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The Luv Doc: Magic Pixie Dream Girl
It’s the classic dichotomy: Boat or anchor; gas or brakes, branches or roots …
"...that shit and I don’t like what I found. Manic Pixie Dream Girl? First of all, a manic is..."

July 20, 2012 Column

The Names of Love
This French romantic comedy is a gratifyingly grown-up kind of love story.
"...strong evidence the French have gotten into the so-called Manic Pixie Dream Girl market. (Then again, all those wide-eyed..."

Oct. 21, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Long Weekend
Downcast drunk meets manic pixie girl. Can true love prosper?
"...and mysteriously has broken her cell phone. She’s a manic pixie dream girl, with emphasis on the dream...."

March 19, 2021 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

Safety Not Guaranteed
Love and time travel commingle in this debut feature which stars Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass.
"...Darius' endless emotional pall. A sly variation on the "manic pixie dream girl," Plaza plays Darius opposite from the..."

June 15, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Austin's own Owen Egerton directs his first movie
"...most transparent in Thana, who remains an enigma, a manic-depressive pixie girl into whom Applegate can only layer so..."

Sept. 30, 2016 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
Anime adaptation of bittersweet romance adds a little honeyed soap
"...Seiko Tanabe’s 1984 short story could have fallen into manic pixie dream girl tropes amplified by the narrative of..."

July 9, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Yourself and Yours
Korean master Hong Sang-soo's understated dissection of how men only see women as they want
"...Hong’s film. Min-jung attracts men because she is borderline manic pixie dream girl. She floats through Yourself and Yours..."

June 26, 2020 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

Extraordinary Korean drama adds emotion to the thriller equation
"...should have been wary of all along? Seemingly the manic pixie perfect dream girl type, when she disappears there..."

Nov. 9, 2018 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

Ready Player One
Video gaming and Eighties culture get the Spielberg treatment
"...cooler-than-thou revolutionary Art3mis. In the book, she's basically a manic pixie gamer Princess Peach, but here Cooke embodies the..."

March 30, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
This indie hit is sweet and funny
"...a white lead’s epiphany: the Magical Negro and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. But I think that misses the..."

June 26, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

A genre-tinged story about a love affair abroad keeps us guessing
"...for Hilker, the burden falls to infusing a potential manic pixie dream girl with equal volatility and vulnerability. Both..."

March 20, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

Good Eye: Tales From the Quirky Box
More side-eye examination of "quirky" female film roles
"...what might otherwise be seen as originality to a manic-pixie stereotype...."

Feb. 27, 2015 Column by Amy Gentry

How to Paper a Powder Room
New books for when you've got a little time on your hands
"...ones having the most fun." Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by..."

Dec. 4, 2009 Books Feature by Kimberley Jones

UT Theatre & Dance's 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs)
In a work more poetry than story, playwright Caridad Svich has drowned Ophelia resurface, freed from Hamlet's shadow
"...the stick in Shakespeare's grand tragedy. Arguably the original manic pixie dream girl, Ophelia goes mad after Hamlet's betrayal..."

Oct. 11, 2019 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

Zach Theatre's Heisenberg
In Simon Stephens' play, we observe the unlikely pairing of two people as an experiment in risk and change
"...and authenticity; her Georgie seems almost like a reformed "manic pixie dream girl" with whom life has had its..."

July 6, 2018 Arts Review by Shanon Weaver

I Like to Watch: Roadies
Showtime series becomes a summer favorite
"...ago, and we've all learned a lot about the Manic Pixie since then...."

Sept. 2, 2016 Screens Column by Jacob Clifton

I Like to Watch
Finding the heart in Syfy's The Magicians
" Nick Hornby and Cameron Crowe, he imagines the Manic Pixie into the eternal sunshine and then cruelly denies..."

April 8, 2016 Screens Post by Jacob Clifton

SXSW Film Review: Before the Sun Explodes
A weird and crazy night in West Hollywood
"...Explodes is lodged in one such uncertain territory: between “manic pixie dream girl” romantic comedy and stalker thriller...."

March 15, 2016 Screens Post by Michael Agresta

Chronicle Recommends: Films of Love
Romance is in the air in this month's movie picks
"...for successful cougaring. 74-year-old Ruth Gordon plays a 79-year-old manic pixie dream girl to a baby-faced, 20-ish, death-obsessed Bud..."

Feb. 15, 2016 Screens Post by Chronicle Film Staff

DVDanger: The Harvest
Is it finally the Henry successor we wanted?
"...packaging. She's two inches away from being a teen manic pixie girl, while Andy is so fragile that his..."

Sept. 18, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

In Real Life: Cory Doctorow
Wearing goggles or not, he's in town for the Texas Teen Book Festival
"...Good is the best rebuttal – to that whole manic pixie dream girl thing – that you’re ever likely..."

Oct. 15, 2014 Books Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

DVDanger: Identity Crisis
The Double, Filth, and Moebius melt minds
"...crumple-suited Gatsby, and Mia Wasikowska plays her as the anti-manic pixie dream girl. Her casting seems part of a..."

Aug. 30, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Wrapped in Plastic
'Once You Leave' web series
"...imaginary Central Texas, encountering Zen ranchers and a particularly manic pixie dream girl along the way. But when Kayla..."

Sept. 28, 2012 Screens Feature by Brandon Watson

Down By Law
Criterion releases Jim Jarmusch's jailbird gem on Blu-ray.
"...also on the jury that year was the Italian manic-pixie-nightmare boy Roberto Benigni. As Jarmusch tells it, they bonded..."

July 20, 2012 Screens Review by Marc Savlov

SXSW Thursday Picks & Sleepers
Thursday blurbs slim down from the Wednesday bloat
"...Clive Bar Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, is the ultimate manic pixie, producing art and music with odd but entrancing..."

March 16, 2012 Music Feature

Broken Bells
"...kind of boring. Secondly, Mercer's voice, perfectly appealing to Manic Pixie Dream Girls, doesn't hold up to the juggernaut..."

March 19, 2010 Music Review by Melanie Haupt

DVDanger: Follow
Owen Egerton on VOD, plus Antibirth
"...most transparent in Thana, who remains an enigma, a manic depressive pixie girl into whom Applegate can only layer..."

Aug. 27, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Cult Film Corner
Burying the Ex and Patch Town
"...behind her. She could have played Olivia as a manic goth pixie girl, but she and Yeltsin have the..."

Aug. 18, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Kids These Days
Growing up on 'Looking' and 'Girls'
"...– if not always coherent – dive into the manic, punishing psyche of young creatives. (May we forever look..."

Jan. 18, 2014 Screens Post by Aleksander Chan

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