The Late Movies: Defenestration

Ransom Riggs

DEFENESTRATION: the act of throwing someone or something out a window. It's an incredibly specific word for an act which has figured large in cinematic history. Tonight, we'll be looking at a variety of defenestrations, both fictional and real. Let's start off with an amazing supercut of defenestrations by Everything is Terrible editor Defenestrator III. I asked him via email what was up with all the window-breaking, and this was his reply:

"Well, you know, the window is like the portal into the viewer's brain, and by breaking it, you are literally blowing their mind. Also it looks really fucking cool."


DEFENESTRATION THE MOVIE from Everything Is Terrible! on Vimeo.

One of the more famous fictional self-defenestrations was from this early-80s anti-drug movie, Desperate Lives, starring a young Helen Hunt.

This poor waitress ... you couldn't stage this if you tried.

When this woman, who might really be on angel dust, a la Helen Hunt, is denied McNuggets at an Ohio McDonald's, she goes defenestratingly nuts. Now, in the immortal words of Wesley Willis, she's doing time in jail.

Sometimes, defenestration is harder than you think it'll be.