5 - Airport traffic, long corridors, crowds, and security are no match for true love.
The airport chase is a classic RomCom trope. He almost let her get away before realizing he could never live with himself if he didn’t tell her. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to catch up to and find a person in a crowded airport.
4- She's endearingly clumsy.
Sure she’s gorgeous, funny, successful, but don’t worry. She’s so clumsy! She’s not intimidating because she has cream cheese on her face or she always drops things or she can never find her sunglasses. And, leading men, you get to catch her every time she trips. There is a variation of this trope where the leading man is the clumsy one. See: Ben Stiller.
3 - The classic meet cute.
They both reach for the same pair of gloves. Their eyes meet. The rest is 98 minutes of mishap, misunderstanding, and love. This can also be accomplished by spilling a drink on someone, literally bumping into one another, or any scenario that involves the clumsiness of the female lead.
2 - The city is like another character.
Many RomComs involve a specific place. The characters move through their misadventures and misunderstandings around the landmarks of a great city.
1 - So many details can be glossed over with a great montage.
Is there a makeover? Cue girls shopping, laughing, tossing clothes out of dressing rooms, chairs spinning in hair salon to reveal the new look montage. Did the couple fall in love in one whirlwind day? Cue the ice skating, laughing over chili dogs, snowball fight, catching a baseball game, running out of the rain montage.
For all their cliches and tired tropes, we still love a good romantic comedy. It’s OK that none of it mirrors real life. It’s escapism at it’s best.