Where’s The Chemistry?? Actors Who Didn’t Seem Right As Couples In Movies

July 25, 2013  |  
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The chemistry between Larenz Tate and Nia Long in Love Jones was poetically priceless. We felt warm and fuzzy, and wanted to snuggle up next to our boo after seeing that film. When we watch a movie like that, the characters and their chemistry must seem real to us. If there is a love scene or love interest between two actors that makes us cringe, then that means the film directors missed their mark completely when picking the cast members. Unfortunately, there are many films where the on-screen couple just didn’t make cinematic sense and we found ourselves focusing more on the mix-match pairing than the plot of the movie. Drumroll please! Some of the not-quite-right, movie couples that distracted us the most are . . .  .

Tyler Perry and Gabrielle Union in Good Deeds

Sure, Tyler Perry shed some weight and even packed on some muscle for his role as a businessman jolted out of a mundane life when he meets a cleaning lady in his office. But his love interest, Gabrielle Union, is not his caliber, no matter the swagger-esque glasses he dons. And don’t get us started on that sex scene when they were getting it in in front of the window….awkward.

Tyler Perry and Sharon Leal in Why Did I Get Married 1 And 2

Tyler plays a doctor who feels his wife, Sharon Leal, chose her career over their family. Their arguments seem overly acted and unbelievable, and all we want to do is see him leave her for his colleague – you know the one who remembered his birthday?

Queen Latifah and Common in Just Wright

Queen plays a physical therapist who is secretly smitten with the injured basketball player she’s working for. The pair move from good friends to a romantic item, all of which doesn’t seem to be realistic. Plus, Common’s super smooth demeanor and sex appeal is stunted by his lackluster acting skills.


Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart in all the Twilight Movies

Kristen plays Bella, an impressionable teen who can’t get enough of Edward Cullen, a pale, sparkling vampire. The breathy love scenes are sappy and overdone, despite the fact the two were a couple in real life. I think we all know Kristen’s non-acting behind was the one to drag this pair down.

Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly in Flight

Denzel’s character, a drunken airline pilot,  took an unusual interest in recovering addict Kelly Reilly. Aside from sharing the fight in battling an addiction, there was really no reason to feel sad when she eventually left him because of his refusal to stop drinking like a fish.

Kerry Washington and Eddie Murphy in A Thousand Words

The majority of the time, Eddie can’t talk in this film, let alone try to come across as a realistic hubby to on-screen wife, Kerry Washington. She dreams of a new home and more family time, while we’re thinking she’d just up and bounce seeing as though Eddie isn’t putting her first.

Tasha Smith and Romeo in Jumping the Broom

Stella should not have gotten her groove back in this film! This is straight up cougar town. Romeo is  looking like a wee, little boy, and Tasha Smith is a cradle robber. When that weak kiss occurred between these two there was no magic involved, which makes for a lackluster on-screen love interest.

Ashley Judd and Dwayne Johnson in The Tooth Fairy

Why would they pair hottie Dwayne Johnson with pie-faced, home-country-cooking-looking Ashley Judd? Older sister, yes but not love interest. The on-screen chemistry just wasn’t there and is evident in The Rock’s cheesy grin, which he flashes throughout the majority of the film. Too bad his good looks couldn’t mask the awkwardness of this couple.

Beyoncé and Idris Elba in Obsessed

You can tell Beyoncé’s singing schedule made little wiggle room for this pair to practice until they got the chemistry right. They just go through the motions, and the love scenes are awkward and dull to watch. There’s more heat with his obsessed stalker.

Will Smith and Eva Mendez in Hitch

Foxy Eva plays the love interest of matchmaker Will Smith, but even they could not pull off the illusion of love. We could easily see them as friends, with all the mishaps that occur while they go out. Even the scene at the end, where Will attempts to win her back is downright disappointing.

Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thorton in Monster’s Ball

The frequent sex scenes Halle did with Billy Bob were, in a word, disgusting to watch. You couldn’t change the channel fast enough if you tried. It did win Halle an Oscar though. She must be very proud…

Halle Berry and Benjamin Bratt in Catwoman

Where is the heat and passion in this movie? A bunch of fake flirting doesn’t count. Aside from this being a breakthrough film where the main character of a superhero film is black, you would think pairing a gorgeous African American woman with a hot Latin guy would do the trick. Not so much.

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