Ruby Sparks

Reel Women: 'Ruby Sparks' and the Deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

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by Britt Hayes July 27, 2012 11:40 AM
Fox Searchlight
Writer Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) has a severe case of writer's block until he dreams of his perfect girl and literally writes her into existence in 'Ruby Sparks,' the new film from 'Little Miss Sunshine' team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Feris.
Ruby, played by Zoe Kazan -- who also wrote the script -- is the epitome of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but in this meta tale of romantic expectations, she also examines the ways in which the archetype is flawed.