Many viewers do not believe in love between the characters.
Andy and Nate, The Devil Wears Prada
If you watched The Devil Wears Prada right after it came out and never thought about it again, we suggest you rewatch it now, 12 years later.
You may find out that now you look at certain moments in a different light, including the romantic subplot. Here's how it looks now: Andy (Anne Hathaway) gets a job in a prestigious fashion magazine, struggles to please her exacting boss, and her boyfriend Nate (Adrian Grenier), instead of supporting her career, whines that she doesn't give him as much attention.
Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Imagine that your best friend has a little sibling. Imagine that you've known this little sibling since junior high – well, let's say since they were 11. And then they grew up, fell in love with you, which got you into a lot of trouble, and would you reciprocate? Our answer is a definite no, since that would be somewhat unwholesome. Maybe it would have made more sense if the movie Ginny had grown up to be as beautiful in the films as she has in Rowling's books – but no. For all our sincere love of Bonnie Wright, her Ginny isn't much of a heartbreaker.
Aurora and Jim, Passengers
A spaceship bound for a distant planet, with hundreds of passengers in cryosleep to survive the lengthy journey and avoid dying of old age. However, one of them has to die of old age anyway – Jim, who wakes up 120 years too early due to a glitch in the ship's systems.
What does Chris Pratt's character do? To avoid being bored, he wakes up another passenger, Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence), thereby essentially dooming her to death. What does Aurora do to thank him for this genius act? First she gets a little angry, and then she has sex with Jim. This whole scenario sounds far-fetched, and not because of the long space journey.
Bella and Edward, Twilight
To all the Twilight creators who tried hard to make the not-so-teen couple a symbol of true love for new generations, like the Richard Gere/Julia Roberts duo in Pretty Woman for previous generations. Sorry, brave creators but, to put it mildly, it didn't work. Not once in the whole Twilight saga does Bella look at Edward the way a woman who has willingly given up her human life for him should look at her man. And the awkwardness on Edward's face when he receives the long-awaited kiss from the love of his life is so genuine that it makes it painful to watch.
Vivian and Edward, Pretty Woman
And while we're on the subject of Pretty Woman, to be brutally honest, Vivian and (yet another) Edward are not that ideal either.
As much as we want to accept deep down that a prostitute and a rich client can make a great couple – sorry, in this case, it's hard to suspend the disbelief. Unfortunately, we can no longer imagine that a healthy relationship can form between people of two such different social groups.
Anna and Will, Notting Hill
If we are taking an axe to the most iconic film couples, Anna and Will from Notting Hill will be no exception to our denunciation list. Once again, we suggest you revisit Notting Hill and take a fresh look at it, with an experienced eye of an adult.
Let's remind ourselves of how it really happened: a famous actress flirts with a modest bookshop owner, while seeing another man, which she forgets to mention to the protagonist. When the press finds out about the affair, the actress blames her love interest for everything and dumps him in a totally infantile tantrum with a bunch of unfounded accusations. Not only does she dump him – she disappears for months so that he wouldn't find her, and in the end, it is he who apologizes anyway.
Jamie and Aurelia, Love Actually
Yes, we're really vicious, even Love Actually won't be spared. As a Christmas love story with a happy ending, the story of Jamie and Aurelia is very good, a sort of modernized Cinderella.
In reality… It's not that we don't believe in crazy love stories in real life, but it does seem a bit improbable that a man who has just found out about his girlfriend's infidelity would instantly fall in love with another girl who doesn't even speak his language.
Anakin and Padmé, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
There's as much chemistry going on between Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman as there is between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Nada. Zero. None at all. We are left in a state of bewilderment – how could such a miscast have been made? Regardless, Hayden and Natalie are very talented actors, but in Attack of the Clones they portray love for each other so unconvincingly that it's just impossible to believe them, even if you really try.