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Top 7 Most Unrealistic Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day

By mikeadamick |

Ah, Valentine’s Day … no, I’m not even going to start. I actually like Valentine’s Day. I’m all for everyday gestures and kindness, but I’m also a fan of big gestures and even, sure, a little pre-scripted romance time.

People complain about VD being too contrived, but I always think: What’s wrong with more romance? (And by VD, I mean Valentine’s Day, not the other one. See? Romantic.)

But that said … there are a few things — a few movies — that I find almost too unrealistic to be romantic, and every year I’m sure to keep them off any serious chill-out, movie time plans we might have.

Usually these things strike a wrong chord for me because the characters have one of those totally unbelievable arguments about something incredibly innocuous and instead of just sitting down for five minutes and talking that crap out, it becomes a major plot point that continues to pull them apart.

This drives me batty. I can’t suspend my disbelief that much.

However, my Number One Least Realistic Romantic Movie (see No. 1 slot in show below) doesn’t actually do this. There is plenty to pull these two apart in a believable sense and yet, at the same time … well, I’ll let you decide if you agree.

So here are my Top 7 Most Unrealistic Romantic Movies from the recent era or, basically, things not to cuddle up to on Valentine’s Day.

What movie that was supposed to be romantic struck a wrong chord with you?

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Top 7 Most Unreleastic Romantic Movies

Love Actually

Please. Don't kill me. I love this sappy movie, and yet ... there's that one storyline where the guy is in love with his best friend's wife and pursues her. In real life, best friends just let it go and do. not. do. anything. It always strikes me as too much. But then I forget and get all happy again when I think of the love story between the manager and his rock star, or the writer and his maid. Oh, I need to go watch this again.


Mike Adamick writes at Cry It Out! and is on the Facepack.



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7 thoughts on “Top 7 Most Unrealistic Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day

  1. Robert says:

    Wow, a woman marrying a total jerk and staying with him. That’s so completely unrealistic, that never happens in real life! Next your going to tell me that a man would never marry a woman based on just looks – no way.

  2. Ziggy says:

    Most of these movies are very good (and Titanic is excellent). The most unrealistic romance stories involve a women meeting a tall, good-looking rogue or tough guy and turning him into a loving, thoughtful mate for all time. This includes spies, pirates, adventurers, monsters, cowboys, and prince/kings. In the stories the rogues remain rogues except for the heroine who he eventually treats like an angel. I have no life experience where this has actually ever happened. What I have seen is many women end up in bad situations with handsome but violent, mean men that makes their lives a living hell until they either come to their senses and leave, or they end up in the hospital. Mean people are mean to EVERYONE including mates and kids. These stories and movies send a VERY BAD message and a lie. For a good example see “The Beauty and the Beast” or “Pillow Talk”. Fantasy and nonsense.

  3. DKJ says:

    If you really want some unrealistic movies, see those from Bollywood…. OMG. And they depict stuff that would probably get a couple arrested if done on the real streets of India!

  4. cindy says:

    Ahhhhh come on do we have to wallow in reality all the flippin time? I love all those movies. They made me smile, sometimes cry, and some laugh out loud. and all of them made me go ahhhhhhhh!!! Lighten up.

  5. citizenval says:

    Agrees with most of your critiques. Legends of the Fall did not have three handsome sons, just one. Reinacted Titanic story is haunting because it is factual.

  6. Diana G says:

    I canm’t believe that The Lake House was left out, talk about unrealistic. I love the actores but he plot is totally wacko

  7. Marie says:

    “Does any family have three boys that incredibly handsome? I don’t think so.”

    Two words for you: Hemsworth brothers!

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