the pen is
mightier than the sword. Well, what if the pen is also mightier than
average online dating service? The latest film from the Little Miss
(2006) directors (Jonathan
Dayton and Valerie Faris) has a storyline seemingly pulled from a
even Andrew McCarthy would have rejected during his eighties heyday.
Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) is an American writer struggling to come up
next book when the inspiration for his new character comes to fruition.
just in his overly active imagination, but in the living breathing
well. This dream girl of his literal fantasies is called, Ruby Sparks.
Dano has proved
to audiences he’s here to stay. In There will be Blood (2007) his conniving Eli
Sunday stood up against Daniel Day Lewis’s Oscar winning oil tycoon
Plainview. He has also appeared in Hollywood blockbusters like the
(2012), Cowboys and Aliens (2011) and HBO’s The Sopranos
television. Ruby seems an odd choice for an actor who is
a good job at climbing the Hollywood ladder.
There is no meat on the bone to this flick, neither is it
in style to satisfy much more than your average high school hipster. The jokes are funny and the actors bring them
more life than what they would have on paper. Annette Bening, Antonio
and Elliott Gould add some needed color as Calvin’s hippy mother,
therapist. The problem with Ruby is that it never goes beyond
and quite juvenile pretense. The film has predictable turns and a very
Hollywood ending not unlike the cringe worthy (500) Days of Summer (2009). The film does have a
nice clean production style with much of film being set in Calvin’s
white home. This leaves the focus on the characters and this works
the camera does venture outside, it's always light and sunny. This is
overall tone for this film. While Calvin’s obsession with Ruby has some
moments, they don’t stay for long and are usually written around
moments. Newcomer Zoe Kazan, who is also the writer of the piece, plays
with vibrancy and charm. Acting very much like the kind of girl that
would dream up and the two actors work very well together.
like a very
odd follow-up to the director’s success all the way back in 2006 with Little
Miss Sunshine. Sunshine was
acclaimed across the globe and very left of center to typical Hollywood
Despite its ensemble cast (which is a great award winner in the city of
celluloid), it was a story of a fractured family with real problems. Ruby is a fluffy fun romantic comedy
aimed at the younger audiences. While it
works on a simple level, its twee concept and lack of bite may keep
at bay. It is a cute romantic
comedy with adequate acting and sufficient laughs. Those who haven’t
high school just found their next date movie. The older viewers out
just going to have to wait for Rachael McAdams to lose her memory again
their next dose of romantic thrills.