Movie Characters Who Said "I Love You" Way, Way Too Quickly, Ranked By How Fast They Said It

Films are often designed to be an escape, so it makes sense cinematic courtships gloss over some of the more grounded aspects of dating. There are some unrealistic relationships on film, however, that go beyond ruining the suspension of disbelief for audiences. The characters fall in love too quickly – like way too quickly. 

Even some of the best romantic comedies of all time feature someone confessing their love for another within a week of meeting. And you might think such a trope would be limited to rom-coms, but that's absolutely not the case; a multitude of other genres offer prime examples of their own. It's one of those ubiquitous flaws in entertainment like poor characters living way above their means or any character who manages to hold a fully loaded coffee carrier in one hand without spilling. 

People shouldn't try to model their romantic lives off of whirlwind rom-com relationships, but they especially shouldn't try to emulate these movie characters who said "I love you" – or professed their love in any other manner – way too quickly.


  • Time elapsed before the L-bomb is dropped: none.

    In what simply must be a record, Ariel (Jodi Benson) tells her father she loves Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes) before she even meets him. To be fair, they do make physical contact once before she confesses her love for him; she saves him from drowning. And he does technically see her, even if it was in a delirious, oxygen-deprived state. Still, the couple doesn't even exchange pleasantries before Ariel tells her father she loves him. 

  • Time elapsed before the L-bomb is dropped: 12 hours.

    On the way to Elsa's coronation, Anna (Kristen Bell) meets the dashing Prince Hans (Santino Fontana) but quickly has to run after an awkward introduction. That evening after the coronation, the two dance and sing a song called "Love is an Open Door," which culminates with Hans saying, "Can I say something crazy? Will you marry me?" Anna responds, "Can I say something even crazier? Yes!"

    At least they both recognize how absurd the notion is. They rush off to ask Queen Elsa's blessing, who of course denies it due to the fact they are practically strangers. Anna says that doesn't matter because it's true love, which in her mind only takes 12 hours to blossom. 

  • Loretta And Ronny In 'Moonstruck'
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    Time elapsed before the L-bomb is dropped: 12 hours.

    When Loretta (Cher) meets Ronny (Nicolas Cage) – the estranged brother of her fiancé – he threatens to kill himself in front of her due his strained relationship with his sibling. Loretta invites Ronny up to her apartment to console him and cook for him, and a heated argument ends with Ronny kissing her. One thing leads to another, and the couple finds themselves in bed together.

    The next morning, Ronny tells Loretta he is falling in love with her. A few weeks later, Loretta's fiancé calls off the marriage, at which point Ronny (again, his brother) immediately proposes, and she accepts. That's amore! 

  • Rose And Finn In 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

    Time elapsed before the L-bomb is dropped: 24 hours.

    Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) is quite infatuated with Finn (John Boyega) when she meets him – until he tries to jump ship, that is. Her feelings quickly flip and she starts to harbor a burning hatred for him. Still, she is on a mission, and she convinces Finn to stay with the rebellion. 

    Antics ensue as they attempt to destroy the First Order's tracking device, and Rose saves Finn's life during a critical battle. With adrenaline running high, Rose tells Finn she loves him. Rose goes from crushing on Finn to absolutely hating his guts to professing her love for him, all within a 24-hour time span. 

  • Time elapsed before the L-bomb is dropped: 24 hours.

    David Huxley (Cary Grant) is an engaged paleontologist who meets Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) the day before his wedding. Susan immediately takes a liking to David, so she incites a series of shenanigans, ultimately landing the two in jail and causing David to miss his nuptials. 

    At the end of the film, Susan visits David at the museum and he promptly confesses his love for her. He says the day the spent in jail together was the best day of his life – emphasis on day; they knew each other for a whopping 24 hours, and that was enough to convince David she was the one for him. 

  • Time elapsed before the L-bomb is dropped: 24 hours, not including altered time.

    This one is a little complicated on account of the space-time continuum being repeatedly adjusted, but the eventual romance between Phil (Bill Murray) and Rita (Andie MacDowell) still presents a problem. While Phil relives the day countless times, Rita has really only experienced it once. When the film concludes with Phil taking Rita on a date, he sculpts her face out of snow and tells her he could have done it with his eyes closed. He then confesses her love for her, and she is all giddy about it.

    Outside of Movie World, any other woman's response to this act would likely be straight terror. Phil would seem like an insane, obsessed stalker, since he openly admits to knowing her face better than anything in the world.

    Now, Phil could have lived lifetimes for all we know, so it's not unreasonable for him to love Rita. What's unreasonable is for her to return that love, which is implied since she didn't run in horror from his admission of love. As far as she knows, this guy was a miserable coworker – now he loves her, and she's cool with it.