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17 Onscreen Couples With No Chemistry

Updated June 14, 2019 73.4k votes 13.2k voters 630.5k views17 items

List RulesVote up the cinematic couples in which the actors are most obviously not into each other at all.

Chemistry is key in the world of cinema, whether the film in question is a romantic comedy or a steamy drama about a sulking billionaire and the ingénue he obsesses over. Even if the movie's dialogue or plot leave room for improvement, a pair of actors who click can make it work. That’s why watching actors with no onscreen chemistry is such a nightmare. Not only is it depressing to watch two people who clearly dislike each other pretend to be in love, but it also takes all the magic out of a film. Film couples who hate each other are often worse than those who are just neutral - it's nearly impossible to get lost in a story if you're wondering about the drama that erupted when the cameras stopped rolling.

Movie couples with no chemistry might actually dislike each other, or they just might not be able to fake that spark. There’s no way to know why these onscreen couples don’t work well on screen, but there’s plenty of room to speculate. Vote up the cinematic couples in which the actors are so not into it, they might as well not even be there.

  • Angelina Jolie And Johnny Depp In "The Tourist"
    Photo: GK Films

    While filming the romantic spy thriller The Tourist, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp were rumored to have had intense dislike for each other. Jolie supposedly took issue with Depp's late night parties and scruffy appearance, while Depp reportedly found his co-star "full of herself."

    Maybe that icy relationship translated to the screen - in his review of The Tourist, Roger Ebert said that "Depp plays his Wisconsin math teacher as a man waiting for the school bell to ring so he can go bowling."

    Did they lack chemistry?
  • Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman were rumored to be dating while they filmed Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but that real-life sizzle fizzled on screen. The script didn't help, as audiences were forced to sit through long scenes involving Princess Amidala and Anakin Skywalker going for dates on a grassy planet full of elephant horses.

    Their lack of spark even inspired a series of blogs about why Attack of the Clones is the worst Star Wars movie to date.

    Did they lack chemistry?

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  • Chris O'Donnell And Renée Zellweger In "The Bachelor"
    Photo: New Line Cinema

    The Bachelor hinges on an eyebrow-raising premise: Chris O'Donnell has to get married to someone before a specific date or he'll lose all of his money. Reviews called him "painfully unfunny," and noted his lack of chemistry with costar Renée Zellweger. 

    Did they lack chemistry?
  • Justin Guarini And Kelly Clarkson In "From Justin To Kelly"
    Photo: 20th Century Fox

    These two American Idol contestants apparently dated for a while, but none of that chemistry made it to the screen. The film itself - a modern take on a 1960s-style musical - was a notorious flop that was nominated for multiple Razzie Awards.

    Did they lack chemistry?