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Ruby Sparks: Movie Review

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I don’t want to prattle on for too long here because I think when you find a great movie, the little you know about it, the better. Furthermore, when I find a non-formulaic romantic comedy—in this case, an existential romantic comedy—that works, it’s like Christmas. So if you need a supporting argument, read on, otherwise just go see this smart, charming film.

Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) is a prodigy. He published a wildly acclaimed novel at the age of 19, but since then has very little to show for it. Every day, he feeds a sheet of paper into an old electronic typewriter and hopes for inspiration that doesn’t come. Then one night, he dreams of a girl—his dream girl—and the words come. Calvin confesses to his psychiatrist, Dr. Rosenthal (Elliott Gould), that he thinks he spends every moment writing because he has fallen in love with his character, Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan). So imagine his surprise when he wakes up one morning and Ruby is in his kitchen making eggs.

After getting past the very real possibility that he will be institutionalized, Calvin accepts the fact that the girl he put down on paper is flesh and blood. It’s only when Calvin’s well-intentioned brother, Harry (Chris Messina), suggests that since Ruby is Calvin’s creation, Calvin is at liberty to ‘tweak’ her if there is an aspect of her personality that he doesn’t like. And that’s when the trouble starts.

Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas have delightful cameos as Calvin’s New-Age mother and stepfather. All in all, this is just an intelligent, creative, well-acted gem.

It's a 9.

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