Review: Ruby Sparks DVD – she's out of his mind


Ruby Sparks Blu-ray

Fox Searchlight sent me a DVD screener for Ruby Sparks. The movie is about a novelist whose imagination invades his reality. Even though the film is a little sad and tense at times, I found the overall story delightful and recommend Ruby Sparks to all hopeless romantics. Ruby Sparks is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

The 411 for Ruby Sparks

The story A character in a novelist’s story comes to life
Appropriateness for children No nudity, but there is some sexuality and profanity
  • Wonderful and delightful story
  • Love the ending
  • A little sad and tense at times
Release date Available now on Blu-ray and DVD
Rating Rated R for language including some sexual references, and for some drug use
Runtime 104 minutes
Genre Romance, drama, comedy

She’s out of his mind
Calvin Weir-Fields is a novelist. His first novel was very successful, but now he struggles with writing another book. Then one day, Calvin dreams about a girl (Ruby Sparks) and decides to write about her. As he writes about her, Ruby’s personality comes to life. I don’t mean just literally — Ruby actually appears in Calvin’s house. At first, Calvin thinks he’s going crazy. But other people see Ruby too. Calvin has magically willed Ruby into existence.

Ruby is a puppet
Spoiler alert. This part is revealed in the first 30 minutes of the story, but you might want to skip to the next paragraph if you want to find out for yourself in the movie. Ready? OK, then lets get to the mini-spoiler. Ruby is like a puppet. She’s a real person, but her actions and mood can be controlled by Calvin’s writing. Whatever he writes about Ruby in his book comes true. As you will find out in the movie, controlling a person’s life through writing has consequences. As my late uncle use to say, with great powers come great responsibilities.

Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan shine in Ruby Sparks
Paul Dano (Calvin Weir-Fields) and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) are both excellent in this movie. Ruby Sparks also featured Chris Messina (Harry – Calvin’s brother), Annette Bening (Gertrude – Calvin’s mom), Antonio Banderas (Mort – Gertrude’s boyfriend), Aasif Mandvi (Cyrus Modi), Steve Coogan (Langdon Tharp), Toni Trucks (Susie – Harry’s wife), Deborah Ann Woll (Lila), Elliott Gould (Dr. Rosenthal), Alia Shawkat (Mabel), Jane Anne Thomas (Saskia), John F. Beach (Adam), Eleanor Seigler (Mandi), and Emma Jacobs (Party Goer at Langdon’s). The film was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

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