August 08, 2012

Movie Review: Ruby Sparks

What do the following have in common: Pygmalion and Galatea, Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, and now Calvin and Ruby Sparks?  Each pair includes a man who makes (or remakes) his ideal woman and a woman who refuses to be controlled.  These stories ask us to consider what, if anything, does love have to do with control?  Do we love someone as they are, or do we only love them when they do what we want?

Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) is a writer who wrote a good book once.  He doesn't seem to have any stories left.  His social life consists of taking his muttish dog on walks and occasionally doing author talks to audiences he feel no connection with.  One day, he has a dream about a girl named Ruby Sparks.  She is beautiful, unique, fun, and compassionate.  She loves him just the way he is.  His therapist suggests he write a story about Ruby.  Calvin begins to write Ruby's character, and then, oddly, she appears in his apartment.