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Ruby Sparks

by Margarita  Kurtz
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Thursday Nov 8, 2012
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Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano, real-life boyfriend of Zoe Kazan) is a J.D. Salinger-esque one-hit wonder suffering from writer’s block. His shrink (Elliot Gould) challenges Calvin to write a page about the young woman who has appeared in his dreams.

This writing exercise leads to pages upon pages of a new novel that he bangs out on an old-fashioned typewriter. His writer’s block is cured and he now has a new female protagonist to obsess over. Much to his shock, she materializes in his kitchen cooking him breakfast and instantly becomes his new live-in girlfriend. The audience is asked to suspend disbelief and go along for this zany ride.

How will Calvin handle his control over his fictional creation turned flesh? Will he continue to revise his typewritten description of Ruby every time she exerts her independence from him or displays a quirk not quite to his liking? Or will he shower her with unique abilities like speaking French fluently? The attempt to be sympathetic to the creation, in this case Ruby Sparks, is the twist to the usual male fantasy-type movies such as "Splash" or "Weird Science."

Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris of "Little Miss Sunshine" bring this indie movie to life. But the real star is Zoe Kazan (granddaughter of legendary filmmaker Elia Kazan), who plays the title role and is the screenwriter of the film.

An author writes about his dream girl who unexpectedly comes to life.

"Ruby Sparks" takes the typical romantic comedy and turns it on its head. Kazan writes a more nuanced script than other screenwriters of romantic comedies about the power dynamics in relationships and shows the result of one partner having too much control over the other. The viewer hopes that Ruby will be free in the end, but that idea is not as fully developed as it could be.

Extras include: The Story; Real Life Couples; Be Careful What You Wish For; Theatrical Trailer; Sneak Peek

Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
Run Time: 105 minutes

"Ruby Sparks"
DVD
$19.95
http://www.foxsearchlight.com/rubysparks/

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