Zoe Kazan

‘The Big Sick’ Review: The Cure for the Common Rom-Com

by Matt Singer January 21, 2017 @ 12:18 AM
Courtesy of Sundance Institute
There’s always a stupid reason why the couple in a romantic comedy can’t be together until the closing credits. An ex-girlfriend or boyfriend appears at the most narratively conveniently moment, or one of the leads becomes a ghost, or there’s a misunderstanding that could easily be cleared up if the characters just sat and talked to one another for literally 15 seconds. One of the best things about The Big Sick is that the obstacles (plural, there are several) facing this relationship are real and relatable and believable and hugely serious.

‘The Monster’ Trailer: Zoe Kazan Meets Something Worse Than Cujo

by Britt Hayes October 6, 2016 @ 1:21 PM
It took director Bryan Bertino six years to deliver a follow-up to his directorial debut, 2008’s terrifying instant horror classic The Strangers. Although most people didn’t check out his second film, the surprisingly decent found footage flick Mockingbird (it’s on Netflix, FYI), perhaps more will be drawn to The Monster. The first trailer for Bertino’s latest has arrived online, teasing a simple horror thriller in the vein of Cujo.

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

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.