Rated R (language including some sexual references, and for some drug use)
DIRECTORS: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
CAST: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina and Annette Bening
Opens Friday at Park Place Stadium Cinemas
"Ruby Sparks" slyly, smartly pokes holes in the romanticism of the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl. But it also toys with the larger notion of idealizing people you don't really know just because you've fallen for them and want all that warm, gooey stuff to be true.
Superficially, it's about the struggle to create, as seen through the writer's block an acclaimed novelist suffers in trying to craft his sophomore effort. But it's also about the fantasies we all create in our heads, the detours from reality that assuage us.
Delight and charm ultimately win out over any deep revelations, though, as the script from Zoe Kazan -- who also stars as the title character -- keeps things light and bright. This is also true of the brisk direction from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the husband-and-wife team behind "Little Miss Sunshine," which was the very definition of a crowd-pleaser.