13 Movie Kisses That Made Everyone Ask, 'WTF?'

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Nothing sucks the air out of a movie faster than a supposedly romantic kiss that comes out of nowhere. It doesn't matter if you're watching a sci-fi epic or a '90s Disney movie about a kid blowing through a million dollars in a week, unnecessary romantic subplots are a surefire way to turn an audience against a movie in a matter of moments.

What determines whether or not a movie kiss is inexplicable? Many factors go into this sort of thing: Do the leads have chemistry? Has a romance between the characters been building throughout the film or does it just sort of happen out of nowhere? Is the kiss really creepy? Does it make your skin crawl? Is it boring? If you're asking yourself these questions while watching Angelina Jolie or Chris Evans kiss literally anyone, then you've stumbled upon an inexplicable movie kiss.

None of the following kisses are "good," but there are a few collected here that will make you want to spray the actors down with a firehouse just so they'll break it up.


  • It's hard to believe anyone has to say this, but adults and kids shouldn't be on any list about movie kisses. You wouldn't think that's a big, bold statement, but movies in the '80s and '90s were full of this kind of thing, with one of the most blatant versions of the events taking place in Blank Check. In this film, 12-year-old Preston gets his hands on a cool million dollars and uses it to buy a house, toys, and whatever else he wants. His spending spree immediately makes him a target of the FBI, who assume he's a part of a money laundering scheme.

    The FBI sends the sexy, adult agent Shay Stanley to investigate. After fending off a gangster who would very much like the million dollars, she has a heart-to-heart chat with Preston about how the important things in life have little to do with money and everything to do with the relationships people form with one another. Then she kisses him. It's legit crazy and incredibly illegal. You can literally chop the kiss out of this scene and the only thing that would change about the movie is that it wouldn't be a litmus test for creeps. Yikes.

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  • Howard the Duck is about as weird as it gets when it comes to big-budget theatrically released films. If you haven't watched this truly strange comic book movie, it's about an anthropomorphized alien duck who comes to Earth and falls in love with Lea Thompson.

    To make things even weirder, Thompson's character, Beverly, gets the full-on hots for this 3-foot-tall talking duck. About halfway through the movie, Howard stays the night with Bev and she puts some extreme moves on him. How extreme? Even Howard is crawling out of his skin by the end of the scene. The '80s were definitely weird, but this is something else entirely.

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    Finn And Rose Tico, ‘The Last Jedi’

    Of all the kisses in the Star Wars universe, this might be the most misguided. There are takes upon takes about The Last Jedi, but the one thing that unites audiences about the film is that it's pretty weird when Rose and Finn kiss after the Battle of Crait. Everything about this scene is technically romantic. The two leads are great. They're covered in sweat and ash from battle, and there's a dang explosion in the background right before the moment at hand. But then Rose plants a little kiss on Finn's lips and all the air is sucked out of the movie.

    The weirdness of this moment has nothing to do with Finn and Rose as characters (or John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran - they're both great), it's just that they have zero sexual chemistry on screen. Do we want to see them pulling off a space casino heist? Absolutely. But that doesn't mean they have to have a romantic relationship, too.

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  • John And Sarah, 'Red Notice'
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    Red Notice takes viewers on a globetrotting heist adventure with Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot. Reynolds plays an international thief, Johnson plays the FBI agent tracking him down, and Gadot plays the thief throwing the two men for a loop. As fun as this movie sounds, there is zero sexual chemistry between any of the actors on screen, and that's what makes the kiss so inexplicable.

    Spoilers for Red Notice to follow immediately: The film climaxes with the reveal that Johnson and Gadot have been working together since before the movie started. Johnson is actually a con man and Gadot is his partner in love and theft. The reveal comes hand in hand with a kiss between the two stars that's supposed to be a major reveal, but it's just kind of weird.

    John and Sarah share a kiss so devoid of passion that the only way to make sense of it is to believe Johnson and Gadot were individually green-screened into the film and smooshed together to form something like a kiss. If that turns out to be the case, we'll be team Red Notice until the sun explodes.

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  • The Tourist is an absolutely mind-boggling viewing experience. Johnny Depp plays Frank, a fuddy-duddy American who falls in love with the mysterious Elise, played by Angelina Jolie. It's sort of a comic romantic spy thriller. Maybe? It's not actually clear if the comedy is purposeful, but if you go into The Tourist looking for a serious thriller, you're in the wrong place. 

    Onto the kiss. There's a distinct lack of chemistry between Jolie and Depp that makes the whole film strange to watch. It doesn't help that Jolie is speaking with an exaggerated English accent not fit for human consumption. Right, the kiss. Stashed away in a European hotel room, Jolie leans in to lock lips with Depp, and in spite of the megaton amount of star power these two carry, the kiss is like watching two cardboard cut-outs rubbing faces with one another. The fact that there's a cutaway to Interpol agents taking pictures of them makes the whole thing even stranger. It's like the agents know how weird the scene is.

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  • Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter have a romance for the ages. The same can't be said of the "relationship" that Steve and Peggy's niece, Sharon, have. In Captain America: Civil War, Steve and many of his fellow Avengers go head-to-head with Tony Stark over legislation controlling the use of their powers. This stand-off is one of the most intriguing moments in the MCU and it asks fans to choose sides in a friendship-ruining showdown.

    Along the way, Steve gets help from the niece of his long-lost love. Sharon Carter is on the same moral wavelength as Steve, so it makes sense that the two are quick allies. However, the thing that doesn't track is the kiss Cap plants on Sharon at the end of the film. It's a strange moment, not only because Cap was in L-U-V love with Sharon's aunt, but also because they really just met. To complicate matters even more, when the Avengers defeat Thanos and Steve goes back in time to actually live his life, that technically makes him Peggy's uncle, right? It's best not to think about it.

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