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Ruby Sparks [Blu-ray] (2012)

Paul Dano , Zoe Kazan , Jonathan Dayton , Valerie Faris  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan
  • Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008220BDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ruby Sparks [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Calvin is a young novelist 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 (Zoe Kazan), 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.

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant romcom with serious undertones August 12, 2012
In "Ruby Sparks" (104 min.), Calvin (played by Paul Dano) plays a writer who found great acclaim as a late teenager but now 10 years later is lonely and struggling with writer's block. In his dreams he meets the perfect girl whom he calls Ruby (played by Zoe Kazan), he starts writing about it, and then one morning Calvim wakes up only to find Ruby in his kitchen, fixing breakfast. It's a miracle, right? Is it the magic in the typewriter (Calvin types "Ruby speaks French" and a moment later she speaks French)? No explanation is given. However now that Ruby is alive and well, she does not always act EXACTLY like Calvin wants her to, and the temptation to run to the typewriter and fix every signle problem is great, but what would that do to their relationship in the long run? To give away more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: the movie is intended as a romcom, and there are indeed many fine moments that made me smile. But the movie also examines some profounder issues that go to the very nature of the human race: free will (with the potential for making mistakes or worse) or no free will (at which point, what is the real value of the relationship you control?). Even though she's been in many other movies in her young career, in my opinion Zoe Kazan is THE break-out star of the movie, as not only did she write the movie's screenplay but her performance on the screen just oozes charm. Not that he doesn't do a good job, but I can't really say the same about Paul Dano (Kazan and Dano are also a couple in real life). And there are some real choice moments for Antonio Banderas and Annette Benning as Calvin's parents. Check out also Elliott Gould as Calvin's shrink.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully enchanting August 3, 2012
Speaking as somebody who writes short stories as a hobby in addition to film reviews; "Ruby Sparks" is pretty spectacular. Just the idea of one of your stories becoming a reality is basically every author's dream. Unless you're a horror writer, then you might hope it never leaves the page. Thinking about that somehow happening is inspiring in itself though. If that was a guideline, to only write stories you think deserve to exist in the real world, then we'd have a very different literary back catalog.

Paul Dano brings yet another extremely relatable character to the screen. His ongoing struggle to come up with a good story really hits home hard as does his issues with women. Falling in love with your own creation seems a lot more reasonable than attempting to swim in the dating world. Dano's performance is gut-wrenching at times because you know where at least part of this story is going and it's not going to end well; an emotional breakdown is inevitable. Dano is also just as engrossing as ever while making simple emotions of depression, inspiration, love, and heartache seem like a grand spectacle.

Zoe Kazan is really superb, as well. Attempting to be the embodiment of somebody's dream girl probably isn't the easiest job, but Kazan seems to do it with ease. Her performance is at its best when Calvin realizes that whatever he writes about Ruby on his typewriter comes to life. Those moments are when the humor of the film is at its peak and when the sadder moments punch you in your chest a little bit harder. It probably helps that Dano and Kazan are a couple off-screen, but their chemistry and an incredibly well-written screenplay are what make the film as strong as it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground-breaking New film August 13, 2013
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Finally, a Pygmalion tale told from a female perspective. The guys appear to rule for awhile, but by the film's end the feminine and the male appreciation it has held the day and Ruby is so indispensable that Serendipity decides to give her another shot at the poor guy.
Years from now I predict that this film will join the long line of memorable romantic films. Have seen it five times in a month and have yet to tire of it.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun movie November 6, 2012
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This movie is completely under the radar. It is tremendously enjoyable and has an endearing story line. I am not sure why it is not more generally known to be good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical romance September 5, 2013
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This is a film that asks you to relinquish a few of your beliefs for a while and also to suspend logic and reality for almost two hours. But it is well worth it.Besides,logic and reality are way too overrated.
"Ruby Sparks" is a delightful journey into the mind of a young man who is stricken not only with writer's block,but a broken heart as well. Paul Dano gives a beautifully understated performance and Zoe Kazan is simply remarkable and joyous as the enigmatic Ruby. Ms. Kazan also wrote the script for this highly unusual romantic comedy.
The chemistry between this young man and the woman who suddenly enters his life,Ruby,is amazing. Not just the characters, but the actors portraying them.
This is one of those rare films where telling even a small amount of the plot will serve as a spoiler. Just go out and rent it or buy it and ENJOY!.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watched 5 times...will watch again and again July 15, 2013
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This movie so accurately illustrates the dynamics of my first marriage, that when my husband and I watched it together (near the end of our relationship) EVEN HE acknowledged that he was a lot like the main character! It is deep and chilling. An amazingly well-told story, artfully produced and exquisitely acted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie buffs movie. An original.
One of the most enjoyable movies I've seen in the last few years. Plot was original to me, not relying on the old tired Hollywood formulas.
Published 2 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this movie, you gotta see it!
I LOVED this movie, great acting, very creative, great plot, it even has a happy ending. You must see this movie!
Published 6 days ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome different story
Loved it! Very different. And I'm hard to please.
Published 8 days ago by LaRae Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Darker than anticipated.
An odd film that has some bum notes earlier, yet quickly forms into a nostalgic and languid look into what it's like for a 90's-esque writer to have too much spare time, too much... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Matthew Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by Lisa K. Chance
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good & refreshing to watch...
A good movie that is not the "A-typical genre" you've seen before & Paul & Zoe make it even better!
Published 20 days ago by Scott S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Dano, why you so adorable?
I laughed, I cried, I cried again.
It was basically perfect.
Published 1 month ago by erika y morales
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic film!
Published 1 month ago by Rosanna Willhite
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great movie
Published 1 month ago by nikkosmom
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Good enough entertainment.
Published 1 month ago by critiquer
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