It's almost Valentine's Day, and that means love is in the air, its intoxicating effects filling our hearts with romance, candy hearts, and strange stirrings -- or, as in the case of these logic-defying movie pairings, frightening, confusing, and/or scarring us for life.
So, because love is weird, we bring you 11 of the most eyebrow-raising movie couples we've ever seen on the big screen.
Like us, lots of people love this offbeat indie, in which a suicidal 20-year-old learns to appreciate life thanks to a freewheeling 79-year-old, but the match-up also gives plenty of us the willies. Along with the ambiguously romantic vibe, it's hard to watch "Harold and Maude" without thinking about how, just a few years before in “Rosemary's Baby,” Gordon was in league with Satan!
Remember when Michael Caine would say yes to anything? (Like “Jaws: The Revenge?”) Here's one more he should have turned down because it finds him getting busy in the sand with his friend's teenage daughter, who's best friends with his own daughter, and they're all on vacation together. Yech!
There's no end of stomach-churning violence in this Scorsese offering, but one of the most nauseating aspects was when gorgeous, statuesque Stone begins an affair with the far-from-GQ Pesci, just to get back at hubby Robert De Niro.
Stick-thin Gwyneth Paltrow wore a fat suit in this Farrelly Brothers misfire that proves... what exactly? It does put her more on par with Jack Black (whose character is not just schlubby, but a Class-A jerk, until he learns to embrace inner beauty) but is still a giant WTF?
Long before Woody Allen left Mia Farrow for Soon-Yi, he was romancing young girls in his films, including this one, in which he (at 42) is dating 17-year-old Mariel Hemingway. He eventually dumps her for the more appropriately aged Diane Keaton, but still.
This is one of those screen couples we really wish had kept things platonic. We did not need the mental image of Lea Thompson making out with a giant duck. Or a guy in a duck suit. Either way, it's not pretty.
The dragon in this fractured fairy tale is one very, very lonely lady to fall for the first guy who wanders into her lair, especially when he's one-tenth her size and not even remotely the same species. Sometimes a sense of humor is all you need.
Talk about your dysfunctional marriages. We have to wonder how on Earth these two ever got together in the first place. He's brooding and violent, she's mousy and given to screaming whenever he tries to kill her with an axe. What we wouldn't give to see their wedding photo! (One possibility.)
One of the hilarious turn of events in this classic video game mash-up is when squeaky clean Fix-It Felix. (Jack McBrayer) ventures out of his 32-bit game and falls for tough Sgt. Calhoun (Jane Lynch) of the far more advanced "Hero's Duty" game, since they shouldn't be compatible on any level.
This is one love match that no one in Middle Earth saw coming: An elf and a dwarf? Inconceivable! Sure, he's the hottest dwarf she's ever seen and she's never quite fit in with the Mirkwood set, but this romance, created just for the film, is definitely not Tolkien-approved.
In another movie, these two would have made a dynamite couple, but it's hard to believe that Leigh's character would dump her fiance for Sinatra's, who's a visible wreck: Sweaty, shaky, and distracted, all after-effects of being brainwashed by the enemy. The “pick-up” scene is so odd that some, including Roger Ebert, speculated that she must have been part of the vast conspiracy and not just a lovestruck stranger.