Zachary Levi & Kate McKinnon’s ‘Falling for You’ takes on the clumsy rom-com chick trope

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11.07.13 15 Comments


Here’s Zachary Levi and SNL’s Kate McKinnon starring in Falling for You, a new fake trailer that takes on one of the oldest, weirdest rom-com tropes in the book, the phenomenon whereby screenwriters think that in order to make the super-pretty female lead relatable, they have to show her being a clumsy doofus. The question I have is, does the clumsy rom-com chick trope actually work, or is it all just based on a weird sexist assumption?

Because if you flip it around, you get the screenwriters of a James Bond movie sitting around going, “Hmmm, so you’re telling me this guy’s handsome, super charming, a secret agent, and drives a car that shoots rockets? I’m worried regular dudes are just going to hate this guy unless we show him accidentally shitting his pants two or three times.”


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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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