It’s never easy to break up with a boyfriend, but it’s even worse when he turns out to be crazy. In the new film The Perfect Guy, Carter (Michael Ealy) seems to be, you guessed it, the perfect new guy for Leah (played by Sanaa Lathan). That is, until Leah sees Carter beat up a guy for asking to take a photo of his car. That’s definitely a red flag for a new relationship, so Leah breaks it off with him, and according to the the film’s trailer, Carter doesn’t appear to take this rejection very well – unless you think it’s perfectly fine to hide under your ex-girlfriend’s bed to spy on her.
Carter is in a long line of movie boyfriends who do not handle rejection well. None of these boyfriends were very appealing to begin with, but their over-the-top reactions to getting dumped put them in a category all their own. Here is Screen Rant’s list of 10 Worst Movie Boyfriends Who Went Crazy After a Breakup.
Charlie in Straw Dogs (1971 & 2011)
In both the 1971 and 2011 versions of Straw Dogs, the character Charlie (Del Henney in the original; Alexander Skårsgard in the remake) is a nightmare ex-boyfriend who never gets over being dumped. As the film opens, the young couple Amy and David (Susan George and Dustin Hoffman in the original; Kate Bosworth and James Marsden in the remake) move into a fixer upper in Amy’s small hometown. They soon run into Charlie, Amy’s ex-boyfriend from high school, who they hire to handle some repair work that needs to be done on their new home. While hiring your ex-boyfriend to do work on your new home with your new husband is a never really a good idea, no one could have predicted the destruction and violence that would take place in this film.
Both Charlie and his buddies take an immediate disliking to David, who they perceive as an unwelcome outsider who has taken something – Amy – that belongs to them. In a series of escalating and deeply disturbing events, Charlie wages a campaign to destroy any chance Amy and David have for happiness.
Hardy Jenns in Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
There are a lot of jerk boyfriends who lash out after being dumped by their girlfriends in 1980’s films. Johnny in The Karate Kid and Stan in Revenge of the Nerds to name just a few. But Hardy Jenns in Some Kind of Wonderful tops them all in the jerk department. In the 1987 teen classic, popular girl Amanda (Lea Thompson) has already broken up with the equally popular Hardy (Craig Sheffer) as the film begins, but when the socially awkward Keith (Eric Stoltz) gets a date with Amanda, Hardy just can’t take it. Hardy doesn’t like losing control of Amanda’s social life and warns Keith in the most obnoxious “I recommend you keep your eyes and your mind off my property” kind of way.
Hardy plots to have Keith beaten up by his posse (Hardy is much too busy hosting a party for these trivial matters) and delights in humiliating Amanda in the process. Hardy is exactly the guy you want your daughter to stay away from in high school and his downfall in Some Kind of Wonderful is truly a delight to behold.
J.D. in Heathers (1988)
J.D. (Christian Slater) is the classic seductive bad boy in the high school cult classic Heathers. When Veronica (Winona Ryder) is accepted by and then rejects the popular girls who rule her high school, she finds herself in the cross-hairs of all three mean girls, all named Heather. Veronica finds comfort in the arms of the dark and charming J.D., who wants nothing to do with the popular kids at school. J.D. is in fact a sociopath, who wants to kill all of the popular kids at Westerberg High School with the help of an explosive device.
When Veronica finally realizes that J.D. is using her to assist him in his homicidal plans, she breaks up with him. She may have been a bit too late to see J.D. for who he really was, but she was smart enough to know he wouldn’t take rejection very well. Veronica brilliantly fakes her own suicide in her bedroom to throw off J.D., who comes to kill her shortly after the breakup. It’s possible J.D. would have tried to blow up the school no matter what Veronica did in Heathers, but a boyfriend who tries to shoot you after a breakup certainly deserves to be on this list.
Jim in Edward Scissorhands (1990)
In Tim Burton’s 1990 fantasy romance Edward Scissorhands, Johnny Depp plays a man-like creation who has large scissors for hands. When Edward’s creator passes away he goes to live with a suburban family. After initially being afraid of his unusual appearance, most of Edward’s new neighbors quickly warm to him, with the notable exception of Jim (Anthony Michael Hall).
Jim is the jerk boyfriend of Kim (Winona Ryder), the daughter of the family that adopted Edward as one of their own. Jim manipulates Edward into breaking into his own house to steal money from his parents and falsely accuses Edward of harming Kim after he sees that Kim is starting to accept and like Edward. Kim soon decides to part ways with Jim, which leads to more anger, rage, and violence until Jim and Edward have a deadly face off at the end of the film.
