There isn’t a shortage of terrible couples in film. You know the ones: the couples that have may have started off well but descended or couples that should never have even been together in the first place. Some are intentionally bad and some are bad despite the desperate attempt on the film’s part to present them as positive. To encourage healthy relationship choices, here are some of the worst couples on film.
Sandy and Danny (Grease)
Whenever anyone suggests that the ending scenes are a positive result, I have to question whether they saw the same movie I did. Granted Grease was made in the 1970s and set in the 1950s but that doesn’t make them any less of a terrible couple. Danny is a self-obsessed, immature boy driven by entirely selfish motivations. He initially pretends he doesn’t know Sandy only to try and pursue her in some of the worst ways possible, he’s still hung up on his ex and he only proposes in order to have sex with her. The worst part is when she still says no, he tries to force her anyway. Despite all that the film acts as if a Sandy with an appearence tailored to his needs is a justified reward for a character that is an attempted rapist. I would say this should’ve strictly been a summer romance but that’s still too good for Danny Zucko.
Andy & Nate (The Devil Wears Prada)
I can relate to the struggle this couple face. The situation is an extreme version of my own: I’m trying to build my career which has meant delaying the moving in stage of my relationship with my boyfriend in order to build my experience and create a better life. It’s not a particularly easy thing to do but we mutually support each other and make it work. Ever since this started a month or so ago, I realise how much I despised Andy and Nate as a couple in The Devil Wears Prada. Andy is trying to build her career and as the movie goes on Nate becomes decreasingly supportive of her job despite pushing her in the beginning. The icing on the cake is when he dumps her for not being present on his birthday. Yeah it’s not a great move but he knew what he signed up for. His self-centred attitude made me feel quite irritated when they agree to start dating again.
Bella and Edward (Twilight franchise)
I never ever thought I would say this but this couple is not the worst on my list. That said, they are still an unbelievably terrible couple. Edward is initially hostile to Bella, admits that he wants to kill her, stalks her, watches her sleep, isolates her from her friends and blames her for his losses of behavioural control. Her reaction? “You’re so hot. I know there’s good in you. Let me throw away my life for you.” Couples that want to be together 24/7 rarely work out in real life but for whatever reason the Twilight franchise present it as a positive because at least they marry before they bang. The only reason anyone should use Twilight as a resource is to teach teenagers how not to have a relationship.
Christian Grey & Anastasia Steel (50 Shades franchise)
This is definitely the absolute worst couple on my list. Edward Cullen has issues for sure but it’s dialed to 11 in Christian Grey’s character. He’s possessive, controlling to the nth degree, manipulative and unbelievably self-centered. He uses his BDSM interests as a means of abuse which is downright offensive to the real-life BDSM community. Being a Dominant doesn’t mean you treat your submissive the way Christian does to Ana. It’s the kind of activity that requires communication, safety and most importantly full consent. There’s an overused internet joke that sums the situation up well: if Christian Grey wasn’t wealthy then he’d be a villain on an episode of Criminal Minds.
Now I know what fans of 50 Shades will say: “But Jen, it’s just a fantasy. Calm down. It’s harmless.” Are you telling me that being controlled, possessed and abused by a domineering man is how you want to live your life? Do you want to be an unwitting prisoner at the wims of a man who gives little care for your own needs? That’s, for lack of a better word, tragic.
What are your least favourite movie couples?