Cameron Crowe Defends ‘Almost Famous’ Against Claims Penny Lane Is ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’

Cameron Crowe Defends ‘Almost Famous’ Against Claims Penny Lane Is ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’
Cameron Crowe’s 2000 comedy-drama “Almost Famous” is one of the most beloved coming-of-age films ever made, but that doesn’t mean it has gone unscathed over the last 19 years. Contemporary film critics often cite Kate Hudson’s groupie Penny Lane as a glaring example of the problematic “manic pixie dream girl” trope, which applies to female characters who are constructed not as self-defined individuals but as vessels to teach their male love interests to learn to embrace life. As writer-director Crowe adapts “Almost Famous” into a stage musical, he’s defending Penny Lane against manic pixie dream girl accusations.

“I don’t think she’s like a cipher, I never did,” Crowe told The Los Angeles Times reporter Ashley Lee. “She was never a manic pixie dream girl to me. She’s based on a real person who is definitely not a manic pixie dream girl, in the best way.
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