Since the 1890’s, movies and cinema have been a part of our lives. They have shaped our perceptions, changed the way we interact with each other, and have become an iconic way to tell a story. Each movie is set up a certain way, so its story has a familiar structure. Couples are one of the major staples in that structure, which make movies desirable to watch. This staple is important and shapes the way the movie plays out. If the couple on-screen doesn’t get along, or the director has decided to take a “different” approach, the audience can be displeased, leaving the couple, as well as the movie, unwanted.
Couples on-screen either have chemistry that works, or they just don’t. It’s as simple as that. Collected here is a list of 15 of the worst on-screen couples throughout cinema. While some are not so bad, others were obviously awful and destined to fail on screen.
15. Zooey Deschanel & Mark Wahlberg: The Happening
M. Night Shyamalan directed this highly interesting and terrifying movie. He also came up with its peculiar storyline which left many feeling eerie. In the movie, people all around the world are committing suicide, and no one can figure out why. The movie follows a couple played by Deschanel and Wahlberg as they try to escape whatever is causing this worldwide event. Eventually, when they learn what it is, they team up and form a very strange relationship. All throughout the movie, expectations of a bond stronger than what was displayed on-screen, are everywhere. However, they end up bashing any hope of chemistry with the poor acting in the film.
14. Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck: Gigli
Director Martin Brest did his best with the film Gigli, and the movie was actually not too bad. However, the on-screen romance between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez was something left to be desired. The movie revolves around three very different people who turn out to be good friends due to an awkward hostage situation. While many considered Lopez and Affleck to be romantic in real life, both of their performances in the movie lacked luster. There was supposed to be a form of resistance and in a way it was displayed, but the overall process was something of a slop. To say the least, these two weren’t meant to be paired together.
13. Dwayne Johnson & Ashley Judd: The Tooth Fairy
Michael Lembeck directs this fun-filled children’s movie and the story line is a little strange. A hockey player, whose wrongful deeds have landed him in an awkward situation, must serve as an actual tooth fairy for a week. While on the job, he falls for a woman, played by Ashley Judd. Of course, the movie is meant for kids as well, so the romantic part of the movie can only go so far. However, their on-screen romance wasn’t ideal. There were many different gaps when it came to their interactions, and with Johnson holding a background of issues with other female leads, the romance didn’t turn out as expected.
12. Hayden Christensen & Natalie Portman: Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones
As we know, the amazing and talented George Lucas directed Episode 2 of the Star Wars franchise. In the movie, Christensen plays Anakin Skywalker, who falls in love with Padme, played by the gorgeous Natalie Portman. Their love is supposed to be intimate and head over heels, however, their on-screen intimacy is nowhere to be found. Many people dissed on the couple in 2002, when the movie was released and not many people were happy with how they showed their love. The movie altogether was considered to have many different faults, including the set up of the storyline.
11. Bonnie Wright & Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter
It didn’t really matter which movie they performed in, this couple’s romance was never truly shown. All throughout the Harry Potter movies, the three main characters, Harry, Ron and Hermione, have been placed in some pretty crazy predicaments. And while the spark between Ron and Hermione slowly grew as the films progressed, eventually setting ablaze, their romance had been long awaited. But one of the romances that never got the right amount of screen time was that of Harry and Ginny. They almost always missed their mark on a kiss and hardly ever made contact with each until the very end. It was an agonizing build up that many thought wouldn’t come true.
10. Adam Sandler & Winona Ryder: Mr. Deeds
Directed by Steven Brill, in the movie Mr. Deeds, Adam Sandler plays a young man who has inherited a very large sum of money. The movie follows him as he makes decisions that would otherwise be considered irresponsible and rash. Then Winona Ryder becomes the love interest of Sandler. The couple is awkward, to say the least, but considering Sandler’s history of strange acting relationships with his (usually sexy) female leads, it’s no wonder that this movie was another strange situation. It can be hard to incorporate romance into comedy. And while some actors and actresses portray it beautifully, Sander and Ryder did not.
9. Channing Tatum & Cody Horn: Magic Mike
Magic Mike was a movie which came out in 2012. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh, and as everyone is sure to find out, was never meant to be a movie about falling in love. The movie follows a male stripper who teaches a young man how to earn money by stripping, and how to pick up girls along the way. Throughout the film, Mike, Channing Tatum, is always trying to get with Cody Horn. Considering the movie’s content, love is something that doesn’t particularly fit in, but it was something that was at least expected. Because of the poor acting, and the way the movie played out, their on-screen romance was a flop.
