Ruby Sparks 2012 ★★★★

I always thought Little Miss Sunshine was a little overrated, but the followup from the directors of that film is a wonderful mix between charming and dark. It's written by Zoe Kazan, who also plays the female lead in the film.

The story follows a highly successful writer who is suffering writer's block, and in the process of working out his troubles with his therapist, writes a story about his dream girl. Then, he wakes up to discover that his creation exists and is living in his apartment.

Most films would end the concept here, but Ruby Spark delves into the exploration of a self-obsessed arist, as well as relationship dynamics where one person is trying to make their partner into their ideal. There's a dash of humour too that puts this all into balance.

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