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A delight. The ending is fantastic.without being too cute. The premise of this movie could have been butchered my a slapstick director. Well done!
I liked this film and recommend seeing it in the theaters. I thought the film was quite interesting, imaginative and fun to watch and I think it is a perfect summer film about the creative process and love. I found this film to be very charming and quite funny and I loved the way the filmmakers portrayed the dysfunctional ground between men and women, especially during the early stages of a relationship.I went to see this film with my boyfriend and it was absolutely perfect because we both could relate. Overall, I had a great time watching this film and I think it will please a wide audience.
This is a really sweet and superb movie that everyone should see. I think a lot of people will see the trailer and think "oh, chick flick" but they couldn't be more wrong. It's actually more of a movie for guys, but one that girls can definitely enjoy as well. I would say that the reason the movie works as well as it does is because of Zoe Kazan who plays Ruby Sparks. She never goes over the top and she's so solid in her performance that you totally forget she's acting. The main actor Paul Dano is also really good in his part and he has amazing chemistry with Kazan. He basically makes her up in his mind as a writer and then she shows up one day and of course all heck breaks loose. It's fun and funny and full of whimsy and magic. You'll wonder why more movies aren't like this and you'll definitely wish that this one is a super success because we need many more like it! Bring it on, fans of amazing cinema!
This movie is a lot of fun, but then why wouldn't it be since it's from the directors of "Little Miss Sunshine", one of the best and most heartfelt movies made in the last ten years. Imagine that you're a writer whose heart was broken by your ex. So you write a story about the perfect woman . . . and then "poof" she just shows up one day and begins to make you question everything you've ever thought you knew and understood about the opposite sex. This is the basic premise of this movie, which is really smart, funny, and touching at the same time. I would say that it's even better than "500 Days of Summer" because it doesn't try to make you believe anything about men or women. It just takes a really fanciful notion and then makes it seem like it's totally normal that it could happen in real life. Zoe Kazan owns the movie as the title character - and if Hollywood has any brains at all, it will make dozens more movies with her in the lead. She's just superb.
So there are romantic comedies, and there are "chick flicks" (a designation for movies I generally loathe) and then there are those bittersweet dramedies that everyone loves and doesn't mind not being able to categorize (think Juno). But then a funny thing happened at the movies: Zoe Kazan wrote and co-stars in the liltingly charming (there's really no other way to describe it) new movie, Ruby Sparks, s movie that defies and begs to be categorized.
To be sure, there will be those who see it as this summer's anecdote to 500 Days of Summer. And those people would probably be right. The story of a man who can't find love but then ends up falling - and falling hard - for a girl he just can't seem to get to want him back is a common tragedy. In the new film we have Calvin (played by Paul Dano) who is an uber studious writer who can't get past the girl who broke his heart. Enter Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan), a semi-wild and semi-free young woman who stands out purely because she blends in so well . . . and because he seems to have written her into existence. (Pause) Or did he? There's something different about her, but she never quite lets on what exactly it is. That's for Calvin to find out.
The movie is plotted as a fairly standard series of romantic escapades and misadventures, but the fun of the movie is not in its story. Kazan has created a Zooey Deschanel-esque character who revels in being awkward but who is (I think) fundamentally sad that she will never be the pretty dream girl every boy wants. She wants to be wanted, but only by a man whose world she can conquer. In that sense, this is a "chick flick" with a very masculine sensibility. Imagine Ally McBeal longing for love and actually finding "like" instead and then learning to love that. That's essentially what we have here.
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