I write a lot of weird crap. Seriously, if you have been reading this site for any length of time, you would know that I have conjured up some pretty bizarre imagery around here. And if for some strange magical reasons (I’m going with fairy dust) these wonky words were ever to manifest themselves in real life…
Well, lets just say that the people around me won’t be able to sleep without screaming their throats raw for quite some time.
In Ruby Sparks, Paul Dano’s novelist Calvin faces this exact same problem. Luckily for him though he was writing about a cute redheaded dream girl and not a giant flaming vagina-cake, so all he has to worry about is falling in love with his own literary creation now that she has suddenly come to life.
Written by Zoe Kazan, who also plays the title role, Ruby Sparks is the follow-up film to Little Miss Sunshine for co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and if you’ve seen their former work, then you should know to expect quirk and charm by the boatloads for this one.
Dano was an actor who first came to my attention in There Will Be Blood, where he accomplished the almost downright impossible task of starring opposite professional scenery chewer Daniel Day-Lewis and still remaining memorable. That feat alone earns him tons of street cred in my book, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with this more whimsical fare.
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.
Last Updated: April 20, 2012