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Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.
Comedy Romantic - Although an independent with a fairly low wattage cast, this romantic
comedy fantasy has much mainstream mass appeal, much like the
directors' previous film, the sleeper indie hit Little Miss
Sunshine. Fans of rising young star Paul Dano will be pleased
with this showcase. Language and adult subject matter make this film
inappropriate for kids.
PROFANITY: 21 F-words; 7 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: A hit; glimpses of a violent movie. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and marijuana. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic lines and situations, sometimes suggestive.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Still, it's probably fair to use (500) Days of Summer as a barometer of appreciation for Ruby Sparks, and both have the distinction of being pleasant interruptions to the typical noisy cacophony of disappointing summer releases.
Roger EbertFull Review Good The movie's intriguing in its fanciful way, and there are times when both Calvin and Ruby seem uncannily like they're undergoing revision at the hands of some uber-writer above them both.
USA TodayFull Review Good Still, the fictional premise is used cleverly to illuminate the creative process and explore romantic minefields, and the appealing Ruby Sparks has a low-key, polished charm.
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It wasn't long ago that Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) was a literary wunderkind with an acclaimed first novel. But since then, he's been stricken with a stubborn case of writer's block magnified by a dismal love life. In a last-ditch attempt to reignite his creative spark, Calvin begins to envision a female protagonist in his mind. Her name is Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) and from the minute he imagines her, he feels creatively invigorated to write about her. Until she shows up in his living room. Is this a joke, a sign of madness, an act of magic? Whatever it is, it feels incredible. Suddenly, Ruby is sleeping in Calvin's bed, cooking in his kitchen, beguiling him in every way, with one mind-boggling twist: he somehow has the power to change her every time he sits at his typewriter. As Calvin tries to juggle this power, he faces a major dilemma as a writer and a boyfriend: what will it take to make this relationship from his imagination work in the real world?