Ruby Sparks–A wonderful Rom-Com, that you’ve never heard of…

A block of text with a blank space forming the outline of a woman. A man carrying a woman over his shoulder.

Ruby Sparks has everything I want in a Romantic Comedy–creativity, originality and realism–all the while being funny, romantic and clever.  It’s a tall order, I know, but Ruby Sparks meets it and exceeds.

The biggest credit must be given to screenwriter and star Zoe Kazan (I am truly impressed with her–will keep an eye on her star :)).  What she brings to the screen is a unique, interesting look at falling in love with the “idea” of someone and all the expectations we place on others.   It’s layered beautifully with all the assumptions we place on “love” and how they’re bound to fall short and disappoint.  The directing duo that brought us the wonderful Little Miss Sunshine, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are the perfect match for this quirky love story and allow the characters to evolve organically.

Kazan stars as the principal Ruby Sparks and is charming and wonderfully funny.  Paul Dano fits the socially awkward “genius” of a writer, Calvin Weir-Fields, perfectly and together they have great chemistry (as they should since they are a real couple).   One of my “on the rise” actors is awesome in this, too–Chris Messina, (as the skeptical brother).  There is also so brief appearance by Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas, which is pretty fun.

As you all know–I do not want to give too much away…so, if you like your rom-com to be intelligent and thought-provoking, Ruby Sparks is the film for you.  It is still sweet and romantic, but the edge is what I love the most.  Well done, Ms. Kazan–well done, indeed.

Ruby Sparks Trailer

Puss in Boots? ME – OW!

Puss in Boots Poster

I LOVE PUSS in BOOTS!  And I am not alone!  Many have fallen under his spell–is it the accent? The confident swagger? Or it could definitely be the big eyed stare…or maybe it’s the fact that Antonio Banderas was born to play this character and he loves him just as much as we do. 

Whatever it is–Puss in Boots is wonderful.  Way more than I expected.  I love the character since it was introduced in the Shrek series–but a whole movie?  Could it be Puss overload?  Thankfully, the answer is NO!  I want more! 

The movie turned out to be funny, touching and action filled.  It has a strong voice cast and a solid narrative.  The best parts are the expressions that the animators are able to create for the cats–as a cat lover it is easy for me to say they are dead on!  And the one cat–the cat in the trailer–the one with the paw over the mouth and the shocked “OOOOHHHH!” –well, she is so fabulous and used perfectly!  We want her to be digitally added to classic films–just at the right moments!! LOL!  (it has been fun thinking of those scenes)

I have seen it 2x and could watch again.  It is quotable and awesome.  Hopefully you got to see it–if not hurry–you won’t regret it!