Unhappy Valentines: The 15 worst movie couples this century

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When it comes to #RelationshipGoals this Valentine’s Day, you and your S.O. can look to recent big-screen romances like The Shape of Water and Brooklyn for great storytelling and maybe even some helpful couples therapy. On the other hand, we strongly discourage people from modeling their personal love story on these 15 fictional romantic pairings, drawn from movies made since 2000. From Star Wars-crossed lovers to collateral damage-causing gaslighters, these couples will either make you hug your partner a little tighter, or give up on romance completely.

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<p>George Lucas’s prequel trilogy isn’t short on problems, but few are as glaring as the nonexistent chemistry between Natalie Portman’s regal Queen Amidala and Hayden Christensen’s petulant Anakin Skywalker. Epitomized by the latter’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tLf1JO5bvE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:diatribe against sand" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">diatribe against sand</a>, their romance lacks a single spark or even a sense that the two feel much of anything <span>— </span>other than annoyance at having to recite such awful dialogue in front of endless green screens. (Photo: 20th Century Fox/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen (‘Star Wars: Episode II’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode III,’ 2002-05)

George Lucas’s prequel trilogy isn’t short on problems, but few are as glaring as the nonexistent chemistry between Natalie Portman’s regal Queen Amidala and Hayden Christensen’s petulant Anakin Skywalker. Epitomized by the latter’s diatribe against sand, their romance lacks a single spark or even a sense that the two feel much of anything other than annoyance at having to recite such awful dialogue in front of endless green screens. (Photo: 20th Century Fox/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>Most of the romances in Richard Curtis’s modern-day favorite are quite weird on closer inspection. Case in point: Andrew Lincoln’s confessing his love for Keira Knightley just after she’s married his best friend. While we’re fans of the memes (<a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/hillary-actually/3442511?snl=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and SNL parodies" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and <em>SNL</em> parodies</a>) birthed by this sequence, in the moment it’s spectacularly creepy rather than swooningly romantic. Thankfully, Knightley’s wise enough to realize she’s got a great thing with Chiwetel Ejiofor and leaves Lincoln out in the cold where he belongs. (Photo: Universal/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley (‘Love Actually,’ 2003)

Most of the romances in Richard Curtis’s modern-day favorite are quite weird on closer inspection. Case in point: Andrew Lincoln’s confessing his love for Keira Knightley just after she’s married his best friend. While we’re fans of the memes (and SNL parodies) birthed by this sequence, in the moment it’s spectacularly creepy rather than swooningly romantic. Thankfully, Knightley’s wise enough to realize she’s got a great thing with Chiwetel Ejiofor and leaves Lincoln out in the cold where he belongs. (Photo: Universal/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>It’s true that, of all Adam Sandler’s leading ladies, Drew Barrymore is the actress with whom he shares the most chemistry in good movies (<em>The Wedding Singer</em>) as well as bad (<em>Blended</em>). But it’s also true that their chemistry alone can’t overcome the ickiness of their second rom-com, in which Sandler’s veterinarian woos Barrymore’s amnesiac, whose memories of their relationship are erased every night. (Photo: Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore (’50 First Dates,’ 2004)

It’s true that, of all Adam Sandler’s leading ladies, Drew Barrymore is the actress with whom he shares the most chemistry in good movies (The Wedding Singer) as well as bad (Blended). But it’s also true that their chemistry alone can’t overcome the ickiness of their second rom-com, in which Sandler’s veterinarian woos Barrymore’s amnesiac, whose memories of their relationship are erased every night. (Photo: Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection)

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<p>It felt like a leap of faith at the time — matching the reigning king of broad comedy fresh off hits like <em>Old School</em>, <em>Elf</em>, and <em>Anchorman</em> with the Aussie thesp who had just won an Oscar for portraying Virginia Woolf in <em>The Hours</em>. And the results couldn’t have been less bewitching. Both Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman seemed miscast, and the combination made the TV-to-movie reboot close to unwatchable. The pair were “rewarded” with a Razzie win for Worst Onscreen Couple. (Photo: Columbia/Courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman (‘Bewitched,’ 2005)

It felt like a leap of faith at the time — matching the reigning king of broad comedy fresh off hits like Old School, Elf, and Anchorman with the Aussie thesp who had just won an Oscar for portraying Virginia Woolf in The Hours. And the results couldn’t have been less bewitching. Both Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman seemed miscast, and the combination made the TV-to-movie reboot close to unwatchable. The pair were “rewarded” with a Razzie win for Worst Onscreen Couple. (Photo: Columbia/Courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>“Ugly” is probably the kindest way to describe the romance- and comedy-free rom-com that essentially killed the careers of its two stars. The “chauvinist vs. control freak” conflict already seemed dated in ’09 and a decade later feels positively Cro-Magnon. On the other hand, that Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler’s characters end up together saves anyone else from having to deal with them. (Photo: Saeed Adyani/Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler (‘The Ugly Truth,’ 2009)

