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The businessman and the prostitute. The greaser and the goody-goody. The avenger of justice and the whip-wielding villain intent on destroying Gotham. The meet-cute story is great and all, but these couples never would have made it in real life.

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Danny and Sandy, “Grease”

Guys: She changed every single thing about her personality (and started smoking!). We’re into the lycra pants and red mules, but the likelihood of a bad boy and bookish exchange student lasting long-term is about as probable as a car flying through space.

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Victor and Ilsa, “Casablanca”

It’s cinema’s most iconic love triangle, and ultimately Ilsa leaves town hurriedly with the wrong man--her Czech Resistance-allied husband. We believe in Casablanca II, Ilsa would have returned to North Africa to make more dewy eyes at Rick.

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Batman and Catwoman, “The Dark Knight Rises”

Okay, let’s get this straight: PTSD-afflicted captain of industry narrowly escapes death and decides to live happily ever after under an assumed name with a sprightly grifter who also doubles as a feline super-villain?

 

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Stella and Winston, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”

Sexy, 20-years-younger Taye Diggs and stockbroker Angela Bassett have a hot love connection in Jamaica, but there’s no way this relationship had legs. (Author Terry McMillan’s similar real-life situation ended badly.)

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Edward and Vivian, “Pretty Woman”

The film was originally called $3,000 and ended with a john pushing a prostitute out of his car and driving away. That’s more believable than Richard Gere and Julia Roberts riding away in a limo together.

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Hitch and Sara, “Hitch”

We’re seeing a big values disconnect between an investigative reporter and a professional liar, aka “date doctor.”

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Elaine and Ben, “The Graduate”

Dude. He slept with her mom.

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