The Manic Pixie Dreamgirl debate continues on NPR, with a a short video discussion about this character type and Natalie is mentioned right at the start as “the quintessential MPDG”.
I generally like these kinds of characters, as long as the film is good, but recently I saw Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. It’s a well made film and is beloved by critics, but I found the main character, Poppy, absolutely intolerable for 95% of the time she was on screen. Never before have I wanted an army of ninjas to show up and slice and dice a character. If they did, her blood would probably be all the colours of the rainbow.