Most of the time we look at romantic comedy ladies with a sense of wistfulness and envy.
After all, they always have beautifully decorated apartments, bouncy hair that defies the laws of motion and a slew of handsome, available guys that seemingly sprout from the ground like weeds on an over-watered front lawn.
But recently I’ve also started to feel deeply sorry for this special breed of leading ladies, because every time they pop up on screen they immediately lose all control over their formerly perfectly functioning legs and fall to the floor faster than Amy Schumer encountering Kimye on the red carpet.
I couldn’t help but wonder, what was causing this special kind of paralysis? And don’t even try to blame it on their impractical footwear, because most of these falls cannot be traced back to an innocent pair of high heels.
Listen to Laura Brodnik and Amy Cooper explain the crazy reason why TV women can’t stop falling over while recapping The Wrong Girl finale.
In the Twilight films, Bella Swan faces off against immortal beings with super strength, yet cannot make the perilous journey from her front door to her car without falling over her own feet.
Drew Barrymore enters the high school in Never Been Kissed and immediately tumbles to the ground like she’s been taken out by a rogue sniper, despite the fact there are literally no obstacles in her path.
Laney Boggs of She’s All That lives through not one but TWO epic falls during her time on screen, just in case you missed the first one and need to be slapped in the face with it again.
Claire Dane’s character in the classic Christmas rom-com, The Family Stone, is a seasoned New Yorker who regularly travels to far off, exotic locations. Yet when we are first introduced to her she is foiled by a simple set of bus steps.
In Raising Helen we regularly see Kate Hudson’s character sprinting through the city or carving it up on the dance floor in footwear so unstable and spindly it looks like she’s wrapped her feet up in rotting spider webs.
Yet, it is not until Helen is exchanging cute banter with the handsome John Corbett that she grows tired of harnessing basic motor skills and plummets to the floor. All because those pesky things known as “legs” got in her way.
At first I thought the reason behind all these unexplained falls was a secret sub-plot that threaded through every rom-com in existence, where a forgotten sidekick secretly releases undetectable nerve gas into the air and renders our heroines legless (side note: Dear Hollywood, please make this movie).