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Top 10 Movie Couples Who Need Therapy

Top 10 Movie Couples Who Need Therapy
VOICE OVER: Sophia Franklin WRITTEN BY: Andy Hammersmith
If these movies were realistic, they would've ended with the couples in therapy. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we're counting down our picks for the film partners most deserving of a therapeutic intervention. Our countdown includes "Casablanca," "Grease," "She's All That," and more!

#10: Bea & Ben
“Anyone but You” (2023)

These young professionals have a promising meet-cute, but then they sour on each other. Later, they find themselves attending the same wedding. Things only get worse as they attempt to lie to the other guests about their relationship status. This breeds resentment between them, creating a toxic environment for the entire event. After spending most of the movie hating each other, Bea and Ben end up coming back together following a cliché, over-the-top romantic gesture on Ben’s part. This is only a recipe for disaster that’ll likely stir up negative feelings in the coming years.

#9: Richard & Susan
“Babel” (2006)

This married couple has the worst vacation imaginable. While riding in a bus, Susan is shot in a terrible accident. She’s then trapped in Morocco with her husband Richard without knowing if she’ll survive. It’s the kind of event that would shake even the best marriages to the core. Not only do they have a terrible time, their children are also in danger, stranded alone in a Mexican desert halfway around the world. Talk about bad luck for everybody. Thankfully, the entire family survives their ordeal. This probably doesn’t come without several emotional scars, likely prompting all kinds of tension in their future.

#8: Annie & Sam
“Sleepless in Seattle” (1993)

One of them is a recent widower and the other is engaged to be married. If we’re being serious, neither of these people have any business with each other. They’re definitely living different lives and should at least have some time to consider their feelings. “Sleepless in Seattle” is a romantic film, but realistically Annie is more like a stalker than anything else. Sam is in a fragile emotional state and letting his young son help dictate his future. The red flags don’t seem to matter to either party as they meet on the Empire State Building. It’s a wonderful way to end the movie, but this duo doesn’t pass the smell test.

#7: Laney & Zack
“She’s All That” (1999)

Taking George Bernard Shaw's “Pygmalion” to high school, this movie adapts a classic story for the late 1990s. Zack makes a bet that he can transform the nerd Laney into a prom queen. It’s a fun premise until you consider the larger implications. The jock tries to befriend his artsy counterpart, breaks her heart, and then tries to win her back. This manipulative scheme doesn’t give the pair a good foundation, making their every interaction corrupt from the start. It’s not exactly the most endearing romance we’ve ever seen. If she doesn’t have emotional whiplash, she’ll definitely have to have a long conversation with a professional about her new partner’s behavior.

#6: Sandy & Danny
“Grease” (1978)

After their summer nights together, Sandy and Danny find each other again at high school. Danny is a greaser that doesn’t want to appear uncool, while Sandy deals with being a fish out of water. Neither are in their best state to pursue their relationship. They both try to change themselves to be with each other, prompting some drastic alterations. There’s also Danny’s inability to be much of a gentleman, avoiding his friends and treating his partner badly. With the help of a therapist, these teenagers could come to realize that they’re not exactly a perfect fit for each other, despite what their hormones are telling them. They should really land that flying car and take a hard look at reality.

#5: Alfred & Klara
“The Shop Around the Corner” (1940)

Before “You’ve Got Mail” remade this story, this film introduced two bitter colleagues that don’t realize they’re pen pals. Jimmy Stewart plays Alfred Kralik, a salesman that doesn’t take kindly to rival Klara Novak’s success. Eventually, Alfred discovers he’s in love with Klara, yet he continues to play with her emotions. He only lets her know that he’s her mysterious lover after pushing her to the emotional brink, making his actions seem even more cruel. We’re amazed that Klara forgives him and wants to live out their romance in real life. This problematic relationship seems to be ripe for psychiatric evaluation.

#4: Jesse & Céline
“Before” trilogy (1995-2013)

This trio of romantic films follows its two lead characters across three separate decades. They first have a chance encounter on a train and spend an entire night chatting. Jesse and Céline then reunite many years later, complicating things further when the former decides to miss his flight home to his wife and kids. The third film, “Before Midnight,” finds them still together after the romance has worn off. They hash out her grievances in a major argument, showing that they aren’t the same wide-eyed kids anymore. It’s easy to see that they weren’t super realistic about their partnership from the beginning. Since their relationship is based around communication, they’ll at least have a head start during their therapy sessions.

#3: Kat & Patrick
“10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)

Capturing the drama of teenage life, “10 Things I Hate About You” turns this Shakespeare story into a high school romance. Mr. Stratford doesn’t let Bianca date unless her sister Kat is also involved with someone. This inspires a hopeful young man to hire Patrick to date the antisocial older sibling, leading to a manipulative plan that creates real problems. Like any relationship initially based on deceit, this partnership produces some serious trust issues. When Kat finally makes up with Patrick, you can’t help but wonder how they could ever last as a couple.

#2: Rick & Ilsa
“Casablanca” (1942)

They might be one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, but these two characters are anything but perfect. Ilsa Lund comes back into Rick Blaine’s life after walking out on him years before. To make matters worse, she has a husband now. The two contemplate their relationship before Blaine sends her away. Their dramatic final conversation could easily start their romance all over again, but it’s a firm farewell for the time being. Still, neither hero is likely to forget the other any time soon. If they survive the war, they’ll definitely have a lot of complicated thoughts to work through.

#1: Joel & Clementine
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)

In a world where people can erase each other from their memories, this couple needs some serious help. Joel learns that Clementine has moved on from their relationship in a major way. This inspires him to undergo his own procedure to forget her, but he begins to have second thoughts halfway through. The real twist comes when they reconnect after their operations. Fate continues to bring them together despite their obvious differences. Although their breakup was so bad that they both wanted to forget it, the two decide to try again. The ending is hopeful, but we still have serious doubts about this couple’s ability to make things work.

Did we forget another movie couple that needs help? Let us know in the comments below.