Have you ever watched a movie as a teen, thought it was amazingly romantic, and then tried to watch it again as an adult only to be really creeped out or disgusted by the behaviour of the characters you loved? Buzzfeed has actually put together a list of 16 movies that it’s readers felt that way about. One in particular really stuck out for me, and that was 16 Candles. The fact that the big dreamy hunk gives his drunk girlfriend to another guy and says ‘have fun’ always rubbed me the wrong way, but apparently many other folks thought so too! I posted 10 below and you can click here to see the full list!
- All of Mark’s behaviour towards Juliet in Love, Actually, including his declaration of love at the end. “There’s nothing more weird and creepy than that. SHE WAS HIS BEST FRIEND’S BRIDE. Why do people romanticize that so much ? To me, it looks like a beginning of a creepy thriller movie.”
- Sandy showing up at the carnival with her new look in Grease. “When I was a kid I was obsessed with Grease and the Sandy/Danny relationship. Now when she shows up at the carnival in her sexy outfit and curly hair, I get so frustrated. The message is clearly ‘you need to change yourself to find love’ and that sucks so much.”
- Sebastian and Annette’s romance in Cruel Intentions, considering the fact that she was initially being used as part of a game he was playing. “I thought it was so romantic how he changed for her once he realised he was in love. But really, if I found out a guy was only interested in me because of some sick game I’d be outraged, even if he insisted he was now in love with me.”
- The romance between Josie and Sam in Never Been Kissed. “When I was younger I thought Never Been Kissed was so cute… then I watched it as an adult. The teacher was in love with Josie BEFORE he knew she was an adult.”
- When Joe tells Kathleen he knew she was Shopgirl for a while and had kept it to himself in You’ve Got Mail. “She’s so happy she cries, and when the movie first came out, I loved that moment. Now I think the whole concept is creepy, and manipulative, and stalkerish. I think there needs to be another scene added where she says, “Wait, how long have you known?? When you were giving me all the advice? WTF?? What is WRONG with you!?”
- When Andy apologizes to Nate in The Devil Wears Prada and it seems like they’re going to reconcile. “Really? They fell out because her boyfriend couldn’t deal with her doing well in her job!”
- When Noah hangs off the ferris wheel and won’t get himself to safety unless Allie agrees to go out with him in The Notebook. “I thought it was this grand, romantic gesture but it’s actually super manipulative and creepy.”
- When Edward confesses to sneaking into Bella’s room and watching her sleep in Twilight. “Edward would literally break into Bella’s house and watch her sleep without her permission or knowledge. I used to think it was cute but now I just cringe watching it.”
- The plot of The Wedding Planner. “How is the whole plot not completely messed up? I remember thinking it was so romantic when I was in 6th grade, but now I can’t stand it!”.
- When Jake and Sam get together at the end of Sixteen Candles despite all of Jake’s super-disturbing behavior. “I loved Jake Ryan so much and I would swoon at the end when he kisses Sam over the birthday cake. But. Like…NO. This boy gave his drunk girlfriend to another boy and told him to do whatever he wanted with her because she was too drunk to remember. RUN AWAY SAM.”
Feel free to add your own movies to the list in the comments below!