Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Ruby Sparks

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Ruby Sparks – Opening July 25, 2012

It’s always entertaining to take a trip into a writer’s mind as his story plays out simultaneously on screen. Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson did this dance back in 2006 in “Stranger than Fiction,” which proved to be an amusing experiment. Now Paul Dano, known for portraying outcasts and loners, is an author whose main character comes to life. Zoe Kazan, who has appeared in “It’s Complicated” and who I got to interview several years ago when she starred in “The Exploding Girl,” is the girl in question, who seduces Dano’s Calvin and throws him for a loop by constantly appearing in his life even though he invented her. I’m thrilled by two people in the supporting cast in particular. Chris Messina, who appeared in this past week’s new release “The Giant Mechanical Man,” has the part of the cheerleading brother, and Elliott Gould, so funny in his recurring role as Monica and Ross’ dad on “Friends,” looks to be having a blast as Calvin’s encouraging therapist. A film like this doesn’t stress logic, and that means that there’s plenty of potential for everyone just to have a good time. Kazan herself wrote the screenplay, and the film comes from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the directors of “Little Miss Sunshine,” a truly endearing movie. I love the line “Don’t tell me how it ends” as uttered by Ruby in the trailer, and I hope that this movie is just as marvelous and magical as it looks.

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