“Ugly” is probably the kindest way to describe the romance- and comedy-free rom-com that essentially killed the careers of its two stars. The “chauvinist vs. control freak” conflict already seemed dated in ’09 and a decade later feels positively Cro-Magnon. On the other hand, that Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler’s characters end up together saves anyone else from having to deal with them. (Photo: Saeed Adyani/Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>Angelina Jolie seems more interested in strutting about in beautiful gowns and jewelry than in creating a passionate dynamic with Johnny Depp in this woeful espionage thriller. In her defense, it’s difficult to generate on-screen heat when your co-star <span>— </span>denied his usual zany makeup for this everyman role <span>— always looks as if </span>he has just stumbled onto the set after a long nap. (Photo: Peter Mountain/Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie (‘The Tourist,’ 2010)

Angelina Jolie seems more interested in strutting about in beautiful gowns and jewelry than in creating a passionate dynamic with Johnny Depp in this woeful espionage thriller. In her defense, it’s difficult to generate on-screen heat when your co-star denied his usual zany makeup for this everyman role — always looks as if he has just stumbled onto the set after a long nap. (Photo: Peter Mountain/Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>What’s the creepiest thing about Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), the daughter of vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and human Bella (Kristen Stewart) in the final installment of the <em>Twilight </em>saga? Is it the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lihsszMcXxo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:uncanny CG baby" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">uncanny CG baby</a> that plays her? Is it that she grows to the size of a 10-year-old in a matter of months? Or is it that sexy werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) “imprints” on her when she’s two days old, declaring her his soulmate for life? Yeah, definitely that last thing. (Photo: Summit Entertainment) </p>
Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy (‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,’ 2012)

What’s the creepiest thing about Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), the daughter of vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and human Bella (Kristen Stewart) in the final installment of the Twilight saga? Is it the uncanny CG baby that plays her? Is it that she grows to the size of a 10-year-old in a matter of months? Or is it that sexy werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) “imprints” on her when she’s two days old, declaring her his soulmate for life? Yeah, definitely that last thing. (Photo: Summit Entertainment)

<p>What is it with time travelers and Rachel McAdams? In <em>About Time </em>and <em>The Time Traveler’s</em> <em>Wife</em>, the actress is pursued by dudes who manipulate the timestream in order to woo and win her. Of the two films, <em>About Time </em>is the more egregiously sentimental, but <em>The Time Traveler’s Wife </em>takes the premise to more unpleasant places. We’d put both of them in Doc Brown’s DeLorean and bury them in the distant past. (Photo:Alan Markfield/New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection; Murray Close/Universal/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams (‘About Time,’ 2013); Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams (‘The Time Traveler’s Wife,’ 2014)

What is it with time travelers and Rachel McAdams? In About Time and The Time Traveler’s Wife, the actress is pursued by dudes who manipulate the timestream in order to woo and win her. Of the two films, About Time is the more egregiously sentimental, but The Time Traveler’s Wife takes the premise to more unpleasant places. We’d put both of them in Doc Brown’s DeLorean and bury them in the distant past. (Photo:Alan Markfield/New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection; Murray Close/Universal/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>It’s a tale as old as time: small-town boy (Josh Duhamel) meets on-the-run girl (Julianne Hough), and they’re nudged along the road to romance by the spirit of his dead wife (Cobie Smulders). Sorry, but this relationship doesn’t seem to have a ghost of a chance at surviving long term. (Photo: James Bridges/Relativity Media/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough (‘Save Haven,’ 2013)

It’s a tale as old as time: small-town boy (Josh Duhamel) meets on-the-run girl (Julianne Hough), and they’re nudged along the road to romance by the spirit of his dead wife (Cobie Smulders). Sorry, but this relationship doesn’t seem to have a ghost of a chance at surviving long term. (Photo: James Bridges/Relativity Media/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>To their credit, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/drunk-nicolas-cage-gets-blood-stained-buzzkill-looking-glass-clip-exclusive-204440301.html" data-ylk="slk:always recognized the humor;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">always recognized the humor</a> at the heart of the S&M-themed trilogy, which recently wrapped up with <em>Fifty Shades Freed</em>. But that doesn’t change the fact that Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s relationship is a fairly poisionous stew outside the Red Room, what with his paranoia and control issues and her easy acquiescence to a wealthy, porn-filled lifestyle. (Photo: Doane Gregory/Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson (‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy, 2015-18)

