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manic pixie dream girl

In film and literature, a female character, depicted as a cute, quirky free spirit, who is used solely to be the love interest of and further the personal growth of the (often disillusioned or depressed) male protagonist, rather than being a fully realized character. Film critic Nathan Rabin first used the term in 2007 to describe Kirsten Dunst's character in the film Elizabethtown. It is sometimes abbreviated as MPDG. Natalie Portman's character in Garden State is often considered a manic pixie dream girl.
See also: dream, girl, manic, pixie

manic pixie dream boy

In film and literature, a male character who is depicted as a cute, quirky free spirit, and who is used solely or primarily to be the love interest of and further the personal growth of the (often disillusioned or depressed) female protagonist, rather than being a fully realized character. The term is an adaptation of "manic pixie dream girl," first used by film critic Nathan Rabin in 2007. I don't know if I agree with the assertion that Augustus Waters is a manic pixie dream boy.
See also: boy, dream, manic, pixie

manic pixie dream guy

In film and literature, a male character who is depicted as a cute, quirky free spirit, and who is used solely or primarily to be the love interest of and further the personal growth of the (often disillusioned or depressed) female protagonist, rather than being a fully realized character. The term is an adaptation of "manic pixie dream girl," first used by film critic Nathan Rabin in 2007. I don't know if I agree with the assertion that Augustus Waters is a manic pixie dream guy.
See also: dream, guy, manic, pixie
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An occasional photo of pixyish young London in an Open Theater production, a TV clip of his "House Calls" turn as a garrulous cabby, and short chats with life-partner Tim Healey and playwright Lanford Wilson cursorily testify to the brilliance of London's early career.
Film's pixyish heroine, Lisa (Cristina Umana), obsessed with her mother's lover Hache (Gustavo Angarita), moves heaven and earth to possess him, her intransigent will and total disregard for consequences as terrifying as they are seductive.
And in the second act, the actor delivers a double coup: His jaunty crowdpleasing "I Can Get Away With Anything"--sung with gusto while a real-life rodent all but scurries into his mouth--follows a beautifully acted seduction scene with Marian in which Crawford's pixyish visage imperceptibly hardens, to suit the plot.
In both of the latter, American athletes managed to shine brightly, with Michael Phelps developing into a poised TV presence and a gracious winner, and pixyish Carly Patterson staging a comeback from a couple of fluffed somersaults.
But the thesp's pixyish looks and quizzical gaze ultimately prove a snug fit for the bizarre character, bringing a degree of pathos to her desperate killing spree.
While fun-loving Nathalie is interested in boys, brooding pixyish Louise has eyes only for her bosom buddy.