Navel-Gazing: Is Jack Dawson a Manic Pixie Dream Boy?
Allison: Well, my parents actually had very few rules and little-to-no discipline, so my rebellion was somewhat misdirected. But the entire point of his character is that he shows up and saves Kate Winslet—literally and metaphorically. He opens her up to independence and new experiences, which is what enables her to go have this ass-kicking life. That’s classic MPDB. Amy: Plus he has that whole unstructured, free-spirit, kinda-weird thing going for him, which seems to be a tenet of Manic Pixie Dream Girls. I mean, he was friends with a one-legged French prostitute simply because she had beautiful hands. Replace “prostitute” with “bunny” and I feel like that could apply to any character that Zooey Deschanel has played.