To their credit, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson always recognized the humor at the heart of the S&M-themed trilogy, which recently wrapped up with Fifty Shades Freed. But that doesn’t change the fact that Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s relationship is a fairly poisionous stew outside the Red Room, what with his paranoia and control issues and her easy acquiescence to a wealthy, porn-filled lifestyle. (Photo: Doane Gregory/Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>The couple that gaslights together, stays together. After the tragic death of their daughter, Howard (Will Smith) and Madeleine (Naomie Harris) agree to go their separate ways and, when they meet again, deliberately pretend not to know each other as a way to start over with a clean slate. If their marriage counselor signed off on this arrangement, consider her license revoked. (Photo: Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Will Smith and Naomie Harris (‘Collateral Beauty,’ 2016)

The couple that gaslights together, stays together. After the tragic death of their daughter, Howard (Will Smith) and Madeleine (Naomie Harris) agree to go their separate ways and, when they meet again, deliberately pretend not to know each other as a way to start over with a clean slate. If their marriage counselor signed off on this arrangement, consider her license revoked. (Photo: Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>Here’s an absurdly attractive couple with an absurdly awful “meet cute” story. Awakening too early on a multi-decade space flight, Jim (Chris Pratt) proceeds to rouse Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) for companionship (and nookie) all while lying to her about why she’s not still in hypersleep. Why she doesn’t eject him out the airlock the minute she learns the truth remains a mystery to us. (Photo: Jaimie Trueblood/Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence (‘Passengers,’ 2016)

Here’s an absurdly attractive couple with an absurdly awful “meet cute” story. Awakening too early on a multi-decade space flight, Jim (Chris Pratt) proceeds to rouse Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) for companionship (and nookie) all while lying to her about why she’s not still in hypersleep. Why she doesn’t eject him out the airlock the minute she learns the truth remains a mystery to us. (Photo: Jaimie Trueblood/Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>The iconic Batman villains played by Margot Robbie and Jared Leto have a relationship so toxic, it literally began in <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTYM78H6HMo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a vat of brain-warping chemicals" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a vat of brain-warping chemicals</a>. He’s a master manipulator, she’s a lovestruck schizophrenic, and together, they’re the most codependent mass murderers since Bonnie and Clyde. (Photo: Clay Enos/Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Margot Robbie and Jared Leto (‘Suicide Squad,’ 2016)

The iconic Batman villains played by Margot Robbie and Jared Leto have a relationship so toxic, it literally began in a vat of brain-warping chemicals. He’s a master manipulator, she’s a lovestruck schizophrenic, and together, they’re the most codependent mass murderers since Bonnie and Clyde. (Photo: Clay Enos/Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)

<p><a href="https://filmschoolrejects.com/tom-cruise-movie-love-interests-age/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:It’s not lost on anyone" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">It’s not lost on anyone</a> that Tom Cruise is trying to act younger than his age, not just in terms of stunt work but also the women he romances onscreen. That gap was particularly pronounced in last summer’s box-office bomb in which the 55-year-old Cruise pursued the 33-year-old Annabelle Wallis, who had to pretend to be charmed by his long-in-the-tooth Han Solo impression. In hindsight, we probably underappreciated her performance. (Photo: Universal/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis (‘The Mummy,’ 2017)

It’s not lost on anyone that Tom Cruise is trying to act younger than his age, not just in terms of stunt work but also the women he romances onscreen. That gap was particularly pronounced in last summer’s box-office bomb in which the 55-year-old Cruise pursued the 33-year-old Annabelle Wallis, who had to pretend to be charmed by his long-in-the-tooth Han Solo impression. In hindsight, we probably underappreciated her performance. (Photo: Universal/courtesy Everett Collection)

<p>There were plenty of things to take issue with in last year’s epically awful franchise nonstarter from the otherwise brilliant Luc Besson, but chief among them was the blatant lack of anything resembling sizzle from its two “bantering” interstellar cop leads. Maybe one of them should have connected with Rihanna’s shape-shifting pole dancer, considering the pop star-turned-actress owned the film’s best moment. Side bone to pick: Why wasn’t it called Valerian and Laureline, considering Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne split screen time? (Photo: STX Entertainment/courtesy Everett Collection) </p>
Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne (‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,’ 2017)

There were plenty of things to take issue with in last year’s epically awful franchise nonstarter from the otherwise brilliant Luc Besson, but chief among them was the blatant lack of anything resembling sizzle from its two “bantering” interstellar cop leads. Maybe one of them should have connected with Rihanna’s shape-shifting pole dancer, considering the pop star-turned-actress owned the film’s best moment. Side bone to pick: Why wasn’t it called Valerian and Laureline, considering Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne split screen time? (Photo: STX Entertainment/courtesy Everett Collection)

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