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Ruby Sparks

A movie directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

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'Two Jews On Film agree...'Ruby Sparks' is a funny, quirky, original fantasy about love

  • Jul 24, 2012
By Joan Alperin Schwartz

Ruby Sparks' directed by the 'Little Miss Sunshine' team of Jonthan Dayton and Valerie Faris was written by Zoe Kazan (Eli's granddaughter) who also stars in it with her real life boyfriend, Paul Dano.

This is the story of a novelist, Calvin (Paul Dano) who had a mega bestsellar when he was 19, but for the last several years, he's had major writer's block.

Poor boy's is worried that he may be a 'one hit wonder'. He's also concerned that his only friend is his dog, Scotty. But Calvin's not completely alone...He does have his brother Harry (Chris Messina) and his therapist (Elliot Gould) listen to his problems.

Of course, Calvin's solitary life may have to with the fact that he's a control freak and Woody Allen neurotic.

But things are about to change for our guy, in ways that neither he or us could ever, imagine.

One night, Calvin dreams about an adorable red headed girl named Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) He wakes up, heads straight to his typewriter, (no computer for him) and writes about this dream girl.

And to his shock, the girl becomes...real...So real in fact, that one morning, Calvin finds her eating breakfast at his kitchen table.

To say anymore would spoil the fun and 'Ruby Sparks' is really...fun. It's also an original, super-entertaining, off-beat, touching, fantasy love story about...losing control, letting go and taking a chance.

The film has lovely performances by the two leads, as well as a great supporting cast, including Annette Benning as Calvin's new age mom and Antonio Banderas, as her artistic husband. 

'Ruby Sparks' which opens in theatres Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 is one of the few films that John and I actually agree on. We both gave it 4 bagels out of 5.

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August 28, 2012
I missed this--but I guess I can get this as a rental one day
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review by . July 26, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Ruby Sparks begins as a great feat of imagination, transitions into a charming and witty romantic comedy, and ends as an intelligent commentary on the creative process, insecurity, controlling behavior, idealism, and the fragility of the male ego. It’s all rather ingeniously combined into one of the most likeable films I’ve seen all year – a fantasy, a character study, and a cautionary tale all rolled into one. It must have been …
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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