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June 20, 2011


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Tung Yin

Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in "Top Gun" were pretty bad, so much so that whenever I watch it on DVD, I skip all the ground scenes and just watch the flying parts.

Pierce Brosnan (aka 007) and Denise Richards in "The World is Not Enough" solely because Ms. Richards was absurdly bad, though this was a Bond movie so maybe it doesn't count as a "romantic" pairing.

On the good side, Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo in "The Thomas Crown Affair" sizzled in an unusual (for Hollywood) demographic -- those in their 40s.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe in "The Last of the Mohicans."


"Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in "Top Gun" were pretty bad"

Yes, but that's because that's not the "real" romantic couple in the movie!

As for a good couple, I'd recommend Jean Rochefort and Anna Galiena in one of my favorite films, "The Hairdresser's Husband" (annoying not available on netflix.)


Some of the best movie pairings seem to feature people who have a sizzling on-screen "chemistry" with each other, such as the Hepburn & Tracy movies.

Conversely, some of the worst movie pairings seem to feature people who are Hollywood-mismatched for the theme of the movie (e.g., think about seeing Bette Midler and Jerry Seinfeld in a gory horror film; it just doesn't seem to fit with their images as performing comedians).

Ummm ... of course, there are also some other noteworthy pairings, such as the Lone Ranger and Trigger! Hahaha!

Matthew Reid Krell

Given the quality of Portman and Christensen's other work, I'm inclined to lay the blame for their truly awful performances in Star Wars at the feet of George Lucas. But as to the question that the post poses:

I love the interactions between Cary Grant and Whoever-the-Heck-She-Is that plays his love interest in "Arsenic in Old Lace." More recently, the chemistry between Hiccup and Toothless in "How to Train Your Dragon" enchants me (shut up, don't judge me).

Worst pairings I've seen recently include Amanda Seyfried and anyone in any of her movies, ever (I loved her in "Mamma Mia," because she has that gorgeous soprano and those huge, empty eyes, but I'm not convinced she could act her way out of a paper bag); and...oh crap, Whatever-His-Name-Is and Olivia Wilde in TRON: Legacy, although that could also have to do with the fact that she played a sentient computer program.

Jacqui Lipton

Arsenic and Old Lace - definitely!
Also puts me in mind of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in the original Charade. Another excellent pairing.
I'm surprised that no one has said Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally.

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