We all want that memorable, amazing first kiss. It happens all the time on TV and in the movies, right? How come our first kisses tend to be awkward interludes that we can't wait to forget, or barroom trysts we can't possibly remember? Ben and Leslie from Parks and Recreation exemplify the perfect first kiss — unanticipated, unrestrained and memorable.
Jay and Gloria on Modern Family give us (often false) hope that we can obtain the unobtainable. Jay is the somewhat soft, somewhat balding middle-aged man who landed a not-of-this-world gorgeous Latina woman. While onlookers may assume that Jay acquired his Columbian goddess by way of his wallet, these two have a real and genuine affection for one another. That's a romantic suggestion a lot of us could do without.
We all want to marry Jim from The Office. He's tall, adorable, funny and smart. We also want someone who will drive to a gas station in a rain storm and get down on one knee to propose. And, who among us hasn't wished that our groom would whisk us off to a wedding ceremony devoid of dysfunctional relatives and coworkers? Why can't non-scripted guys be a little more like Jim?
You know what Love Actually? Screw you. Screw you for giving us countless examples of guys we're never going to meet and planting scenarios in our heads that are never going to happen. Dating is hard enough — that's an aggravation we could have really done without. Thanks for bringing us the super-successful and completely unobtainable guy...
Speaking of movie scenarios that put too much pressure on our real-life romances, let's not discount Jerry McGuire for bringing us "out of your league guy." Were we the only ones who thought Renee Zellweger and Tom Cruise had zero chemistry in this movie? Yet here this guy is, pouring his heart out in front of all of his sweetheart's friends, begging her to come back to him. Yeah, because that will happen. We're sure any day now we're going to open our living room doors and someone unbelievably attractive is going to tell us they can't live without us.
Hey, thanks He's Just Not That Into You for reminding us of all the crushes we've had, who didn't crush back. This movie rubs our noses in the fact that sometimes the guy you really want to get with, and who appears to want nothing to do with you, can, indeed, have a change of heart. We could grow old waiting for that to happen.
The Notebook left us asking our significant others, "Hey, why didn't you write me every day for a year?" and "Why don't you take me on a boat ride in the rain?" and "Why don't you look like Ryan Gosling?" Damn The Notebook! Even great relationships looked like a Kindergarten romance after we watched this movie.
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