In most romantic movies the movie calls for one of the characters to be super hot or cool and the other to be the opposoite, well the casting directors don’t always get that right. Here is a list that Moviefone have put together of the 10 most mismatched movie couples from rom-coms.
Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte in ‘I Love Trouble’ (1994)
This is oft-cited as a classic of mismatched coupledom and we can’t disagree. A romantic “thriller” about a competing cub reporter and veteran journalist who risk their lives in pursuit of a Big Story, ‘Trouble’ is pretty silly to begin with. Add the inevitable scenes of the weathered Nolte and fresh-faced Roberts getting all romantic and it approaches absurdity.
Woody Allen and Helena Bonham Carter/Mira Sorvino in ‘Mighty Aphrodite’ (1995)
Yep, Woody’s a repeat offender in this department, with his long list of leading ladies eons younger and infinitely more attractive than he. But there was something about his incongruous onscreen marriage with the 30-years-younger Bonham Carter, mainly known at that point for her adorably plucky 19th-century innocents, that really got our goat. In the same film, he gets it on with a ditsy young hooker (Sorvino, who won an Oscar), which adds considerably to the ick factor.
Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in ‘A Star in Born’ (1976)
This ill-conceived remake of the already twice-filmed classic has other problems besides the lack of chemistry between the overly slick Streisand and laid-back Kristofferson — she’s completely unbelievable as a struggling young rock singer, for starters — but it sure didn’t help. A killer voice is not enough to save an unconvincing premise.
Ralph Fiennes and Jennifer Lopez in ‘Maid in Manhattan’ (2002)
Whatever possessed one of the most subtle, intense actors in filmdom to star opposite “Jenny from the Block” in such a bland rom-com? Yes, his smooth Republican senator and her earnest hotel maid are supposed to be from wildly different worlds, but does their romance convince us that they belong together or at least have serious hots for each other? Nope!
Halle Berry, Warren Beatty in ‘Bulworth’ (1998)
It’s hard to say which was worse: director/screenwriter Beatty’s attempt to make his politician character shocking and relevant by rapping his speeches and wearing hip-hop attire or his contrived romance with a young woman from South Central L.A., but they were both pretty darn embarrassing.
Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David in ‘Whatever Works’ (2009)
Yes, this extreme May-December romance between a dim but sexy runaway and a crotchety geezer is played for laughs in Woody Allen’s (who else?) most recent film, starring David as Allen’s equally decrepit alter-ego. But it’s still mighty hard to swallow Wood’s character’s infatuation with said geezer, no matter how unsophisticated she’s supposed to be.
Mira Sorvino, Robin Williams in ‘The Final Cut’ (2004)
There are a lot of intriguing ideas embedded in this sci-fi fantasy about a memory editor who customizes people’s recollections, but Sorvino as Williams’ love interest is not one of them. True, Sorvino hadn’t had a hit movie in years, but that doesn’t mean we want to see her in a romantic embrace with Patch Adams. (Perhaps sensing this, the filmmakers mercifully gave their relationship little screen time.) Still, nowhere as unsettling as her love scenes with Woody Allen (see above).
Heigl and Rogen in ‘Knocked Up’ (2007)
These two have become the poster children for mismatched couples, and with good reason. A lovely entertainment journalist who gets pregnant by a shlubby but decent slacker (Rogen) after a drunken one-night stand, Heigl’s character would never keep the baby and the slacker in real life. But this is a comedy (and a fantasy), so the duo wind up together. Sure.
James Woods and Dolly Parton in ‘Straight Talk’ (1992)
Only in some surreal Charlie Kaufmanesque universe would these two make sense as a couple. Unfortunately, this flimsy rom-com — about a sassy Southern lass turned popular radio DJ and the suspicious journalist who investigates and falls for her — is not trying to be bizarre. Granted, it’s hard to pair the incomparable Dolly with any mere mortal, but the wry Woods is totally out of his element here.
Roger and Jessica Rabbit in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ (1988)
“He makes me laugh,” cooed the curvaceous cartoon siren Jessica (voiced by Kathleen Turner) about her goofy, fun-loving husband Roger. We all know how attractive a sense of humor is, but the huge disparity between the two Toons, both physically and personality-wise, defied logic. Even in a movie where animated characters and humans have conversations.
I’d have to agree with every single one of these, although I did love Knocked Up. What would be the biggest mismatched movie couples for you?
source: The 10 Most Ridiculously Mismatched Movie Couples [Moviefone]
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