Seemingly from the minute film critic Nathan Rabin coined the phrase Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) in 2007 to describe Kirsten Dunst’s character in Elizabethtown
and Natalie Portman’s part in Garden State
, the terminology became ubiquitous. Ruby Sparks
, the new film from the directing team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, tackles this particular archetype head-on.
According to Rabin, “The Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” He goes on to argue that they are either immediately begu...