Love is all around us – and so Hollywood attempts to shoehorn it into every story going grow. Arguably the most prevalent movie theme going – likely due to its relatability – there have been countless love stories flashed across our screens. Whether it's rom-com style aspirational love that gives hope to the lonely and warms the hearts of those who have found their soulmates, or whether it’s the portrayal of a disastrous relationship that anyone who’s ever been in a disastrous relationship (i.e. everyone) can relate to.
Sometimes a romance adds to a story, and sometimes it feels like it’s been put there to placate the audience or pad things out – but it is true that no matter the genre, chances are that there’ll be a love interest somewhere along the way.
With that in mind, and with Valentine’s Day in our midst, Screen Rant has hunted down the 14 Weirdest Movie Romances Of All Time.
14 Beauty and The Beast (1991)
The story of Belle and the Beast is a tale as old as time – seriously, it’s based on a book that was published way back in 1740, La Belle et la Bête, by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve – but according to researchers, the story itself originated over 4,000 years ago. Whilst the 1991 Disney adaptation does change a few elements, the basic story is the same. A woman, Belle (Paige O'Hara), falls in love with a spoiled prince who has been turned into a horrific beast by a witch to whom he was cruel, who goes only by "Beast" (Robby Benson).
There are several reasons this story is weird. First of all, the only way to break the curse is for the beast to fall in love before he turns 21. He meets Belle ten years later – meaning he was eleven when the witch cursed him. An eleven-year-old was punished for not letting a strange old woman into his house in the middle of the night. Also, where are the guy’s parents?
And then there’s the fact that Belle falls in love with an abusive fur monster that took her father prisoner for no reason, then freed him only so he could imprison her instead, before continuing to scream in her face when she didn’t respond to his advances. The guy clearly has some serious game if he can come back from that.
13 Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Edward Scissorhands is one of the movies from Tim Burton’s golden era – and it was also the film that first paired him with Johnny Depp, sparking a life-long working relationship with the actor. It is the story of a twisted inventor (Vincent Price) who dies before he can finish his greatest creation – while, in real life, Price died before he could finish making the movie. He never got around to giving Edward, his version of Frankenstein’s monster, a set of hands. Of course in the meantime, he needed some placeholder hands – and of course the most logical thing to use was scissors. Not something helpful like gloves, or stick fingers. No. Scissors were clearly the best answer.
When the inventor dies, and Avon saleswoman Peg (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward living alone in the mansion on the hill, her kindness gets the better of her and she takes him in to her family home – where he falls in love with her daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder). Kim clearly has feelings for Edward, apparently overlooking the fact that he is pieced together from parts of corpses and has scissors for hands. Good for her!
12 King Kong (1933/2005)
Originally released in 1933, and then remade in 2005, King Kong tells the story of an enormous gorilla, to whom our leading lady is "sacrificed" when an ambitious filmmaker travels to the enigmatic Skull Island in order to capture the perfect scene for their film, along with leading lady Ann Darrow (Fay Wray/Naomi Watts).
And there, of course, our titular monster appears, falling in love with Ann and kidnapping her. After the crew rescues the helpless actress, they decide to take Kong back to New York and display him as a "wonder of the world." Triggered by the flashing bulbs of the cameras, Kong freaks out, and – evidently in an attempt to protect his love – picks up his favorite little blonde human and takes her to the top of the Empire State Building.
This weird romance is less about a human falling in love with a creature – and more to do with a giant monkey falling in love with an out of work actress.
11 Secretary (2002)
Two fully-fledged humans in this entry! Emotionally damaged Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has been recently released from a mental institution, where she had been sent after committing self-mutilation. In an attempt to adjust to the outside world, she goes to secretarial school in order to gain employment. She is subsequently hired by E. Edward Grey (James Spader), who ignores her lack of professionalism, and the fact that her test scores make her mildly overqualified, explaining that the work is dull.
It soon becomes apparent that Grey is aroused by Holloway’s submissive behavior, and the two embark on a BDSM affair. After declaring her love for him, he forces her to prove it by staying in one place without moving her hands or feet – which she does, for three days. After the show of remarkable submission, they get married and happily continue their dominant-submissive relationship.
10 Wall-E (2008)
WALL-E is yet another feather in Pixar's cap, receiving critical acclaim and affectionate fans worldwide. However, the infused romantic element in the story starts to look a little odd when you re-evaluate it.
WALL-E is an old-school robot, left on earth long after everyone else has gone to live on a space station in order to avoid the pollution mankind has left behind. Being the last functioning robot, WALL-E goes about his regular programmed business every single day, compacting junk into cubes. That is, until he finds a new plant – signalling that earth's soil is once again viable for sustainability. A sleek, white Apple-inspired robot EVE (Elissa Knight) then turns up, having been sent to find signs of life on earth to see if it is time for the humans to return. And the two robots fall in love. It’s adorable, and it’s hard not to feel empathic with the little robots – but they are, in fact, man-made machines. It would be like a laptop falling in love with a MacBook, if the computers had been given humanoid faces.
9 Warm Bodies (2013)
In what has been described as a zom-rom-com, R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie that falls in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer) in a post-apocalyptic future where much of the world’s population has become a horde of the undead. R, while lacking any memory of who he used to be or how he became a zombie, is oddly aware of himself and, while eating a party of scavenger survivors, meets Julie and feels an inexplicable urge to protect her, triggering a relationship that keeps R’s remaining humanity alive.
