"Sparks Fly"

Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.

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In RUBY SPARKS, a novelist named Calvin has writers block. One night, he begins to dream about conversations with a quirky, lovely girl. Writing about this girl, Calvin falls in love with the concept of her, until one day she actually appears. Completely baffled, Calvin wonders if he’s gone insane. He calls his brother to verify that Ruby is real. Calvin and Ruby’s relationship starts to flourish. Things start going wrong, however. So, Calvin decides to change Ruby by using the typewriter that created her.

RUBY SPARKS has an interesting idea for a story. Its story resembles the Greek myth of Pygmalion. In the myth, Pygmalion is a sculptor who sculpts his perfect woman, and the sculpture comes alive. RUBY SPARK is entertaining and funny, with a morally positive conclusion. However, the plot sometimes doesn’t have much conflict. Also, the editing is sometimes choppy. Despite the positive ending, the movie has a Romantic worldview, with too much foul language, some drug references, and other lewd content. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for RUBY SPARKS.


(RoRo, B, Pa, FR, Ho, LLL, VV, S, N, AA, DD, M) Romantic worldview mitigated by some moral elements about loving a person for who they are than for what they could be, with some magical pagan thinking and New Age pagan hippie elements regarding protagonist’s hippie mother, plus a homosexual joke is made about a male dog that urinates like a female dog; at least 33 obscenities and six profanities, including one referring to Jesus, plus other crude dialogue and a few references to urinating; couple watches black and white zombie movie with blood and violence; implied couple living together, implied fornication, kissing, and homosexual joke about dog not acting his gender; upper male nudity and girl in underwear; alcohol use and man appears intoxicated or high on marijuana, or both; marijuana use and a joke about cocaine, a reference to getting “stoned,” and man appears high on marijuana or intoxicated, or both; and, lying.

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The romantic sparks fly in RUBY SPARKS, when a brilliant writer, Calvin, ends up creating his perfect girl who comes to life. RUBY SPARKS has an interesting storyline, but it also has a mixed pagan worldview with Romantic elements and magical thinking as well as plenty of strong foul language and some drug references.

As the movie opens, writer Calvin Weir-Fields is in a bit of a slump. His dog is creating a mess, he has no friends, and he has no love interest. Worst of all, he’s suffering from writer’s block. Calvin also seems to be having odd dreams about a quirky girl named Ruby talking to him. This sends Calvin to typing, and he ends up writing a whole novel about Ruby, literally the girl of his dreams.

This experience gives Calvin hope for the future. Until one day, Ruby’s things start to appear around the house, and, finally, Ruby herself appears to him. Thinking he’s gone insane, Calvin has his brother, Harry, come over and meet Ruby to verify her existence. In complete amazement, Harry sees Ruby too, the girl Calvin created out of his mind. Calvin discovers he can modify Ruby’s behavior and dialogue by just a mere word typed on a page.

A seemingly natural relationship starts to grow between Calvin and Ruby. Calvin truly believes he has the perfect girl. He stops trying to type her character, but when things go wrong and Ruby doesn’t act like he wants, Calvin tries to edit her.

RUBY SPARKS is an interesting concept that resembles the Greek myth of Pygmalion in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, X, where a sculptor sculpts his ideal women, who then comes to life. At times though, the plotline doesn’t have much conflict. There are also some plot holes. In addition, the editing fades to black a couple times. This leads to some choppiness in the story. Overall, however, the movie is entertaining, funny, appealingly quirky, and relatable in its description of falling in love. Though this is the case, the foul language is excessively strong, and there are some drug references and implied sexual behavior.

There is some magical pagan thinking in RUBY SPARKS. However, RUBY SPARKS has a strong Romantic worldview. This is mitigated by some moral elements. [SPOILER ALERT] For example, the movie also shows that people can’t base their relationships on a false idea of love but rather love the person for how they truly are. The reality is, we can’t control people to fit the way we wish them to behave. Thus, for Ruby to be really real, Calvin has to set her free to have her own thoughts, wants, and actions in order to truly love her.

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