10 Fictional Couples Who Ruined the Movie Plot

Everybody loves a love story, who doesn’t? Well, we can’t say much about real-life love stories, some of our favorite movies have had fictional couples who had questionable love stories! Either the actors didn’t have any chemistry at all, or the love story plot was completely unutilized, or the love story wasn’t just needed.

Love stories shouldn’t be just a chance for actors to strip their clothes in the movies. Such love stories seem forced upon the audience. Now, maybe we might point out some problematic love stories that you might have liked in the movie.

But we’re exploring these fictional couples and love stories considering the acting, writing, and plot of the movie. These 10 fictional couples must have called it quits and left our otherwise awesome movies with an amazing and impactive plot.

Evey and V in V for Vendetta






The actual graphic novel written by Alan Moore described a complicated and tough background story for Evey that prompted her to assist V in his motives. But the movie completely ignores her backstory rather goes ahead showing that she assists him because she is in love with V.

This was completely unnecessary and didn’t support the actual plot point at all. Also, the love story is problematic as Evey is seemingly a teenager in the book. However, in the movie, she was aged up a little bit by the writers so that the love story doesn’t seem weird.

Lois Lane and Superman in Justice League and Superman v Batman

Now, don’t get us wrong! Amy Adams is a wonderful actor and has acted perfectly in several movies. But this casting and love story wasn’t the perfect fit for the movie.

Lois Lane is a brave, fierce, and spunky woman but in the DCEU her character has never been utilized to the fullest. In fact, with more movies, we see her less and less. Combine the underutilization of such an amazing actor with the lifeless chemistry with Henry Cavill’s Superman is too tedious to watch.

Josh and Cher in Clueless






Well, believe it or not, we are also clueless about this fictional couple being each other’s love interest. Why would writers do this to us? This love story is simply gross!

Cher is a 16-year-old teenager and Josh, well, he is a twenty-something college student. Why would a twenty-year-old date someone who might be like a younger sister? Yes, we take it that Cher liked older guys and she made it pretty clear in the movie, but this was just uncalled for.

Also, Josh is her stepbrother- sure, ex-brother but that still doesn’t justify the inappropriateness of the love story. Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, two of our favorite actors did make a good-looking on-screen couple but the story was not just the right fit. What is with writers making teenage girls fall in love with adult men? That is totally inappropriate!

Mary Jane and Peter Parker in Spider-Man

Oh no! We are not talking about Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. They had fiery chemistry in the newer version of Spider-Man.

We are talking about Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Tobey Maguire as a Spider-Man was brilliant! Yes, we know everyone admits that secretly! The story of the movie was complete overall. But the chemistry between Tobey and Kirsten Dunst was just not meant to be!

And once you have watched Andrew and Emma romancing in the newer Spider-Man, you won’t be charmed by Kirsten and Tobey’s love story in the movie anymore.

Harley Quinn and the Joker in Suicide Squad

Numerous rumours from the first Suicide Squad set mentioned Leto's 'shenanigans' with his co-stars. Pic courtesy: thewrap.com

When Harley Quinn was first introduced to the screen in DC movies, she became an icon for battered women. She was disrespected and mistreated by the Joker.

The relationship was completely toxic and Harley Quinn’s attraction to the Joker was completely based on his bad-boy charisma. This reduced her to someone who the Joker would use to take out his frustrations. However, Harley Quinn breaks out of the messy relationship and becomes an unstoppable force of chaos all her own.

But the eventual reduction of their relationship to a stable and healthy one did take away the agency of Harley Quinn and her character that a lot of women associated with.

Jane Foster and Thor in Movie Thor






Yes, even we didn’t think that this pair will end up on this list. The gorgeous Chris Hemsworth and talented Natalie Portman seem like a good pair. But boy their chemistry in the movie was so way off that it just doesn’t fit the plot of this superhero movie.

Also, if the writers wanted their relationship to really be the plot point of the events in the movie, they didn’t give them enough chance to grow and explore the romance between these two characters.

Now that we know Natalie Portman never wanted to be a part of this movie franchise in the first place, her disinterest in the character is justified. Maybe finding an actress who would have been enthusiastic about playing Jane Foster might have helped this love story a little bit.

Nate and Andy in Devil Wears Prada






Well, it wouldn’t be wrong to call Nate a crybaby. No matter how many sacrifices Andy made for their relationship to work, he was never grateful to her. While juggling her work and such an imposing boss as Miranda, Andy made sure the relationship gets the required time.

But we find Nate complaining about everything she did. Whether it was leaving her work party to celebrate Nate’s birthday or making fun of her clothes, Nate didn’t contribute to anything but bring her down. However, as an audience, we constantly root for these two to make it work!

Andy deserved better and she was a way better person than Nate.

Phoebus and Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame






People who haven’t read the book would be surprised to know that in the book Esmeralda was executed for the not-so-dead Phoebus. Also, Phoebus never cared about Esmeralda. In fact, he went ahead and married some other woman.

However, in the movie, we find that Esmeralda ends up with Phoebus. We are sure this negatively impacted the younger minds. Yes, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an underrated movie that deserves more appreciation and light, but this pairing was just not right.

Instead, it would have been great to see Esmeralda and Quasimodo end up together. Now, that would have been a lovely love story.

Juliet and Mark in Love, Actually








Truth be told, all the love stories in this chick flick are problematic. But not more than what we saw between Mark and Juliet. Not only Mark is a creep, but he stalks his best friend’s wife. Who in their right mind would do that?

Andrew Lincoln who played the character of Mark also thought that his character was supposed to be a creep. However, this couple and the love story shouldn’t have happened.

Johnny and Baby in Dirty Dancing






Yes, we know that Dirty Dancing is a classic movie. The iconic dance move has been repeated so many times on the screens. However, if you start picking the love story apart, you will start finding major flaws.

Sure, everyone wanted to be in the shoes of Jennifer Grey and do the dirty dancing with Patrick Swayze, but the love story was just wrong. Firstly Johnny was too old for Baby so, if her parents disapproved of her relationship that’s just good parenting.

Secondly, Jennifer Grey constantly giggled and broke character and Patrick Swayze was certainly frustrated with this. This kinda doesn’t make this love story any more appealing.

Drop your comments about these fictional couples and their love story. Tell us what you think! Also, comment away any more problematic love stories and fictional couples you think should have made the list!

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