Things That Seem Romantic In Movies But Would Be Creepy In Real Life

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!

couple talking while man looks on in envy
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Photo Credit: Pexels / Elle Hughes // Text Credit: Reddit / Mango_Soda

“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

couple dramatically arguing in park
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Photo Credit: Pexels / Vera Arsic // Text Credit: Reddit / sloth_warlock85

“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.

man playing guitar
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Photo Credit: Pexels / splitshire // Text Credit: Reddit / PM-Me_HappyThoughts

“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

bride and groom kissing at wedding
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Photo Credit: Pexels / Jonathan Borba // Text Credit: Reddit / Squirrel0009

“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!

people walking through airport terminal
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Photo Credit: Pexels / skitterphoto // Text Credit: Reddit / CTHeinz

“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?

man and woman walking and holding hands
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Photo Credit: Pexels / Jasmine Carter // Text Credit: Reddit /MightyCaseyStruckOut

“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

man talking to female therapist
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Photo Credit: Pexels / cottonbro // Text Credit: Reddit / against_underscores

“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

family holiday dinner
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Photo Credit: Pexels / Nicole Michalou // Text Credit: Reddit / Ouchpotato97

“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?

pile of small rocks
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Photo Credit: IR Solyanaya // Text Credit: Reddit / martigrxs

“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

man holding out set of car keys
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Photo Credit: Pexels / Negative Space // Text Credit: Reddit / friendlyarmada

“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

man proposing to woman
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Photo Credit: Pexels / Ramtin Ak // Text Credit: Reddit / jackiea40

“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

bella and edward from Twilight
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Photo Credit: moviestillsdb / Summit // Text Credit: Reddit / goldengoose246

“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!

female bartender with drinks
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Photo Credit: Pexels / Elevate // Text Credit: Reddit / Dabrigstar

“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

to me you are perfect scene still in love actually
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Photo Credit: moviestillsdb / Universal // Text Credit: Reddit / emsquad

“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

man and woman kissing
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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Cassie Lopez // Text Credit: Reddit / Aunt_Gladys

“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

red rose on top of papers
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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Annie Spratt // Text Credit: Reddit / buttercupvibes

“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

still of man holding boombox over head in Say Anything
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Photo Credit: moviestillsdb / 20th Century Fox // Text Credit: Reddit / CatherineConstance

“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

couple getting intimate in bed
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Photo Credit: Pexels / W R // Text Credit: Reddit / Yoguls

“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

bouquet of red flowers
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Photo Credit: Pexels / Karolina Grabowska // Text Credit: Reddit / hsbrax1

“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

film set clapboard
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Photo Credit: Pexels / Obregonbia D. Toretto // Text Credit: Reddit / guy3000

“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…