By Renee Collins

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Reels


I really didn’t know what to expect from this film and the trailer lead me to expect a comedy.  Well, that isn’t necessarily true, but this film turned out to be surprisingly good, with some seriously funny and hearfelt moments.


A novelist, Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano), struggling with writer’s block finds romance in a most unusual way; he writes a female character that will love him and wills her into existence.  I know; a weird plot but this one works.  Dano portrays reclusive, controlling and flawed Calvin to perfection.  His creation, Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) is also wonderful because they work well together; they just fit together.  Even though, at first, they are seemingly perfect for each other as time progresses, everything changes because she evolves and Calvin doesn’t like that because he wants to be in control of everything, including her.


This film is exceedingly well written and acted.  We are dropped into the middle of Calvin’s somewhat pathetic life and watch how he deals with the events that unfold.  The supporting cast is equally wonderful.  Annette Bening portrays, Gertrude, Calvin’s hippy, plant loving, easy going mother and Antonio Banderas expertly portrays, Mort, the eccentric, outgoing artist boyfriend of Gertrude.  Another standout for me is Chris Messina’s role as Harry, Calvin’s brother.  He is the comedic relief throughout the entire film and is much needed to keep things going.


This film surprised me in many ways because it is an expertly written and acted drama about a troubled writer trying to deal with what is happening and not happening in his life.  We see Calvin transform throughout his journey and it is wonderful to watch.  I would recommend this film to anyone wanting to see a well thought out and acted film; imaging that as an option in today’s movie market.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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