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"She's Out Of His Mind"

Ruby Sparks (2012) is a romantic comedy directed by Jonathan Dayton. The movie focuses on a struggling novelist played by Paul Dano. Things take an interesting turn when Ruby Sparks, his fictional creation, comes to life. It all starts when an enterprising young writer named Calvin Weir-Fields (Dano) is struggling to live up to the success of his first novel. He seeks guidance from Dr. Rosenthal (Elliott Gould), a therapist who gives him a writing assignment. Calvin has to write one page about someone who likes his dog. That's it. Sounds simple, right? We shall see.

While working on his assignment, Calvin dreams of an attractive woman who says she likes his dog after she draws a picture of it. After waking up from his dream, Calvin finds inspiration and decides to write about her. During subsequent therapy sessions, Calvin admits he is falling for Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) - his fictional creation. Calvin receives a visit from his brother (Chris Messina) and his wife (Toni Trucks) and discovers women's clothing scattered here and there in his house. Soon after, he discovers that his fictional character has come to life and is cooking breakfast in his kitchen.

Not quite ready to accept this reality, Calvin seeks support from his brother, who is even more skeptical than Calvin. Ruby tags along and does some shopping while Calvin runs into a fan of his first book. Ruby shows up and Calvin is surprised that other people see her too, confirming that she may not be a figment of his imagination. Ruby believes Calvin is cheating on her with the female fan, which serves as a point of contention that's quickly cleared up. Calvin decides to go along with it and introduces Ruby to his brother, who still insists that there is a perfectly reasonable explanation.

Calvin eventually introduces Ruby to his mother (Annette Bening) and other family members. Calvin becomes increasingly frustrated over the way Ruby interacts with everybody else and seems to ignore him. Ruby develops a penchant for singing, which Calvin says is disturbing his writing. This doesn't sit well with an emotional Ruby. Calvin tries to write Ruby back into her world, but then decides to give her free will do as she pleases. After a few twists and turns, Ruby disappears and Calvin is inspired to write a book about his experiences with her called The Girlfriend. The book is a hit, but is Ruby really history? The movie concludes with an interesting twist that combines fantasy and reality into a possible new beginning.

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| 2012 | 1 hr 44 min | 7.2/10 | 67/100
Cast
Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening
Studio
Bona Fide Productions, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Language
English
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Also directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

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