Self Love

The creepy kid from There Will Be Blood falls in love with a make-believe girl

Ruby Sparks is supposed to be a love story, and it is, but it's not quite the one the filmmakers set out to make. Calvin (Paul Dano) is a neurotic young writer crumbling under the pressure of his reputation as a literary genius. Then inspiration finally strikes when his shrink asks him to write a story about the fictional Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan), a quirky redheaded painter from Dayton who also happens to be Calvin’s idea of the perfect girlfriend.

Through some unexplained movie magic, Calvin wakes up one morning to discover that his dream girl has become a reality and is standing in his kitchen. Ruby has no idea that she's a work of fiction or that her boyfriend is actually her creator and able to make her do anything he wants with a few keyboard strokes. Kazan also wrote the script, and she paints a well-rounded but unlikable portrait of the self-involved Calvin.

The movie starts sweet, but quickly turns dark and twisted as Calvin finds that he can’t handle losing control of his creation. Ruby Sparks wants to be a love story between a boy and a girl, but it's really about the romance that the egotistical Calvin has with himself. --Julia Eberle

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