Ruby Sparks

Synopsis: Calvin is a genius novelist who begins to type a new novel on his manual typewriter about Ruby, his dream girl. He can't believe his eyes, because the next day, Ruby becomes a real person, and they begin to have a beautiful relationship together. If the relationship isn't perfect, all Calvin has to do is simply type the words on the page and Ruby's actions change to what he needs.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Production: Fox Searchlight
  1 win & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min


There you are.

I've been looking for you.

Have you seen my other shoe?


Why are you looking at me like that?

Go potty.


Come on, boy. Scotty.

Go potty, Scotty.

Don't look at me like that.


Great way to start the day, right?

I think I'm gonna puke.

Mom said you went on a date last week.

How'd it go?

It was okay.

"Okay" as in you got laid?



She can't hear you.

Don't you wanna have sex,

like, ever again in your life?

Yes. I just don't think

that I'm the dating type.

Girls only wanna sleep with me

because they read my book in high school.


So they're not interested in me.

They're interested

in some idea of me.

That's why you should keep working out.

That way, they'll want you for your body.

What does this thing

even do?

It turns you into a god.

Keep going.

Hey, I had a weird dream last night.

There was this girl and she was...

What'd she look like?

Just a normal girl.

Just a girl I made up.

Well, what happened?

She just talked to me.

That's depressing.

Actually, it was really nice.

Seriously? You don't even get laid

in your dreams? That's...

That's just sad.

Hey, how's the new book coming along?

I don't know. I get a good idea,

like why don't I write about my dad?

And then, bam, I start thinking

that it's the stupidest thing ever.

Who wants to read about,

"He was disappointed in me...

...blah, blah, blah"?

Also, I'm feeling ambivalent

about Scotty.

Yeah, he slobbers. He chews things.

He pees like a girl,

which makes me feel inadequate.

He needs to go outside a lot, breaks up

my day. That's why I'm not writing.

Do you think that's why you're not writing?


Why do think you're not writing?

Can I have Bobby now?

Do you need Bobby now?



...when's the last time

you saw a friend?

Harry. Yesterday.

No, no.

Someone other than your brother.

Uh, have you been giving Bobby

to your other patients?

No, Bobby is just for you.

Because he smells weird.


...when you were deciding to get Scotty,

what did we talk about?

What did you say your hopes were?

Do you remember?

That he would help me meet people.

A little louder, please?

That he would be

awesome and we'd take hikes and stuff.

And people would stop to pet him,

and I would meet them.

But Scotty gets scared

when people try to pet him.

Does that embarrass you?


I wanna give you a writing assignment.

I can't write.


This would just be for me.

I'd like you to write a page...

...about someone who sees Scotty

all slobbery and scared...

...and likes him anyway,

just the way he is.

You think you could

do that for me?

Can it be bad?

I'd like it to be very bad.

I first met Calvin

when he was 19 years old.

And he'd already been at the top...

...of The New York Times Best Seller list,

uh, for several months.

And I remember thinking:

"Who the f*** is this kid?

And, uh, how can I go back in time

and be him?"

A high-school dropout

with acne still on his chin...

...gave us what may very well become

a classic American novel.

Since then, of course,

we've all enjoyed his short stories...

...uh, including last year's novella,

Breakfast for Dinner.

But it was only when I sat down

and reread his novel... available in a beautiful

10th anniversary edition...

...that, uh, I realized just how good a writer

Calvin Weir-Fields is.

We are lucky to have him around.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Calvin Weir-Fields.

Phenomenal, man. Just brilliant.

Thank you. Thanks.


Thanks so much.



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Zoe Kazan

Zoe Swicord Kazan (born September 9, 1983) is an American actress and playwright. Kazan made her acting debut in Swordswallowers and Thin Men (2003) and later appeared in films such as The Savages (2007), Revolutionary Road (2008) and It's Complicated (2009). She starred in happythankyoumoreplease (2010), Meek's Cutoff (2010) and Ruby Sparks (2012), writing the screenplay for the latter. In 2014, she starred in the film What If and the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, for which she received an Emmy nomination. In 2017, she portrayed Emily Gardner, based on Emily V. Gordon, in the film The Big Sick. Kazan has also acted in several Broadway productions. more…

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