Have you ever noticed that there’s two kinds of movie couples? There’s hot couples with the smoldering chemistry that look like they’re just meant to be, and then there are couples that just look ridiculous together
Sometimes it’s due to the casting of two big names to sell at the box office, regardless of if there’s any chemistry between them. Sometimes it’s due to an actor and actress being deliberately mismatched in order to defy expectations. Either way, some couples push suspension of disbelief a little too far and just don’t work.
Here are the 12 Most Unrealistic Movie Couples Of All Time.
12. Jay Baruchel and Alice Eve – She’s Out of my League (2010)
OK, so the very point of the movie is that it just wouldn’t work. She’s Alice Eve, one of the hottest women on the planet, and he’s Jay Baruchel… someone who probably has trouble dating even as a famous person. As a regular joe, he’s got no hope.
If he were to try to romance her, it’d be a big enough leap. As it is, it’s her that invites him on a date despite his obvious geekiness and social anxiety. Now, while I’d like to think there’s a girl out there that looks like that can see the “nice guy” inside, a million guy’s life experiences suggest this might be a fantasy.
11. Mira Sorvino and Woody Allen – Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Lenny is (Woody Allen) a sportswriter looking to find the biological mother of his adopted child, who is clearly gifted. When he meets Linda (Mira Sorvino) he’s shocked to discover she’s a ditzy prostitute and porn star with dreams of making it as an actress.
He “hires” her for the evening, but doesn’t want to sleep with her. Rather he tries to help her live what he considers to be a more “wholesome” life. Later, he sets her up with a more “respectable” man. Eventually, they do have a tryst, which, unbeknownst to Lenny, results in Linda bearing him a child.
The movie is well-regarded and beautifully made, but it has one key problem. Had Woody Allen made it a decade or two sooner, his shy and slightly neurotic persona would have seemed charming and his relationship with the ditzy, if slightly crude, Linda would have seemed believable. As it is, he comes off as more of a crotchety old man with far less charm than he once had. It stretches the audience just a little too much to believe that Linda would wind up sleeping with him.
10. Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman – Bewitched (2005)
A movie couple so bad they even won a Golden Raspberry for Worst On-Screen Couple. Which is not to say that either of them put in a bad performance. Will Ferrell is his usual brawny, take no prisoners, comedic powerhouse. Nicole Kidman is a quintessential actress. Each comes at the source material from very different places and never quite meet in the middle. While there’s not the “Why is she with THAT guy?” incredulity of some others on this list, they don’t have any chemistry.
Their lack of chemistry is simple to explain: they each come to the screen as fully-formed characters. Neither has any room to grow and develop, and therefore they never really grow closer. Sure, Jack (Ferrell) becomes slightly more likable after meeting Isabel (Kidman) and Isabel learns that magic isn’t always fair, but their narratives are self-contained and they feel like they’re in two separate movies that simply overlap.
9. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone – Superbad (2007)
Just to be clear, Superbad is an awesome movie. It’s a foul-mouthed love letter to being an awkward teenager and there’s not one thing wrong with that.
The weak point is that Jonah Hill’s Seth and Emma Stone’s Jules are beyond unrealistic. Sure, it’s a comedy where teenage boys hang out with slacker cops that blow up their own squad car, so it’s not shooting for realism, but it’s stretching the audience a little too much to think that Jules is ever going to end up with a guy like Seth.
Seth believes that if he can get his hands on enough booze, the insanely hot and popular Jules will at least let him get to third base. If he can get her drunk enough. It’s a creepy premise when put like that, but the movie handles it well enough that you don’t think it at the time.
Truthfully, Seth should have arrived with the alcohol and been blown off by Jules. It would have made his journey more authentic and he’d have learned a great deal more about friendship. In the end, he learns that even when you’ve been a total tool, your best friend will forgive you and you’ll get the girl.
8. Adam Sandler and Jessica Biel – I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry (2007)
In a movie that features a fake marriage between Adam Sandler and Kevin James, it’s actually the Sandler/Biel relationship that’s less believable.
In a terminally unfunny movie that manages to make one “joke” last the entire runtime and mishandle just about every character and situation, it’s easy to forget the romantic subplot of Sandler and Biel altogether. Initially thinking that Chuck and Larry are gay (They marry in Canada to instigate a life insurance fraud) Alex enjoys the company of the two men and has close ties to New York’s gay community, inviting them along to several social events.
Chuck and Alex eventually grow close enough that Chuck is honest about his sexuality, but the two do not get closer due to Alex being his lawyer and him living with Larry to continue his deception.
By the end of the movie, the lies are out in the open and Chuck and Alex become a couple, but the relationship never feels as authentic as the fake one between the two men. It’s perhaps overshadowed by the real-life friendship between Adam Sandler and Kevin James, which made their interactions seem so much more authentic than the static relationship between Sandler and Biel.
7. Jennifer Aniston and John C. Reilly – The Good Girl (2002)
The Good Girl is another great movie that has the misfortune of a bad casting decision. Here, it’s Jennifer Aniston and John C. Reilly that just don’t work on any level.
