Director(s): Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Cast: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening,Antonio Banderas, Aasif Mandvi, Steve Coogan, Deborah Ann Woll, Elliott Gould. 104 min. Rated R. Comedy/Fanatasy/Romance.
A famous nerdy writer is debilitated by writer's block, and when he finally does start writing, his young female character literally comes to life. This could have been a great movie if its "careful-what-you-wish-for" message was original (Bedazzled (2000) comes to mind), the imaginary character was a much more "dream-like" actress than Kazan (the likes of Zooey Deschanel or Emma Stone would've worked better), and the mid-portion of the story wouldn't drag on. But the movie ends on a mesmerizing note, and Paul Dano is perfect in his role. Giving this a very marginal Mojo.