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Starring real-life couple Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, 'Ruby Sparks' is directed by the couple behind 'Little Miss Sunshine'.
As if that wasn't “meta” enough for you, Kazan also wrote the script that sees Dano play a writer struggling to complete his second novel. In the throws off a collapsing state of mind he creates a perfect woman in the form of Ruby Sparks. For reasons which don't need explaining (and never are in the film), Ruby springs to life and is fully formed in every way the Dano has written her to be.
This could have been a cheesy Rom-Com, but in the hands of directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris we get something altogether more sophisticated. It's still hilarious in places, emotionally engaging some moments and overall it's utterly enchanting.
Kazan plays sparks just one flutter away from Zooey Deschanel levels of kookiness, and that's to the films eternal benefit. Her script has bundles of energy and no small amount of intelligence, and even a few missteps such as an unnecessary trip to meet the quirky in-laws isn't enough to derail this fantastic effort.
Release Date: 12 October
Starring: Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano and Steve Coogan
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