VOD Recommendation: A Fantastical Rom-Com with a Dark Undercurrent Available on Demand
11.05.12 by BJSprecher
"You may see this and think it's magic. But falling in love, is an act of magic."
Suspend disbelief with this clever, well-written romantic comedy with a fantastical premise that eschews cheap and obvious gags for a deeper, more emotional and thought-provoking narrative on love, life, free will, and creativity.
The Flick: Ruby Sparks
The Skinny: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the directing duo behind Little Miss Sunshine, reunite to direct award-winning actress Zoe Kazan's (The Exploding Girl) first screenplay. Kazan drew inspiration for the story from the ancient Greek legend of Pygmalion about a sculptor who fell in love with his statue. Kazan specifically chose Los Angeles as the setting for the movie because it is "a town where it is very easy to feel totally alone and isolated."
The Players: Paul Dano (Cowboys & Aliens) stars as Calvin Weir-Fields, a young novelist who has struggled for a decade to recapture the success of the first novel he wrote when he was a teen. Calvin becomes inspired to write again by a woman he dreamed about named Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) and wakes up one day to find her in his kitchen, a living breathing human being. After accepting that she is real and that he is not going crazy, Calvin discovers he can change her personality and talents simply by writing about them. In the end, Calvin must decide whether it is better to have a maleable dream girl or to set her free. Elliott Gould, Antonio Banderas and Steve Coogan also star.
Ruby Sparks | Jonathan Dayton | Paul Dano | Zoe Kazan | Movie Trailer | Review