Top 10 Most Unrealistic Romance Movies
VOICE OVER: Samantha Clinch
WRITTEN BY: Kim Mabee
Even Cupid couldn't make these romance movies look realistic. For this list, we'll be looking at the most far-fetched portrayals of relationships in film. Our countdown includes "Grease," "The Notebook," "50 Shades of Grey," and more!
Top 10 Most Unrealistic Romance Movies
Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Unrealistic Romance Movies.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the most far-fetched portrayals of relationships in film. Because we’ll be talking about some important plot points, a spoiler alert is in effect.
Which of these movies do you find the most absurd? Let us know in the comments!
#10: “When in Rome” (2010)
As much as we love Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel, we have a hard time believing the love story in this film. Bell plays Beth, the quintessential hard-working girl who can’t seem to find the right relationship. In Rome, she takes some coins out of the “Fountain of Love”, only to find that the men who threw them in are now falling for her. Even with more suitors than ever before, Beth still seems cursed when it comes to true romance. Thankfully, Duhamel’s Nick - whose feelings for her are real - turns out to be the perfect guy. Of course, they live happily ever after. It’s definitely a cute story, but the core premise is fantastical, to put it mildly.
#9: “Grease” (1978)
In this classic film, teenagers Sandy and Danny fall in love over the summer, and coincidentally end up at the same high school in the fall. The only problem is they’re very different people. Sandy is the typical girl next door, while Danny is a troublemaking greaser. Throughout the film, they try to impress each other but struggle to sync up. In the end, Sandy does a complete 180, and throws her innocent persona away for good. It’s unbelievable enough that she would suddenly change everything about herself just to become the girl of Danny’s dreams. But to top it all off, the two also literally fly into the sky in his car!
#8: “Life as We Know It” (2010)
It’s time for another Josh Duhamel film. Here, the actor plays Eric alongside Katherine Heigl, who portrays Holly. The two characters are polar opposites. However, they have one important thing in common: their godchild Sophie. When her parents - their best friends - pass away, Eric and Holly have to work together. While living together to parent the baby, they realize that they’re perfect for each other. But we find it odd that any parent would choose two people who hate each other as their child’s guardians. And we’re having a tough time seeing how Eric and Holly, who were at each other’s throats for years, could make it as a couple!
#7: “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003)
When Andie and Ben start dating, they’re both on secret work missions that have nothing to do with love. She’s trying to get a man to dump her within ten days for an article she’s writing. Meanwhile, he’s trying to prove that he could win a woman’s heart within that time frame. Neither of them are willing to budge, which causes things to escalate. Andie acts clingy and overbearing, while Ben puts up with anything and everything she throws his way. Despite an insane amount of turmoil, they fall for each other. And somehow, the lies aren’t a dealbreaker. Everything from the scheming, to the chaos, to the eventual happy ending has us wondering what reality this film takes place in.
#6: “Never Been Kissed” (1999)
In this romantic flick, we meet naive young writer Josie Geller. One day, her job sends her back to high school to report on what teenagers are up to. As if that wasn’t strange enough, Josie then develops feelings for her English teacher, who’s obviously under the impression that she’s a student. We rarely find these inappropriate romance tropes to be realistic in films, but this one really takes the cake. And the story becomes even more unbelievable when Josie’s brother Rob masquerades as a high schooler to help her with the undercover report. Needless to say, we have some questions. Namely, how does nobody realize these people are adults?!
#5: “The Notebook” (2004)
While Allie and Noah’s love story is memorable, it definitely isn’t super plausible. When they first meet, she has no interest in him. After she reluctantly agrees to a date, they quickly fall in love. But because of outside influences, their romance is short-lived. Years later, Noah is still pining for Allie, and even builds her dream house without her knowing. She hasn’t forgotten their love either, and ends up leaving her fiancé to be with him. Even more improbable is the fact that the two are still together in their old age. And despite her memory loss, it’s clear that Noah and Allie love each other just as much as they did in their youth. They even pass away together, hand-in-hand.
#4: “Pretty Woman” (1990)
Seeing a young Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward alongside the always charming Richard Gere’s Edward Lewis is totally a treat. But sadly, this far-fetched romance could only ever exist on the silver screen. For one thing, the duo’s lifestyles are completely mismatched. Plus, it’s not everyday that a rich, successful man gets lost in Hollywood and trusts a lady of the night to get him to his hotel. It’s also quite unlikely that he would then wine and dine her, shower her with gifts, and ultimately end up with her. But when Disney is involved in a movie with this kind of premise, you know it’ll have a happy ending.
#3: “Serendipity” (2001)
There’s probably no film that’s filled with more unrealistic coincidences than this one. When Sara and Jonathan first meet, it’s clear that there’s a connection between them. But instead of exploring it further, they decide to put their future into the hands of destiny. It’s a quaint concept, but we honestly don’t think anybody would adopt such a silly plan in the real world. In the years that follow, they maintain rather serious relationships with other people, despite their yearning to be with one other. In the end, a series of unconvincing moments lead them back together, which makes us think they should’ve just pursued things when they met the first time.
#2: “50 Shades of Grey” (2015)
This 2015 film is based on a novel that was originally written as “Twilight” fanfiction. So we shouldn’t be surprised that it doesn’t have the most realistic storyline. Anastasia Steele is an awkward university student. She’s introduced to a whole new world when she meets Christian Grey, a thriving businessman with some very specific preferences in the bedroom - or should we say playroom? These two could not be more incompatible, and suffer numerous ups and downs throughout the course of their relationship. In fact, there’s enough drama to last three movies. While they don’t end up together in the first installment, they’re married with a kid - and another on the way - by the very end. Need we say more?
#1: “Twilight” (2008)
This 2008 movie is another tale of a rich, good-looking guy falling for an awkward, quiet girl. Bella Swan makes the move to Washington state, where she meets Edward Cullen. But as they start to connect, she can tell something’s different. Pretty soon, she realizes that he’s a vampire. And instead of preserving his secret at all costs - as he has for ages - he relents. Throughout this film - and the four that follow it - Edward and his family go to great lengths to keep Bella alive. All the while, her desire to become a vampire intensifies. The pair’s obsessive love is unusual for obvious reasons, and their happy ending is more nonsensical than anything we could’ve dreamed up.