The Most Unconvincing Onscreen Romances in Chick Flicks

Unfortunately, women force most men at one time or another in their lives to watch a chick flick. Whether the man accepts in order to get some booty after the movie, or to get permission from that special female to be allowed to watch the game on Sunday, men everywhere have had to such it up and take one for the team.

Most straight men hate chick flicks, meaning agreeing to see said film must have an excellent payout.


The worst part about chick flicks is that 90% of them have cheesy predictable plots where the guy gets the girl in the end, no matter what differences between them exist and in spite of the odds stacked against him.

Sometimes the onscreen chemistry works, I mean, I never really enjoyed Titanic due to its extreme cheesiness, but Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio at least had a somewhat believable chemistry. She didn’t look like she wanted to vomit in his mouth during the make-out scene.

What makes these brutal kitschy chick flick bags of dog crap EVEN WORSE is the director expecting the audience to suspend their disbelief and accept that the love interests in said film have any sort of believable chemistry when they obviously don’t.

Some on screen romances are so miscast it disturbs the soul. While this list could be endless and interchangeable, the following five are among the worst chick flick offenders in terms of bad chemistry.

5. Gigli (2003)

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez

I feel sorry for you if you actually saw Gigli. Not only was this film a huge financial disaster, only grossing $6 million with a budget of $56 million, this load of crap was universally panned by critics as both one of the worst movies of 2003 and of all time.

The chemistry onscreen between off the set couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez made audiences worldwide throw a little bit in their mouths. Many critics labeled the romance in Gigli as gut wrenchingly terrible.


4. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal

The only man and man unbelievably bad onscreen chemistry duo to grace our list, our choice has nothing to do with homophobia or the like. If you are forced to watch this movie with your lady friend, it’s not the homosexuality (well, it could be if you’re the homophobe), it’s the bad chemistry.

While critics all pretty much liked Brokeback Mountain, and Ang Lee brought home some Oscars, some found the connection between the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as not believable.


3. The Holiday (2006)

Jack Black & Kate Winslet

This is nothing against actor Jack Black, the talented, humorous, and wonderful man who also fronts comedy rock duo Tenacious D. No, this has everything to do with expecting us to believe that Kate Winslet could fall for our lovable but troll-like friend Black.

This kitschy movie also suffers from other typical symptoms of lame chick flick clunkers, including a totally predictable ending.


2. The Ugly Truth (2009)

Gerard Butler & Katherine Heigl

The Ugly Truth suffers from awful, terrible on screen chemistry and the same predictable chick flick plot. Claudia Pulg, a film critic for USA Today, wrote that “The film is so predictable that it might as well have been written as a test classroom exercise in RomCom101.”

Katherine Heigl is sure nice to look at, but probably couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag with scissors in her hands. Gerard Butler is better suited for killing Persians in ancient Greece, than stinking up theatres as a wannabe lead romantic role.


1. Lost in Translation (2003)

Bill Murray & Scarlet Johansson

Now, I know that AMOG might get some flack from readers who actually liked this meaningless movie, and many might disagree with this being labeled as a true chick flick, but the chemistry between Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson in Lost in Translation is truly terrible, SO terrible that the duo land at number one on our list.

Scarlet looks like she is imagining warm, sandy beaches and ice cold mojitos while embracing and kissing comedy great Bill, because there’s no possible way she could be enjoying the moment.

Yeah, yeah, two lost people in a foreign land, it could be romantic, could be a platonic my ass. I didn’t believe any of it for a second. Watch this video, do you think this could happen in real life? With any luck, you would have fallen asleep before the final scene came on.


Any other chick flicks that you’d say our unbelievable?

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  1. HeartOfGold says:

    I'll go along with you on all of them but #3. I loved "The Holiday!" It's one of my fave Christmas movies, right behind "A Christmas Story." And I totes believe Kate and Jack. Pudgy, sweet smart guy and gorgeous woman is practically the rule in L.A. coupledom, unless it's a publicity hook-up ala the Tom Cruises, or the Aniston-Mayer fiasco.

  2. Landon says:

    Katherine Heigl couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag? What! She is a fantastic actress who is equally adept at drama and comedy. The woman has an Emmy, two Golden Globe nominations….you must be nuts. She is excellent in The Ugly Truth, and elevates the movie.

  3. Bob says:

    Yah Heigl is not that great of an actress. I do agree with that.

  4. Leatha Rozo says:

    Sucks for Katherine. Her SO won’t listen to her anymore