Ruby Sparks takes a little bit of Weird Science and Stranger Than Fiction, tosses in a healthy dose of the Pygmalion mythology and rolls it all together into what looks to be a richly entertaining romantic comedy. When I first heard about this movie I wasn’t exactly hooked since the basic premise has been visited several times before, but as I learned more about this little film it began to sound much more promising.
Discovering that it was directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, the duo behind Little Miss Sunshine, starring Paul Dano and written by Zoe Kazan (who also stars as the titular character) made Ruby Sparks suddenly seem much more appealing. There is also a wonderful and well-known supporting cast, but what really hooked me was the trailer.
Calvin (Paul 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 (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.
Ruby Sparks will be released on July 25 in selected theaters, hopefully it will be granted a wide release shortly thereafter.
Director:Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Cast:Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould, Chris Messina, Deborah Ann Woll