The new film from Little Miss Sunshine directors, Jonathan Layton and Valerie Faris, titled Ruby Sparks, is a film that features an imaginative premise that never quite fulfills its promise. In the film, Paul Dano plays a wunderkind writer, a one hit wonder who wrote one novel ten years ago, but hasn't written another novel since, that is until he starts writing again at the behest of his psychiatrist and creates his dream girl, named Ruby Sparks, who just happens to literally come from his imagination into reality. The idea is fresh and invigorating, but it falls into the traps of too many other Indie romance films from the past decade that were all more lively and more realized, such as (500) Days of Summer. This isn't to say that the film isn't funny at times, because it is, Ruby Sparks is a well made film that has its moments and tells a good story, but I can't help but feel more could have been done with this concept rather than falling into the traditional pratfalls of Indie romance films. It's these pratfalls that you can see coming from a mile away that keep Ruby Sparks from being truly spectacular.
I give Ruby Sparks a D+