I stay away from the evening dinner date because it’s so intense and formal and becomes a bit like an interview.
Make way for a calamitous journey as Cal tries his best to impress the ladies with a newfound sense of style and witty one-liners.
It's a long-standing trope, but the term was coined in 2007 by film critic Nathan Rabin, who found it grating, as he believed it to be the result of Wish Fulfillment from stir-crazy writers.
He explicitly compared it to the Magical Negro, in that a Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists to help the protagonist achieve happiness without ever seeking any independent goals herself.
I’ve heard from so many men and women who go and dates and literally have conversations about how lonely they find being single, or how boring their career is. It’s very hard for anyone to find you attractive if this is the way you talk about your life to other people.
Down and out, forty-something Cal Weaver’s (The Office star Steve Carell) ‘perfect’ life takes a turn for the worse when his wife of 25 years, Emily, (Julianne Moore) decides to leave home, claiming she’s having a mid-life crisis.