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Exclusive Supercut: 75 Years of Manic Pixie Dream Girls

Ruby Sparks, out tomorrow, marks the latest riff on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl archetype (see also: “The Katie Willert Video Experience“). As its writer/star Zoe Kazan told The New York Times, the film is a reaction to cinema’s disappointingly limited female leads, or characters she calls “one shade away from being true.” Like (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb, Kazan has made it clear in interviews that Ruby Sparks is not about a MPDG, but rather the fallout of this fantastical ideal. Just how far removed from reality is the MPDG? Check out our supercut below for an (abridged) history of the characters that have come to define the term film critic Nathan Rabin famously coined in 2007. But bear in mind, there are lots of bubbles, giggles, and googly eyes, not to mention some awesomely atrocious dance moves by a young Jeff Daniels.

CREDITS
edited by MICHELLE RAFFERTY
music by OLIVER
featuring (in order of appearance):
NATALIE PORTMAN – Garden State
DIANE KEATON – Annie Hall
CHARLIZE THERON – Sweet November
JENNIFER ANISTON – Along Came Polly
BARBRA STREISAND – What’s Up, Doc?
JULIE ANDREWS – The Sound of Music
ZOOEY DESCHANEL – Yes Man
DARYL HANNAH – Splash
MEG RYAN – Joe Versus the Volcano
JULIETTE LEWIS – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
SARAH JESSICA PARKER – L.A. Story
KIRSTEN DUNST – Elizabethtown
PENELOPE CRUZ – Vanilla Sky
KATHARINE HEPBURN – Bringing Up Baby
GEENA DAVIS – The Accidental Tourist
MILA KUNIS – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
LEIGH TAYLOR-YOUNG – I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
AUDREY HEPBURN – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
PAIGE O’HARA – Beauty and the Beast
MELANIE GRIFFITH – Something Wild
MARILYN MONROE – Some Like It Hot
KATE HUDSON – Almost Famous

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