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Ruby Sparks 2012

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4.2 out of 5 stars (55) IMDb 7.2/10
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Zoe Kazan writes and stars in this fantasy romcom about a young writer who discovers that he has inadvertently created the girl of his dreams. Paul Dano plays Calvin, a young writing prodigy who has become blocked in both his work and in his love life. One night he dreams up a new character, Ruby (Kazan) - only to awake and find her come to life as a real flesh and blood person, living in his house. Because she is the product of his own fantasy, Ruby proves to be Calvin's dream girl in every respect, and moreover he has the power to write in whatever new characteristics he wishes to give her. But as their relationship develops, Calvin realises he must now figure out just how much creative control he really wants to have over Ruby as falling in love proves, after all, to be a voyage of discovery and chance.

Starring:
Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Elliott Gould, Chris Messina, Steve Coogan
Director Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Genres Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 12 April 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Elliott Gould, Chris Messina, Steve Coogan
Director Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Genres Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 12 April 2013
Main languages English

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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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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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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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Many men think they want a woman they can control completely, but where is the fun in that? I always find that a healthy dose of panic and a sense of the unknown make for a good relationship. Perhaps Calvin could have heeded these words in ‘Ruby Sparks’, a science fiction-lite about what would happen if a hipster author conjured up a woman from his imagination.

‘Ruby Sparks’ is a sweet film, but calling something sweet is a little like damning with faint praise. The film has a whimsical edge to it that makes it perfectly watchable, but it lacks the bite needed for it to stick in the memory. The slightly too cool for school attitude prevails throughout; laid back performances by Paul Dano and ZoŽ Kazan are at the centre of the movie and really ingrain a slight lethargy to proceedings. This is a shame as the idea is a great one; ‘Stranger than Fiction’ did something similar, but was able to have more likable leads.

That is not to say that either Calvin or Ruby is unlikable, just a little bland. The film is unable to break out in any direction; is it a comedy, drama, horror? It sits in-between all these and eventually becomes just ‘is’. ‘Robot and Frank’ had the same indie sentimentalities to science fiction, but that film had the pathos and emotion this one lacks. If Calvin had learned a little more, or been hit emotionally a little harder, the film could have broken out into something really special. As it is, the film is still watchable and interesting.
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Very enjoyable Romantic comedy, which seems to take the piss out of the male dominated tales of love that Hollywood produces. It was written/ directed by the lady who plays the titular Ruby. Ruby is a fictional creation of a young novelist struggling with writer’s block. Ruby, to the writer’s surprise, comes to life…and author Calvin has a choice to make. Does he write about the creation, to control her every move and thought, so she is more matched to him; or does he let her have her own free will. The guy who plays Calvin is the real life boyfriend of the writer/ actor/ director – Zoe Kazan.
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