There's never a lack of awful romantic comedy characters in Hollywood. From the grating best friend to the lousy ex-boyfriend who returns at the end of Act Two, the battle for worst romantic comedy characters has waged for years.
But what about when the worst character is the romantic lead? All too often, the supposed protagonist's behavior can veer from from puppy love into straight-up-stalker territory. As thin as the line is between love and hate, it's even thinner when separating romance from mania. These characters shouldn't win their lovers back by the time the credits roll; best case scenario, they should take some time alone. In the most extreme instances, they belong behind bars.
There are so many romantic comedy characters who didn't deserve a happy ending. Just be warned – once you read this, you'll never see a rom-com the same way again.
Carrie From Four Weddings And A FuneralPhoto: Rank Film Distributors
Carrie (Andie MacDowell) and Charles (Hugh Grant) meet at a wedding. They sleep together. He finds out she's engaged, but that doesn't stop him from developing real feelings for her. Carrie keeps twisting the knife into poor Charles's heart by hooking up with him and bringing him along wedding dress shopping.
Right before her wedding, Charles opens his heart to Carrie in that wonderful, stammering Hugh Grant way. She turns him down, and then some – she invites him to her wedding. That marriage falls apart, of course, but at the end of the film, he should have just left her in the rain.Agree or disagree?
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Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) have a fairytale romance over vacation. It should've ended right when they reunited and Danny acts like a jerk to protect his reputation.
Instead, Sandy decides to completely transform herself into the vampy "cool chick" of Danny's dreams. It's sad to see her dumb herself down (and begin smoking!) in order to win back her oafish fling.Agree or disagree?
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Maggie (Julia Roberts) is the definition of a serial monogamist. She's left three fiances at the altar so far, and is gearing up to try to marry the fourth. Enter Ike (Richard Gere), a journalist who decides to do a story on her. The two fall in love, and eventually do make it to the altar.
This is a woman with clear commitment issues. Marriage isn't for everyone, and she needs to accept that it just isn't something she wants for herself. There's absolutely nothing wrong with casual dating, Maggie.Agree or disagree?
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When you date a lead singer of a rock band, you might not expect commitment. However, you can and should expect basic courtesy. Janet (Bridget Fonda) gets none of that from Citizen Dick frontman Cliff (Matt Dillon).
By the movie's end, she admits that she's looking for a man to say "bless you" when she sneezes. Cliff does so, and voila, all is forgiven. Instead of winning over a charming young woman, Cliff should be turned down by 40-year-old divorcees while fronting a Candlebox cover band.Agree or disagree?