While Julie makes several attempts to escape his clutches, she eventually admits to missing R. The changes in him signal a change in all of the zombies, and the barriers between the living and the undead begin to break down. It’s an oddly sweet romantic story, considering the fact that Julie makes out with a dead guy.
8 Her (2013)
Inspired by the iPhone’s Siri feature, Her is the story of Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer in the final stages of his divorce. He purchases the new OS1, which is advertised as the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system. Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the voice behind the operating system, quickly appeals to Theodore – using her artificial intelligence to accommodate his wants and needs. The pair fall in love and embark on a relationship.
It soon becomes apparent that Theo isn’t the only person to have fallen in love with his OS. At one point, they even hire a surrogate so that Theo can be physically intimate with Samantha – but he can’t go through with it, and is overwhelmed by the experience.
7 Harold and Maude (1971)
It’s sometimes true that age is just a number, but in Harold and Maude that sentiment is taken to the extreme. Morbid and death-obsessed teenager, Harold (Bud Cort) spends his leisure time attending funerals and faking his own suicide in order to get the attention of his snobbish and inattentive mother.
However, when Harold meets Maude (Ruth Gordon), and anarchic 79-year-old, at a funeral, they become friends, and she discloses life lessons and perspectives. While his mother is trying to force him to join the army, Harold falls in love with Maude. Their relationship turns sexual and, on Maude’s 80th birthday, Harold proposes to her.
6 Mannequin (1987)
In 1987’s Mannequin, artist Jonathan Switcher (Andrew McCarthey) can’t seem to last in any job he does. He then builds a mannequin so perfect that he falls in love with it, before getting a job as a stock boy in the store in which the mannequin is displayed. If that wasn’t odd enough, the mannequin then comes to life.
Emmy (Kim Cattrall) turns out to be possessed by a girl from ancient Egypt who prayed to be united with her true love, and as a result traveled through time to be with Jonathan. And then of course, they get married in a shop window.
5 Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
Craig Gillespie and Nancy Oliver bring us this next bizarre coupling. In the 2007 Lars and the Real Girl, withdrawn young man Lars (Ryan Gosling) alarms his family and friends when he announces his serious relationship with lifelike sex-doll, Bianca. Insisting that the silicone skinned doll is a missionary he has met online, his loved ones decide to humor him – leading to unexpected outcomes for everyone.
Lars and the real girl is yet another of the movies on this list that somehow manages to stay credible despite its bizarre romantic storyline – a real credit to Nancy Oliver’s script.
4 The Godfather Part III (1990)
In The Godfather Part III (arguably the worst in the Godfather series), Mary (Sofia Coppola) and Vincent Corleone (Andy Garcia) end up having somewhat of a make-out session. While Vince originally wasn’t accepted in to the Corleone family due to his being the result of an illicit affair, he was still for all intents and purposes, Mary’s cousin. Illegitimate or not, they were still blood relations.
It’s been speculated that writer/director Francis Ford Coppola and fellow screenwriter Mario Puzo envisioned the story of the Corleone in grand historical proportions, likening it to powerful Italian families during the Middle Ages and Renaissance – when incestual relationships between cousins were supposedly extremely common. And, based on the success of the previous two films, they were allowed to keep the moment in the sequel.
3 The Fly (1986)
Granted, in the 1986 movie The Fly, Veronica (Geena Davis) has already begun her relationship with scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) before he becomes a weird mutant fly-man hybrid, but she sticks around remarkably longer than one might expect. After going through a teleportation device, unaware of the common house fly that was already lurking in the device, Brundle slowly begins to exhibit changes – at first, positive changes like strength and stamina – but eventually he begins to transform more and more, becoming arrogant and violent, and deteriorating from man to fly-thing.
Veronica eventually finds out that she is carrying Seth’s baby, and plans to have an illegal abortion in the middle of the night for fear of the child also being a flybrid.
2 Galaxy Quest (1999)
By Grabthar’s hammer, this is a weird one. Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub) – a.k.a Tech Sgt. Chen – was one of the group of actors that starred in the Star Trek-inspired Galaxy Quest – a TV show that, as it turns out, got picked up by aliens who didn’t realize it was fiction.
The aliens abduct Jason (Tim Allen) from a sci-fi convention, who can’t resist reliving the glory days by playing along and promising to help them vanquish their enemies. He enlists the help of the rest of the cast, including Kwan, who develops a soft spot for Laliari (Missi Pyle) – which becomes all the weirder when she reveals her true form. As it turns out, the aliens have just been dressing like humans to put their guests at ease. This doesn’t perturb Kwan, though, who continues the relationship with her, tentacles and all.
1 Howard the Duck (1986)
It’s pretty obvious where this is going from the title of the movie. Howard (Chip Zien) is an anthropomorphic duck from a parallel universe. He is somehow transported to our universe, where he is found by Beverly (Lea Thompson), the singer in a band called “Cherry Bomb.” He ends up defending her against her mean manager, becoming her manager instead, heading back to her apartment, and finally doing dirty duck deeds.
She tries to help him back to his universe, but fails, and then they save the planet together. As you do.
Can you think of any other weird movie romances? Let us know in the comments!
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