Review: 'Ruby Sparks' An Off Beat, Funny, Touching, Fantasy About Love
'Ruby Sparks' directed by the 'Little Miss Sunshine' team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris was written by Zoe Kazan (Eli's granddaughter) who also stars in it with her real life boyfriend, Paul Dano.
This is the story of a novelist, Calvin (Paul Dano) who had a mega bestseller when he was 19, but for the last several years, he's had major writer's block.
Poor boy's is worried that he may be a 'one hit wonder.' He's also concerned that his only friend is his dog Scotty. But Calvin's not completely alone... He does have his brother Harry (Chris Messina) and his therapist (Elliot Gould) to listen to his problems.
Of course, Calvin's solitary life may have to with the fact that he's a control freak and Woody Allen neurotic.
But things are about to change for our guy, in ways that neither he nor anyone could ever, imagine.
One night, Calvin dreams about an adorable red headed girl named Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan). He wakes up, heads straight to his typewriter (no computer for him) and writes about this dream girl.
And to his shock, the girl becomes...real...So real in fact, that one morning, Calvin finds her eating breakfast at his kitchen table.
To say anymore would spoil the fun and 'Ruby Sparks' is really...fun. It's also an original, super-entertaining, off-beat, touching, fantasy love story about losing control, letting go and taking a chance.
The film has lovely performances by the two leads as well as a great supporting cast; including Annette Benning as Calvin's new age mom and Antonio Banderas as her artistic husband.
'Ruby Sparks' which opens in theatres Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 is one of the few films that John and I actually agree on. We both gave it 4 bagels out of 5.
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Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz