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07.25.2012
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Who doesn't love a Manic Pixie Dreamgirl? She's like a unicorn. Film critic, Nathan Rabin first coined the term describing the stock character as, "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that 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." While I feel like there are women like that out there, they also have their own flaws-- hence the "unicorn" remark.

Flavorwire put together a supercut of 75 years of Manic Pixie Dreamgirls. Some of my most notable favorites are here. However, I would like more Jeff Daniels dancing in SOMETHING WILD. I would watch a gif of that for hours. Check out the video below and let us know which dreamgirls are missing.

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Extra Tidbit: "Too many guys think I'm a concept, or I complete them, or I'm gonna make them alive. But I'm just a f*cked-up girl who's lookin' for my own peace of mind; don't assign me yours."
Source: Flavorwire

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11:03AM on 07/26/2012

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I always feel like i'm the manic pixie dream guy and the girls are the uptight ones in my relationships. And theres a reason they dont make movies about that, it doesnt work.

My favorite MPDG is Natalie Portman from "Garden State", she felt like the most damaged and there was a reason she was attracted to Zach Braff and needed him.

anyone still lost on the video just go here
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I always feel like i'm the manic pixie dream guy and the girls are the uptight ones in my relationships. And theres a reason they dont make movies about that, it doesnt work.

My favorite MPDG is Natalie Portman from "Garden State", she felt like the most damaged and there was a reason she was attracted to Zach Braff and needed him.

anyone still lost on the video just go here
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8:37AM on 07/26/2012
Basically this means men fantasize about attractive women with the IQ of a 12 year old. I always thought Natalie Portman's character in Garden State was borderline retarded.
Basically this means men fantasize about attractive women with the IQ of a 12 year old. I always thought Natalie Portman's character in Garden State was borderline retarded.
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6:50AM on 07/26/2012
I'm not understanding what a Manic Pixie Dreamgirl is exactly. Is it a ditsy character? Or is it a character that's always cool with whatever the male character does?.. See I'm totally lost.
I'm not understanding what a Manic Pixie Dreamgirl is exactly. Is it a ditsy character? Or is it a character that's always cool with whatever the male character does?.. See I'm totally lost.
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1:47PM on 07/26/2012
Well, I think the character is a wide-eyed, idealistic, whimsical girl who pretty much sees the world as a wonderful place, and hopes to show the uptight guy in her life this point of view.
Well, I think the character is a wide-eyed, idealistic, whimsical girl who pretty much sees the world as a wonderful place, and hopes to show the uptight guy in her life this point of view.
3:42PM on 07/26/2012
hmmm... that helps a little
hmmm... that helps a little
2:45AM on 07/26/2012
What a magnificent supercut - the appeal of this archetype laid bare in four wonderful minutes. I'm in the camp that thinks that manic pixie dream girls are all the better if they don't try too hard to come off that way.
What a magnificent supercut - the appeal of this archetype laid bare in four wonderful minutes. I'm in the camp that thinks that manic pixie dream girls are all the better if they don't try too hard to come off that way.
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