Saturday, February 14, 2015

5 Underrated Movie Couples Worthy of More Love

Sandy and Danny from Grease. Rhett and Scarlett from Gone with the Wind. Jack and Rose from Titanic. The list of all-time swoon-worthy movie couples can go on and on. Yet it could be said that the pairings mentioned here are also a little overrated? The cinderella virgin changes her image for the high school jock. Gazillionaire Rhett Butler tries buying his way into spoiled Scarlett's heart only to say to hell with it all. Jack saves Rose in more ways than one and they end up at the bottom of the ocean together (sobs). For every favorite romantic duo, there are plenty more that deserved to make more hearts ache. Which is why for this day of love, I compiled a small list of underrated couples that deserve more ja'dore.

Kat and Patrick - 10 Things I Hate About You
Head over heels Cameron Jones (Joseph Gordon Levitt) vies for the attention of the selfish popular Bianca, who can't date unless her "heinous bitch" sister Kat (Julia Stiles) does. Matching up her anti-social feminist behavior to a mysterious troublemaker Patrick (Heath Ledger), their personalities clash at first before inevitably "falling in hate" with each other.

Before tumblr and snarky teenage films, there was this retelling of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. I'm pretty sure in smaller circles this movie is appreciated more, but there comes a time when one has to recognize that there was once a sarcastic couple before the hipster-cool Juno or John Green novels. Because they didn't play by the rules but instead made their own, Pat and Kat are mostly deemed as nobody's going nowhere and shouldn't be messed with. Their mistaken public personas help them find their other half who is just as misunderstood and a bit on the aggressive side. They have a rebellious honesty that wasn't so uncool it made them cool - they just are.

Paula and Elliot - The Goodbye Girl 
Set in New York City, dancer Paula (Marsha Mason) and her ten year old daughter Lucy welcome an Off-Broadway actor Elliot (Richard Dreyfuss) into their apartment as a renter. He, a bohemian meditative artist, battles personality-wise against she, protective single mother who have had men come into their lives, their hearts, and BAM! - hit the road. Over time as they get on each others' nerves and eventually that annoyance turns into adoration, it's wonderful to see how a couple learn to trust each other - even when one of them has to venture out on his own.

Evelyn and Rick O Connell - The Mummy
Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) is a smartypants librarian, who with her swindler brother Jonathan journey out into the middle of nowhere with an American gunslinger Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser). She has backbone, beauty and brains. Rick has plenty of swagger, an inevitability of facing death everywhere he goes, and works a gun like Han Solo knew his way around the Millenium Falcon. Waking an immortal enemy from the dead doesn't leave time for many things yet they fall for each other and slowly venture off into the sunset.

Rick and Evy are truly one of the best adventure couples, not only for the first film The Mummy but its sequel The Mummy Returns. Ever imagine how Indiana Jones and Marion would continue their trysts across the desert had the series been released as it was meant to be (Raiders of the Lost Ark after Temple of Doom). Rick and Evy return to her native England married and with a young son in tow. Yet she is still as fiesty as ever, he is still an adventurer, and they manage to kick another Ancient Egyptian's villains ass. Am I swooning in jealousy? Yes. Yes, I am.

Rachel and Luce - Imagine Me and You
Everyone remembers Brokeback Mountain. And, with the stunning performances between Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, it's not hard to be mesmerized by such a heartbreaking film. Yet released the same year and with little to almost no recognition there was another beautiful romance film starring two female characters falling in love: Imagine Me and You.

Rachel (Piper Perabo) is getting is married to Hector (Matthew Goode), and on their wedding day when surprised by a visit of the charming florist Luce (Lena Headey), the new bride's heart and attention is captivated by the beautiful redhead. Over a course of accidental outings and a bonding friendship, Rachel discovers her nonstop thoughts about Luce is more than just than but a true infatuation. It's love. Sentimental, funny, and definitely overlooked, Rachel and Luceare a refreshing down-to-earth couple in sea of misguided rom-coms that unite not in the most usual way possible but one of the sweetest.

Megara and Hercules - Hercules
As a young boy, Hercules is captured on Mt. Olympus and falls to Earth becoming a mere mortal. Once he discovers his place is actually among the Greek Gods, Hercules has to earn back his immortality. But there's two little problems: Hades (God of the Underworld) aimed for Zeus and a fiesty hellcat Megara - the latter of which is quite bewitching.

This isn't your usual Disney flick of boy-saves-girl jazz. Megara isn't the usual Damsel in Distress succumbing to a poisoned apple, bewitched spinning wheel, or barbaric beast. She is fed up with love. Even when she finds herself musing about Hercules, she won't admit it. Hercules isn't a no-personality prince. Strength and voracity isn't how he tugs on her heartstrings. By facing death and falling in love, Megara and Hercules don't try to change each other or become consumed in an all-perfect romance. They still ride off into the sunset like all royal Disney couples....but their happy-ever-after finale isn't earned in the stereotypical way.

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