Watching Frances Ha, it hit me: Greta Gerwig is the anti-Zooey. Both actresses are quirky, sweet, funny and attractive, but there’s a significant distinction. Deschanel has built a career as the poster chick for the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
The MPDG is critic Nathan Rabin’s influential term for bubbly cinematic creatures who exist to teach brooding young men to embrace life, stock characters lacking any discernible inner life, such as the one Deschanel played in (500) Days of Summer.... Read more
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