All we’ll do is both sit, stuck - two lives in our heads, cursed worse than ever. Two lives forever at odds. Double the pain; double the suffering.
I CAN’T EVEN PUT MY HAIR IN A FUCKING BUN
Inspired by every student whose told they can’t be an artist because it doesn’t “make enough money”.
The MPDG was coined in reference to Natalie Portman’s character in Garden State, which came out around the same time as Eternal Sunshine.
Eternal Sunshine’s a fairly popular film but not only couldn’t it actually nip the MPDG trope in the bud, but in a way Clementine became an unwitting one - how many hipster assholes have claimed she would be their “perfect girl”? Like they ignored the fact that she didn’t want to be That Person and was often an unpleasant person to be around. But she’s spontaneous and dyes her hair and that’s good enough for them.
The same people probably saw a lot of themselves in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character in 500 Days of Summer - but failed to learn the lesson it tried to teach them about being the type of person he was.
Had to shut down a bitch in my writing class for writing a Nice Guy(TM) who only saw the girl as a prize. She wasn’t even MPDG (although it looked like that’s what he was going for) because all of his characters were flat.
I love this movie and 500 Days of Summer because they’re interesting and different, but yeah, I agree that Clementine ended up being a (for lack of a better term) watered-down type MPDG?
I don’t think she was an MPDG at all - I just think there’s a faction of people who didn’t notice. If she had really followed this trope, the movie wouldn’t really exist - their defining element is that they have no personality or will of their own beyond being a quirky person who shows the Mopey Hero “how to live life”. She does have the quirky, spontaneous element to her, but Jim Carrey’s character doesn’t Become Happy by being with her - they fell into a pattern of passive-aggression, hostility, infidelity, and resentment that they couldn’t really escape because of some pretty bad co-dependency. That’s not to say they didn’t really love each other - maybe they did - but they were such conflicting personalities to the point that all they did was make each other miserable.
When Joel finally realizes he doesn’t want to erase her from his memory, it’s not necessarily because he realizes they really were meant to be - it’s because even if they made each other miserable, there were still truly happy memories that were integral to his person that may have been worth all the trouble of going through such a relationship.
There was a draft of the screenplay that had an element I wish they’d kept in the movie - it might’ve driven home the point that the relationship had its highlights but ultimately they shouldn’t really be together - which was that Joel and Clementine kept erasing each other over and over, coming together in a futile attempt to reignite their love and make it last. They hint at it in the existing movie - when she says he’ll find stuff he hates about her, and vice versa, and he says “Okay”. It might actually be better that they don’t explain that they’re about to get locked in this cycle of falling in love, falling out of love, erasing each other, rinse, repeat, because it doesn’t overexplain their fate and talks to the audience like they’re intelligent. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t think about the implications, and when Joel says “Okay”, they go “awww twue wuv”.
So…eh. Basically peeps be watching Charlie Kaufman at his razzly-dazzliest and they aren’t walking away with the important stuff. It’s nothing new, and in some ways you can’t blame them, because the ol’ boy is mind-expander of the highest quality and there’s a lot to wrap your mind around with his material. But still, Clementine’s complicated personality and all the attractive and unattractive elements that come with it are put pretty much out front, and any man thinking they’re gonna get in some cardigan-clad fairytale ending with such a person is in for a rude awakening when they meet a real woman who’s just as complicated. Or maybe who’s less complicated, but still has desires and a life beyond getting them to lighten up a bit.
"My name is Madame Natasha. But you can call me the Black Widow!"
I just want someone to come over on my week off and watch Secret Diaries of a Call Girl with me and I’m not sure if that’s weird
The bitchface triumvirate never stops bitchfacing or tirumvirating.
Bitchfaces gonna Triumvirate.