Ruby Sparks (2012)

Premise from imdb:  A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.

Calvin (Dano) 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 (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. -- (C) Fox Searchlight




Directed by 

Jonathan Dayton
Valerie Faris

Writing Credits  



Zoe Kazan...(written by)


Scottie/Scotty (named after F. Scott Fitzgerald) and Ruby Sparks(Zoe Kazan)

I won't write a review or share my opinions.  I liked it very much, but somehow, my thoughts were read and verbalized by this person: Robin Hitchcock.  Well, not entirely. ;-) I must say that my favorite parts are the swivel chair kiss and the scenes with Scottie in the park.  Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are real life sweethearts.  

CAST:
  • Paul Dano as Calvin Weir-Fields, a young novelist who struggles with writer's block having not written a full book since his first publication at 19.
  • Zoe Kazan as Ruby Tiffany Sparks, a woman who initially is a dream and inspires Paul Dano's character to write about her until she eventually manifests herself fully in his life.
  • Chris Messina as Harry Weir-Fields, Calvin's older brother whom he confides in about the true nature of Ruby.
  • Annette Bening as Gertrude, Calvin's mother.
  • Antonio Banderas as Mort, the carefree boyfriend of Calvin's mother. Banderas took on the role for the opportunity to work with Bening.
  • Aasif Mandvi as Cyrus Modi, Calvin's publicist.
  • Steve Coogan as Langdon Tharp, a novelist friend of Calvin who he first met when his first book was published.
  • Toni Trucks as Susie Weir-Fields, Harry's wife.
  • Deborah Ann Woll as Lila, Calvin's ex-girlfriend who left him before the events of the film and has recently written her own book.
  • Elliott Gould as Dr. Rosenthal, Calvin's therapist who encourages Calvin to write a page about anything not caring if it was bad.
  • Alia Shawkat as Mabel, a fan of Calvin's who gives him her number at a book signing.
  • Wallace Langham as Warren
  • Michael Berry Jr. as Silverlake Passerby

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