On July 26, 2006, Fox Searchlight released "Little Miss Sunshine," the feature film debut of filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The film was an indie phenomenon, grossing $100 million worldwide and earning four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
Six years later -- almost to the day -- Dayton and Faris return to the indie multiplex with the Fox Searchlight release "Ruby Sparks." Like "Little Miss Sunshine," this film also co-stars Paul Dano, but the similarities end there: Written by Zoe Kazan (Dano's real-life girlfriend and the film's title character), "Ruby Sparks" focuses on Cal (Dano), an author struggling to follow up his successful debut novel with new work. Following a dream, he begins writing about Ruby Sparks, his idealized version of a woman who miraculously comes to life -- giving Cal everything he's ever wanted in a relationship, for better and worse.
- Christopher Rosen
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