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Ruby Sparks [DVD]

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  • Actors: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan
  • Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb. 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008OHD2BU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,005 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A young author creates a character based on his dream girl, and gets the surprise of his life when she turns out to be real. Celebrated novelist Calvin (Paul Dano) used to be the darling of the literary scene; now he's wondering if he'll ever actually write another book. His inspiration at an all-time low, Calvin creates Ruby (screenwriter/co-star Zoe Kazan) and the ideas start flowing. A week later, when Ruby shows up in Calvin's apartment completely smitten, the lonely writer begins to fear he's losing his mind. Elliott Gould, Chris Messina, and Annette Bening also star.

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  • 3 Featurettes--The Story / Real Life Couples / Be Careful What You Wish For

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A romantic comedy about love and control from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks is an appealingly wacky story about novelist Calvin (Paul Dano) and his relationship with a fictitious woman. Struggling with writer's block and grieving over a failed actual relationship, Calvin looks to his brother (Chris Messina) and therapist (Elliott Gould) for guidance, but initially he finds only distraction and frustration. The therapist suggests an assignment that soon has Calvin writing about Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan), a fictitious woman who loves him completely and unconditionally. The only problem is that Calvin is becoming obsessed with his new character, imagining that he's actually spending every waking moment with this ideal woman he's created--surely a sign that he's losing his mind. When Calvin discovers that other people can see Ruby too, he throws himself wholeheartedly into the perfect relationship with the perfect woman. Then he starts to feel guilty about possessing absolute control over Ruby's thoughts and actions and begins to question whether Ruby really loves him or whether he is making her love him. Calvin locks away his manuscript and stops writing, and things begin to change between the couple. Eventually Calvin must decide whether he can be content the way things are or whether he must set his creation free--even if it costs him his own happiness. Ruby Sparks is a romantic comedy full of laughably ridiculous situations, but it's also a thought-provoking film about control and acceptance. --Tami Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Leaving the synopsis aside (please read the amazon.co.uk synopsis above), this is a romantic comedy with a twist (that at some point almost makes it a psychological thriller!). A bitter twist. Within an hour and a half of the film we see the magic love story developing right before our eyes, the bits that cannot be explained are not too big to think about, until, further into the film, the unexplained grows bigger and bigger and turns nasty. A love story, a bit "Pigmalion-ish", a man creates a woman to love. But then, suddenly, the woman born for loving her creator has some other ideas and much prefers a night out on the town flirting with men than spending a night in with her soul-mate. The idea of the film is not that original, but it is so well-made and so well-acted (especially compared to many rom-coms flooding the cinema market nowadays), that I was pleasantly surprised.

"Ruby Sparks" is described as a rom-com (and it had a wonderful movie poster that would not have you guessed what profound issues this film covers), and there are indeed many fine moments that made me laugh (Antonio Banderas shines for a short time he is on screen). But the film also examines a number of serious issues: free will and controlling nature of a human being. I consider "Ruby Sparks" much better than your average romantic comedy (if only a tiny bit boring at times).

The two leads are not your typical Hollywood heartbreakers; another plus - the chemistry between them is great! I guess it helped that Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are real couple off screen. The break-up scene is greatly played out, and another star goes for a very unsettling moment during the break-up - amazing acting and one of the strongest moments of the film.

Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2015
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Ruby Sparks is the well-trod tale of an artist — this time a writer — who creates a woman and then falls in love with her. This we have seen in everything from Ovid's Pygmalion to Weird Science. This film plays with the expected ending, so you don't know what you're going to get, and I'm not going to spoil it for you.

The real star is manic-pixie-dream-girl Ruby Sparks, played by the writer of the film Zoe Kazan (in a mind-twisting Mobius contortion) whose effervescent personality makes a virtue of a conceit, playing as she does a character with a back-story, but no life experience. However, the male protagonist played by Paul Dano is too self-centred and absorbed to make comfortable viewing. There are nice cameos by Annette Bening and Antonia Banderas, though these are very short and don't really take the plot forward.

This is a reasonably enjoyable evening's viewing. It probably isn't going to be a film you come back to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheena Evans on 12 Jan. 2015
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Highly enjoyable. Not knowing what the film was going to be about it seemed to me to be a run of the mill romantic comedy. This film however quickly takes a turn into somewhat unexpected territory! Bordering more on a dark comedy it had just enough edge to keep me interested without getting too heavy. How it ends leaves a slightly amusing/sinister question mark...could he pick the typewriter up again??
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I thought it was very well done, there is a lot of talent to make this film as it is. Zoe and Paul had so much chemistry throughout the film. Them being in a relationship in real life, really made them look stronger whilst this and other emotions were brought to table. Its not your everyday film expect to that idea that its sort of like a modern fairy tale but shown in an adult content.
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By Lou A on 13 Feb. 2015
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What a good movie. It starts off great fun and then gets into some real thought provoking areas. Its not your normal laugh along romcom but isnt a dark movie either, it just inspires some thinking time. If you liked their other movie, the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, this ones worth a watch.
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Watched the whole film, then wonder why? This story could of been darker, funnier and not so predicable with the ending. When will men relies that the female sex are not the blow up doll you can buy in any sex shop, their when you need us and packed away in a box when not in use.
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By Regular Reader on 11 Feb. 2015
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Funny and witty, Ruby has everyone enthralled from her very first line. I really enjoyed the twists and turns of this, and the hyper-realism was consistent throughout. I recommend it as a feel good movie, with intellectual moments to make you appreciate love as a higher art form.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Allen on 20 Mar. 2014
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I saw this at the cinema when it came out and loved it. I really enjoyed watching this when it arrived as well, it's a very unusual film I think, but beautifully acted and the score is sensational by Nick Urata.
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