\'s definitely cheaper than the dinner you were about to buy for that girl you don\'t like that much any way. Oh! Before I forget. To all those men out there reading this, saying, \"Hey! women do the same to us!\" My response to that is: \"Why don\'t you go out there and make a movie like Zoe did and then we\'ll give you credit for your witty repartee. Ok?\"

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