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-> ''She's out of his mind.''

''Ruby Sparks'' is a 2012 RomanticComedy film, directed by [[Film/LittleMissSunshine Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris]] and [[WrittenByCastMember written by]] Creator/ZoeKazan.

Calvin (Creator/PaulDano) was once a TeenGenius author; 10 years later, he has serious cases of depression and WritersBlock. His only inspiration is Ruby Sparks, the ManicPixieDreamGirl of his (literal) dreams. After writing a doorstopper SelfInsertFic about her, he wakes up one morning to find Ruby (Kazan) [[PygmalionPlot in his kitchen]].

Kazan wrote the screenplay for herself and her boyfriend, playing respectively a fictional character made real and the author who created her. [[RealitySubtext Very meta.]]
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!!Tropes
* AbuseMistake: Calvin is rather clueless. It is a good thing that his brother looks out for him. Or would have been a good thing, if it wasn't for the brother being rather clueless himself - not realize that the advice he's giving amounts to inciting supernatural methods for DomesticAbuse.
* ActingForTwo: [[spoiler: Kazan played both the titular character and said character's IdenticalStranger that Calvin met at the end.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Calvin and Ruby.
** Mabel.
* BilingualBonus
* BourgeoisBohemian: Calvin's mother, much to his embarrassment.
* CrazyJealousGuy: When Ruby's burgeoning social life gets in the way of their time together, Calvin [[spoiler:uses his power as her creator to write her into becoming obsessively dependent on him]].
* {{Defictionalization}}: Ruby is an in-universe example.
* DestructiveRomance: Ruby is perfect for Calvin. She's a real dream girl, and she would never harm him. Unfortunately, Calvin is not as perfect. He is no perfect dream boy, and the ways in which he can harm her are truly terrifying.
* DisappearedDad: It's implied that Calvin still has not quite gotten over the death of his father.
* FictionAsCoverUp: ''[[spoiler:The Girlfriend]]''
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Ruby is a great cook.
* FreudianCouch
* FriendlessBackground: Calvin. His shrink even states that his only friends are his own brother and his dog.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: [[spoiler: Calvin does this to Ruby, as part of his destructive tinkering with her personality.]]
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: Calvin rewrites Ruby to be "miserable without him" and sure enough she soon becomes incredibly clingy and dependant on him, to the point she misses him while he's eating breakfast ''beside her'' and has a breakdown on the street because he let go of her hand while they were walking. Once she becomes an emotional wreck he decides to counter this [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul by writing her as being constantly euphoric]]. Which makes her an insufferably happy individual, who looks like she's about to burst into song any second.]]
* GratuitousFrench: For reasons attributable only to indie film quirkiness, the entire soundtrack consists of French songs.
** Also, Calvin has Ruby start speaking French to prove to Harry that he created her [[spoiler: and he later pulls the same trick to demonstrate the same thing to Ruby herself]]
* HappilyMarried: Calvin's mom and stepdad seem very happy together. His brother Scott and his wife also seem to have a good marriage, [[spoiler: despite some earlier problems]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Downplayed: Ruby's hair has red tones, but looks either auburn or brown in different lights.
** Calvin's mother.
* HippieParents: Calvin's mom and stepdad.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Ruby has them.
* ItsAllAboutMe: There's no denying Calvin is very self absorbed. [[spoiler: His ex Lila attempts to call him out this, unintentionally describing most of his relationship problems with Ruby in the process.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: DoubleSubverted. When Calvin first sees Ruby in the flesh, he's scared out of his gourd and convinced that he's hallucinating. But when he's convinced that she's not a hallucination (and apologizes to her appropriately for his FreakOut), he's head over heels in love.
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: "You're a genius! You're a genius! You're a genius!"]]
* MagicRealism
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: All of Calvin's written/dreamt interactions with Ruby play out like this. Once she's real, [[spoiler: their relationship becomes a {{Deconstruction}}, with Ruby being a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype]].
* MeetCute: Averted. Ruby's initial manifestation is rife with awkwardness, as she acts like a very confused and concerned girlfriend/roommate, and Calvin acts like it's the beginning of his nervous breakdown.
* MindRape: The climactic scene, and it is ''extremely'' uncomfortable to watch.
* MoodDissonance: The climatic scene, Ruby is barking like a dog, doing sexy dancing, and spinning around [[spoiler:while crying her eyes out, and Calvin is in a full AGodAmI mode, but is also crying, and the whole thing plays off as a rape scene]].
* MostWritersAreWriters: Calvin is a young novelist struggling with writer's block.
* MuseAbuse: The relationship started well, turned abusive. Although Calvin did managed to finish the book based on Ruby after he repents.
* TheOneThatGotAway: [[spoiler:Ruby. Later subverted, if that girl was actually her.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Patrick.
* ThePollyanna: Ruby.
* ProperTightsWithASkirt: Often shows up in Ruby's outfit.
* RealityWritingBook
* RealLifeRelative: Real-life sweethearts Creator/PaulDano and Creator/ZoeKazan plays the film's OfficialCouple. [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion Well]], [[IdenticalStranger sort]]-[[ReplacementLoveInterest of]].]]
* [[spoiler: ReplacementLoveInterest: The girl Calvin meets at the end of the movie, played by Kazan but now with shorter hair.]]
* RewritingReality
* RunningGag: Calvin's boy dog pees like a girl.
** When people refer to Calvin as a "genius", he corrects them. PlayedForDrama in the film's climax.
* PygmalionPlot: Literally. Thinking about ''Pygmalion'' is what inspired Zoe Kazan's story.
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: The titular Ruby Sparks is the [[PygmalionPlot literal manifestation]] of the girl of TheHero's dreams.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Depressed and cultured writer Calvin and his gym-addict brother Harry.
* ShoutOut: Several to Creator/BillyWilder movies and possibly one to ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. Alia Shawkat plays a girl named Mabel. In ''Arrested Development'', her character was called Maeby.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Astoundingly, the host has the gall to [[spoiler:try to start one of these while an actual party that he's hosting is in progress. ''With'' the girlfriend of one of his guests, no less]].
** UnreliableNarrator: Calvin, certainly in regards to Lila.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Calvin spends the majority of the film being self-absorbed and expecting the relationship to revolve around him. Once Ruby starts expressing the desire for space and her own friends [[spoiler: Calvin attempts to start re-writing her into someone more dependant on him.]]
** It's not just Ruby, either, he spends the entire time visiting his mother's house sulking and writing and obviously dislikes his mom's boyfriend.
* WhamLine: For Ruby, anyway. [[spoiler: "You're not real. I made you up."]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Lila calls Calvin out on how he ''actually'' treated her in their relationship, as opposed to how Calvin views it.
* WritersBlock: Calvin suffers from it.
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