8. Benjamin Bratt & Halle Berry: Catwoman
Directed by Pitof, the Catwoman film of 2004 is considered a huge flop in the DC Universe. However, it did bring in quite the amount in the box office. For those who do not know, Catwoman follows a shy lady, Halle Berry, who eventually gains various abilities that make her catlike. After her antics gain attention, a detective, played by Benjamin Bratt, investigates her. The two develop a relationship that is supposed to fit, and ends up being a confused mess. Throughout the film, the couple goes back and forth with the romance, leaving the audience to wonder if they like each other or not. It’s a tortured push and pull that leaves the audience exhausted.
7. Gerard Butler & Jennifer Aniston: Bounty Hunter
Director Andy Tennant directed the movie Bounty Hunter and when it came out in 2010, it was a big hit with audiences everywhere. The comedy was there as well as a little action, but something that seemed to be lacking throughout the entire movie was the couple’s relationship. Gerard Butler plays a bounty hunter who’s next target happens to be his ex-wife, who is played by Jennifer Aniston, a reporter who is on a case. Butler catches her in the middle of her work and tells her he has to take her in, but Aniston doesn’t go quietly. Because of the circumstances involving the characters, it’s understandable why the couple didn’t exactly spark on screen, but people were expecting much more than what was given. The two failed at making any connection, and in turn, the movie suffered.
6. Christian Bale & Katie Holmes: Batman Begins
Batman Begins, which was directed by Christopher Nolan, brought in quite the amount at the box office. But one of the problems with the movie didn’t involve the action in the film, at least not when it came to explosions and chases. Christian Bale, as Batman and Katie Holmes, as Rachel Dawes, went downhill with their relationship, which should have been strong. In the movie, Batman finishes his training with his mentor and returns to the city in order to regain control of the crime and keep the city safe. However, in the process, the bond between Batman and Rachel is supposed to bud, considering they have known each other since childhood, but that never happens.
5. Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew McConaughey: Failure To Launch
A man in his thirties, Matthew McConaughey, has been living with his parents since birth. After they set him up with a beautiful young woman, Sarah Jessica Parker, he suspects they are doing so just to get him to move out. The couple’s chemistry is completely offset throughout the entire movie. They’re supposed to be falling in love, but unfortunately, the actors are not fooling anybody. The spark simply isn’t there and everyone can tell. McConaughey and Parker are two very amazing actors, but being put together was obviously a very wrong move.
4. Kate Winslet & Jack Black: The Holiday
In The Holiday, two frustrated women decided to swap places in each other’s countries for a little while. During the swap, they both meet local men who they soon fall in love with. Iris, Kate Winslet, falls in love with Miles, Jack Black. Due to the pairing of these two actors, people didn’t really buy the relationship. But no one could truly blame them. With Black starring in so many comedy roles, it was hard for many to picture him with such a sweet and gentle actress like Winslet. The poor casting made many wonder, what was going through the director’s mind.
3. Freida Pinto & James Franco: Rise of the Planet of Apes
In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Rupert Wyatt, an ape, receives special chemical to repair his brain, becomes vastly intelligent, and decides to start an ape uprising. The movie is an intense ride with amazing special effects. However, the couple in the movie, played by James Franco and Freida Pinto, doesn’t show the true sign of a budding relationship. It has been argued that the only purpose Freida Pinto’s character served was to be Caesar’s conscience in one way or another. The couple simply didn’t cut it when it came to acting as if they liked each other.
2. Ashley Greene & Jackson Rathbone: Twilight
Almost everyone knows about the famous vampire movie Twilight, which started a string of movies that followed the famous book series. The story follows Bella and Edward, a human and a vampire, who are completely enthralled with each other. However, this isn’t the couple that everyone had issues with. Ashley Greene and Jackson Rathbone, who played Alice and Jasper, were rather distant from each other. Physically, they were almost always together, but the warmth between the two was completely vacant. There was never a show of affection, leaving it hard to tell that these two were in a relationship at all, let alone everlasting love.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio & Cameron Diaz: Gangs of New York
The film Gangs of New York, stunned everyone in the box office. It was even nominated for an Oscar. And while the acting between Leo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis was completely captivating and stunning, the relationship everyone had trouble with was that of DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz. The way Diaz was represented in the movie almost pushed her to the side, especially when it came to the bond between her and DiCaprio. Their love didn’t seem authentic, permanent or compelling.