One of the most popular movie genres in Hollywood is the romantic comedy, with moments from certain films even being considered iconic. They’re fun to watch and tend to leave us feeling a little warm and fuzzy on the inside at the end.
However, when we think about it critically, a lot of the tropes that are common in these films seem nice on screen, but would give off scary vibes in real life. These people on Reddit shared the creepiest things that are deemed “romantic” in movies.
Homewrecking Is The New Black!
“Pursuing someone who is already in a relationship.”
In real life, if you actively tried to pursue someone who was in a relationship, you’d probably be considered a total scumbag, but on screen, it’s “about true love.”
It’s The Toxicity For Me
“Having scream-fighting matches with your partner constantly because you’re both ‘so passionate’ like in The Notebook…like nah, bro. You’re just incompatible. It isn’t cute.”
Movies often make it seem like drama is essential to love, but in reality, understanding and respecting each other is key.
Do. Not. Sing. For. Them.
“Serenading them at their doorstep.”
I once was serenaded by a guy, and it was undoubtedly one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life. I wanted to bolt because it was so bad and awkward.
The Timing Is Actually So Selfish
“Stopping someone’s wedding and asking them to be with you. Really? You couldn’t shoot your shot before the wedding? It’s not a surprise event. You’re really going to embarrass everyone involved and destroy their wedding day when you could have just shown up last Wednesday?”
Nothing Like A Little Jail Time!
“Breaking through airport security to profess your love. Have fun getting tased and sent to prison, you idiot.”
Yeah, in a post-9/11 era, running through security to profess your love would get you sent to Guantanamo.
Isn’t It So Romantic To Be Manipulated?
“Those elaborate plots that trick the other person into falling for you.”
If you ever have to “trick” someone into loving you, that means that they don’t really like you and you’re manipulating them. If someone’s not into you, let them go.
An Utter Lack Of Professionalism
“Therapists dating or having sex with their patients. ‘Oh, but they have such a deep connection!’ No, that’s a malpractice lawsuit in the making.”
Therapy is nothing like it’s shown in the movies—it’s mostly you crying in a chair.
Nana And Uncle Ken Are Turned On By It
“When ‘couples’ are fake dating and trying to convince their family, then the family forces them to kiss in front of everyone to prove their love. No family would ever do this in real life, it’s weird. Like, please make out in front of Nana and your Uncle Ken.”
Had They Heard Of The Phone?
“Romantically throwing rocks at someone’s window to get their attention. Bruh, you better be ready to pay for insurance!”
There has to be a better way to get someone’s attention. Perhaps a phone call?
Debt For No Good Reason
“Surprising your partner with massive financial decisions. If you don’t mind, I’d like to weigh in before you buy me a car or a house!”
I would literally murder my partner if he took money from our bank account and committed to a 15-year mortgage.
This Is My Nightmare
“An overdramatic proposal in front of a bunch of strangers.”
The thing about a public proposal is that it puts the recipient in a very awkward position if they want to say no.
Looking At You, Twilight
“Extremely old vampires dating 16-year-olds.”
Even if the vampire technically has the same body as a teenager, there’s something deeply disturbing about pursuing a child if you’ve lived over 100 years.
They Are Just Doing Their Job!
“Hitting on a client or customer. In movies, the employee who does that is often charming and good looking and it is reciprocated. In real life, it is a fast way to get fired.”
Love? Not Actually
“Using posters to declare your love for your best mate’s wife. I mean, Christmas is the time to tell the truth.”
Even when I was younger, this scene made me so uncomfortable.
It’s Actually So Gross And Weird
“Forced kisses to shut up. My guy, she’s being emotional and trying to work through her feelings and all you do is claim her lips. No.”
A lack of healthy communication is not sexy!
Please Just Move On
“Obsessive and unrequited love sometimes spanning YEARS that ultimately succeeds because the less interested party gets worn down and realizes they’re a big dummy and they loved them after all.”
This Is A Noise Complaint Waiting To Happen
“Standing outside someone’s window blaring music at some unholy hour—like, 98% of people have at least one neighbor who would call the cops if someone pulled that stunt in real life.”
Showering Is The Way
“Maybe more disgusting than creepy, but having spontaneous sex and then just putting their clothes back on and going about their day without even cleaning themselves up. Like, ew, you’re really just running around like that.”
This Is Crossing Boundaries
“Turning up at your door with flowers. I once had a guy do this to me—I’d canceled the first date because I got a creepy vibe from him. He stalked me online, found my address, drove three hours, and turned up with a dozen red roses. Luckily, I got a family member to answer the door and say I wasn’t there.”
All In All, They Are Not The Blueprint
“It’s almost a better question to ask what isn’t creepy.”
Romantic comedies are entertaining to watch from time to time, but it’s important that we know that they’re unrealistic and often perpetuate unhealthy relationships. Maybe we should try to make movies that show more normal relationships…