Navel-Gazing: Is Jack Dawson a Manic Pixie Dream Boy?
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Allison: Titanic came out when I was seventeen, so I may have been too much of a swooning ninny to realize the psychosexual implications of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jack Dawson. But as an older teenager who was itching to burst out from under my parents’ thumbs, Jack was just the ultimate. He came into Kate Winslet’s life, liberated her from an existence full of corsets and drinking tea, and Made Her a Woman. If the sexes were reversed and he was the female character, he’d definitely be considered a MPDG. Amy: The question is: Is he a MPDB because girls like you and me left the movie fantasizing about quirky, unemployed artists saving us from curfews and not being allowed to wear spaghetti straps?