Yes, the story focuses on Justine (Jennifer Aniston) being in an unhappy marriage, and her subsequent affair with Holden (Jake Gyllenhaal), but to put her in a relationship with Phil (Reilly) is a stretch to begin with.
What’s even less believable is that (SPOILERS) by the movie’s end, she’s back with Phil. Even after cheating on him and having a child she suspects may be Holden’s, they appear to be blissfully happy despite her boredom and frustration at the beginning of the story.
6. Kate Winslet and Jack Black – The Holiday (2006)
The Holiday is a simple romantic comedy that relies on its cast to deliver the most love-centric movie since Love Actually. The pairing of Jude Law and Cameron Diaz is so perfect you have to wonder why in the decade since, that they haven’t been paired together again.
However, it’s Kate Winslet and Jack Black that fall flat. Winslet had mainly worked on period movies at that time and wasn’t used to comedy. Her performance is surprisingly good, having done some serious research into classic comedies to study timing and delivery. Jack Black eats up the comedy, but never looks at ease with the romantic side of things. His character, Miles, is initially dating another woman, but breaks up with her when he discovers she’s been cheating, feeling he cannot trust her again.
Bouncing from one relationship to another only really works in the movies, but even in this one, Miles seems lost when it comes to the women in his life. Jack Black’s Miles is adorable and very sweet, but given his chronic lack of appeal it’s hard to see why Kate Winslet’s Iris would fall for him in such a short space of time.
5. Queen Latifah and Eugene Levy – Bringing Down the House (2003)
Despite the main focus of the movie being the mismatched friendship between uptight Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) and Over-the-top convict Charlene Morton (Queen Latifah), it’s the romantic subplot between Charlene and Howie (Eugene Levy) that earns the movie a place on this list.
While it’s fair to say that Eugene Levy is a hilarious actor with great comic timing, he’s not a romantic actor. Having him as a stumbling, clumsy, widower trying to date again worked ok in the last American Pie movie. In this movie he’s cast an over-sexed ladies’ man who falls head over heels. Despite Queen Latifah’s charm, the pairing looks ridiculous from the outset and never really looks possible.
4. Kevin James and Amber Valletta – Hitch (2005)
The plot of Hitch revolves around a self-styled “Date Doctor” (Will Smith) who teaches guys how to talk to women and eventually romance them. One such client, Albert (Kevin James) is attracted to the insanely gorgeous celebrity Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta) whom he knows via his employment as an investment broker.
The two begin a romance that’s cut short when she realizes Albert has been using the methods taught to him by Hitch. Eventually she gives him another shot, they reconcile and marry… which is kinda the problem. Despite becoming more self-assured and charming, he’s still Kevin James. It’s one thing to think she’d go on a date with him, it’s another to think that a woman so beautiful and rich is going to continue dating him past him taking off his shirt.
3. Jon Favreau and Sofia Vergara – Chef
OK, so Chef is actually a pretty good movie. It’s feel-good if not innovative, but the casting of Sofia Vergara as Jon Favreau’s ex-wife Inez causes some problems. Casting a well-known female actor who can play Cuban (She’s actually Colombian) might be difficult, but expecting audiences to believe that Carl (Favreau) could win her heart not once, but twice, is a little far-fetched.
The lack of character development is a key reason they don’t work. There’s little reason given for why they worked the first time, then ultimately didn’t. There’s no real reason why they would get back together, either. There’s decent enough chemistry, but that’s not enough here. While the movie’s theme that “relationships are like food, a hands-on approach is best” is sweet, the relationship it uses to sell the point is unconvincing.
2. Courteney Cox and Jim Carrey – Ace Ventura (1994)
Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is a “Pet Detective,” a private investigator that takes on cases of lost animals and such. When the Miami Dolphin’s mascot is stolen he’s hired by Melissa (Courteney Cox), an employee of The Dolphins, to track it down.
Over the course of the movie, Ace and Melissa fall in love as she’s amused by his crazy antics. But that’s all it is, he doesn’t open up and show a deeper side, he’s just a buffoon. There’s no deeper connection, which even a low-brow movie like this could have managed, it’s just amusement at his zany antics.
1. Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen – Knocked Up (2007)
The premise of this movie is that she’s hot and he’s not. They hook up after a drunken evening and never expect to see each other again, only to be thrown into each other’s lives when Alison (Katherine Heigl) falls pregnant with Ben’s (Seth Rogen) baby.
They attempt a relationship, but his slacker lifestyle is in contrast to her career-focused personality and it fails quickly. After a road trip to Vegas and some hallucinogens, Ben decides to take responsibility for his life and gets a steady job and matures a little.
While it’s believable that Ben could become a decent father, at no point do the couple ever really have any chemistry, and it’s unlikely that there’s any staying power in the relationship after the credits roll.
So, got any other romantic parings that stretch your suspension of disbelief just a little too much? Let us know in the comments below!
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