Ruby Sparks 2012

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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:
Elliott Gould, Zoe Kazan
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DVD, Blu-ray

Ruby Sparks

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Elliott Gould, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Chris Messina, Steve Coogan, Paul Dano
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 Elliott Gould, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Chris Messina, Steve Coogan, Paul Dano
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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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 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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By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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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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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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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By Mariana C. on 8 Feb. 2015
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Not your usual love story film, in some ways you can't even imagine how the story is going to unfold and that is the beauty of it. I really enjoyed watching it and that was actually thanks to the reviews. Would definitely recommend it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Blu-ray fan on 25 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Saw this at the cinema and absolutely loved it. I bought the US bluray as it's not available on blu in the UK- yet. Picture quality is good, not razor sharp but very filmic- looks very similar to how I recall seeing it at the cinema with Sony 4K projection...which is a good. Loved Paul Dano in this such a wonderful ending. A hidden gem from 2012 and a disc which will be getting plenty of repeat viewings for years to come.
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