If you’ve been wondering as to the whereabouts of Paul Dano (that actor whose sweet face is almost always hidden behind his incredible talent for playing hideously unappealing characters) since his role in “Cowboys and Aliens,” look no further than right here, y’all. Paul is back and playing what almost kinda looks like a romantic lead in this clip from “Ruby Sparks,” which it is our privilege to show you! Exclusively! On the internet!
The quirky mom, the hot Latin step-dad (delayed reaction: WHOA! THAT’S ANTONIO BANDERAS!), the stilted sibling convo, and the cringing, neurotic Calvin (Paul) complaining about his dog’s sensitive stomach; it all looks like a straightforward scene from your average dramedy. Only there’s a twist to “Ruby Sparks”: Ruby (Paul’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan) isn’t real.
Or is she?
“Ruby Sparks” follows the story of Calvin, a struggling novelist who desperately wants to be loved—and who uses the only tool at his disposal, his writing, to create a character who inspires him, who gets him, and who would be perfect for him if only she were real. And before he knows it, she is.
Between its great cast and its interesting concept—almost like a magic literary take on “Lars and the Real Girl”—”Ruby Sparks” is definitely one to watch.
The film, written by Zoe, hits theaters in limited release on July 25.
(P.S. If you live in the L.A. area, don’t miss the “Sparks at the Park” event, which includes a screening of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ other film “Little Miss Sunshine,” a sneak peek of “Ruby Sparks” and a Q&A with Zoe and the directors. Get all the info here!)
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