As you sat home on Valentine’s Day this past year, it is very possible that you and your partner (or you and your cats) spent some time watching classic romantic comedies. Sure, they all seem to follow the same formula, but that’s why they’re classics, damn it! After all, who could not love the story of Ted Mosby as he gets turned down time and time again, only to keep pursuing his lady love? That’s so romantic, right? Spoiler alert: It’s really not, but I’m not even getting started on my disdain for Mosby.
I remember when I was younger, I would watch these movies and take cues from some of my favorite actors, who were not only super badass, but always seemed to have the right moves to make the ladies swoon. How was I ever going to fail with the ladies when I had hours of material to study? But alas, I was younger and thus, also stupider than I am today. I had no idea about the realities of romance, but you can imagine that once I started dating, I definitely got some rude awakenings to the reality of love.
Do you know that it is not super romantic to kiss in the rain? I know they did it in The Notebook, but as you are about to find out, when you transfer that movie magic into real life flames, you are left feeling disheartened more than anything else. Here are 10 gestures that may have seemed romantic in the movies but fail when we try and bring them into reality.
10 Kissing In The Rain
9 Waltzing Into A Restaurant Without A Reservation
8 Working Out Together And/Or Meeting At The Gym
7 Doing Anything To Get A Date
6 Sharing Food At A Restaurant
5 A Room Full Of Candles
4 Showering/Having A Bath Together
3 Surprise Proposals
2 Running To Stop Someone From Getting On A Plane
Literally the last episode of Friends. In this episode, Ross runs up to Rachel and dramatically declares his love for her before she gets on a flight to Paris. She states, “I can’t do this right now. I’m sorry.” She then gets on the plane. Any realistic person viewing this episode is thinking that Rachel's reaction is normal because who the hell declares their love to someone before a flight? Give me a break. It does not work in real life. You had all day, all week to tell her how you feel but you waited until literally the last minute? You’re not romantic. You’re an insensitive jerk who was unable to communicate your feelings until it seemed like there was a gun to your head. Not to mention cancelling a plane ticket, or in Rachel’s case, cancelling a job in a new city, is expensive and just another reason why the whole thing is a bad idea.
1 Next Morning Action
Do you think your partner looks unbelievable in the mornings when she is just waking up? I’m blessed because I genuinely do. I love my partner and whether she is dressing up or dressing down, there is never a moment when I don’t think she’s beautiful. Yet, many people out there are in relationships where they suffer some shock when they wake up beside their partner and it is not who they went to bed beside. This can be especially alarming if you took your partner home from a bar and some alcohol was involved. The movies may make it seem like you can just roll over and right into love making, but you know what isn’t overrated? Brushing your teeth.
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