David McCall in Fear (1996)
Nothing can drive a young girl into the arms of a boy faster than problems with her parents. In the 1996 thriller Fear, Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) moves in with her father Steven (William Peterson) after having a falling out with her mother. But suburban life is boring so Nicole quickly finds herself in a relationship with the handsome and charming David McCall (played by Mark Wahlberg). Things go downhill quickly for the couple after David assaults one of Nicole’s friends (Todd Caldecott) and Nicole ends up with a black eye after trying to break up the fight.
Nicole calls it off with David but finds it hard to completely cut ties with him, in part out of rebellion, as her father never approved of David. In this case, father did know best, as David responds by conducting an escalating series of assaults on Nicole and everyone in her life, including the Walker family dog. You know you’re in trouble when a guy tattoos your name “4 Eva” on his chest after a breakup.
Caledon ‘Cal’ Hockley in Titanic (1997)
There’s not much to like about Cal Hockley (Billy Zane) in the epic blockbuster Titanic (1997). Cal and Rose (played by Kate Winslet) are engaged to each other, but the relationship is clearly being forced on Rose as a means to financially save her family. Cal is obnoxious, dismissive, controlling, smarmy, and the king of the backhanded compliment – not exactly a dream husband in the making.
On the luxurious Titanic, Rose finds love with Jack (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and makes it easy for Cal to find out about their budding relationship. While finding a nude portrait of your fiancé drawn by her new lover must have been a bit of a shock, Cal respoinds pretty poorly to the news that Rose would rather be Jack’s “whore” than his wife. Cal proceeds to frame Jack for theft, which gets him handcuffed right when the Titanic is starting to go down, and he later chases Rose and Cal throughout the ship trying to shoot them in the process.
James ‘Jimmy’ Angelov in Practical Magic (1998)
In the 1998 fantasy romance Practical Magic, there are two witches, Sally and Gillian (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman), the sweet, safe good guy, Gary (Aidan Quinn), and the dark and brooding bad boy Jimmy (Goran Visnjic). Jimmy has his charms, but his possessiveness soon turns to abuse and kidnapping. The sisters try and drug Jimmy to escape, but end up accidentally killing him. Surprisingly, Jimmy doesn’t take it very well when the witches revive him later and so they have to kill him again.
Jimmy ends up being a hard ex-boyfriend to escape, even in death. After the previously mentioned good guy, Gary, comes to town looking for Jimmy (who is not surprisingly wanted for another murder), the sisters must find a way to banish Jimmy’s spirit, which keeps attacking Gillian.
Bill in Kill Bill (2003 – 2004)
Bill (David Carradine) in Kill Bill isn’t exactly the boyfriend of Beatrix AKA The Bride (Uma Thurman). Uma worked for Bill and they for at least a short time were lovers. Since their work consisted of assassinating people there were probably not a lot of love notes or roses passed between Bill and Beatrix, but their relationship did result in a pregnancy.
When Beatrix finds out she is pregnant, she leaves Bill’s Deadly Viper Assassination Squad so she can give her child a better life. All Bill knows is that Beatrix has disappeared – and he doesn’t take it very well. Rather than saying goodbye and going his own peaceful way, Bill has everyone in her wedding party murdered, before he shoots Beatrix in the head, leaving her and her unborn child for dead. Unfortunately for Bill, she survives to reap her revenge.
Gideon Gordon Graves in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
It’s always difficult when your new girlfriend has baggage relating to her ex-boyfriends. But what about seven exes – and evil ones at that? In the 2010 fantasy comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must face the 7 Evil Exes of Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in order to win her heart.
The ring leader of The League of Evil Exes is Gideon Gordon Graves (Jason Schwartzman) who did not appreciate Ramona breaking up with him and moving to the cold hipster hinterlands of Toronto, Canada, home of Scott Pilgrim, Drake, and several Tim Hortons cafés. Gideon searches for the rest of Ramona’s exes and convinces them to also seek revenge on Ramona, thus creating the League, which Scott has to defeat by the end of the film.
Noah Sandborn in The Boy Next Door (2015)
In the 2015 thriller The Boy Next Door, Claire (played by Jennifer Lopez) has a one night stand with a much younger man after finding out that her husband has been cheating on her. Claire immediately regrets her affair with Noah (played by Ryan Guzman), who is not only her next door neighbor but also a student at the high school where she teaches. Claire tries to distance herself from Noah but he keeps inserting himself into Claire’s life, by hacking his way into her classroom and manipulating her son.
When Noah sees Claire having dinner with her husband, reunited and happy, he tries to blackmail Claire into continuing their relationship. He later attempts to cause a car accident to harm Claire’s husband and son. Noah and Claire’s violent confrontation that leads to kidnappings and deaths is about the worst case scenario imaginable for the end of any one night stand.
Sack Lodge from Wedding Crashers. How can you not love Bradley Cooper’s comically entertaining performance as a jerk who completely loses it after being left at the altar?
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