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Rated R · 104 minutes · 2012

Fantasy, Romance
Suffering from writer’s block, Calvin invents a short story about a woman who likes her dog. And that sparks the idea of Ruby, Calvin’s dream girl—except she doesn’t just stay in his dreams. In Ruby Sparks, the artist’s creation comes to life as his girlfriend, which may not be as perfect as it sounds. Ruby is played by Zoe Kazan of the A Streetcar Named Desire Kazans, and she also wrote the script. It seems like a writer’s first film, too—full of ambition, but without the precision of someone who’s done it for a while. Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) portrays Calvin, the long-suffering writer, and he’s a fine choice here, as he usually is. But it’s strange that this is the project that dragged Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris off the beach. It doesn’t have much to say—or much polish in saying it.


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Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/rubysparks
Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Producer: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Robert Graf, Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano
Cast: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould, Chris Messina, Alia Shawkat and Deborah Woll

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Creative Loafing Charlotte Ruby Sparks: The write stuff Rating: *** by Matt Brunson 08/10/2012
Memphis Flyer Dream Lover Ruby Sparks plays around with rom-com convention. by Chris Herrington 08/16/2012
Portland Mercury All Quirk, No Teeth Ruby Sparks takes aim at the manic pixie. by Alison Hallett 08/02/2012
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The Coast Halifax Ruby Sparks Metafictional romance = genre of 2012 by Jacob Boon 08/09/2012
Indy Week A writer with power in Ruby Sparks The amusing but ultimately tepid comedy Ruby Sparks has a provocative and potentially harrowing premise. by David Fellerath 08/08/2012
East Bay Express Ruby Sparks Little miss moonbeam. by Kelly Vance 08/01/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Big Miss Sunshine: Ruby Sparks It's a rare creature: a smart romantic comedy that will leave you neither nauseated nor rolling your eyes. by Tricia Olszewski 08/15/2012

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