Obvious Child and the death of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Hey Zooey Deschanel: your time is up.*
Or rather, it is my fervent hope that the era of the manic pixie dream girl is coming to a close.
Which is not to say that the MPDG wasn’t a stepping stone in the humanizing of the female archetype in Hollywood. Basically, in old Hollywood, some women were crazy and damaged; other women were caretakers. Then came the MPDGs: crazy, and damaged, but also charming, and there to take care of you in ways you didn’t know you needed, a little like a rolfer.