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When Romantic Comedies Get Creepy

There are certain supposed romantic comedies that just rub me the wrong way. There are way more creepy things happening than comedy or romance. Sometimes very few people agree with me when I make note of any aforementioned creep factors. But I refuse to stand down. Sometimes movies just get it wrong.

This isn’t about characters seeming desperate. This isn’t about “If a woman did the things a man did in romantic comedies, it would be so creepy.” This is about universal creepiness. This is about something being so disturbing you forget you’re watch a romance or a comedy. It’s about thinking you’ve accidentally plucked something from the horror shelf. Or maybe the thriller shelf. Or perhaps just foreign romantic comedies. Because everyone knows foreign movies are just wacky!

Here are prime examples of films that get the romantic comedy very wrong:

1) Big

So you have a 13-year-old boy in a man’s body being seduced by an adult lady. This has a major ick factor. I watched this when I was a kid so it grossed me out even more to imagine myself being embiggened, only to have an adult man try and seduce my adult body with my kid brain in it. It’s weird. It’s just weird.

Sure, there are tons of great things in this movie – but I found the adult/child falling in love romance factor to be just a touch too much for my small brain to handle. If I’m going to watch a Tom Hanks movie that’s kind of creepy, I’ll turn on You’ve Got Mail, thanks very much.

2) Overboard

A horrible rich woman falls overboard only to be rescued by a workman she was super rude to on her yacht. Her punishment? A strong case of amnesia and kidnapping, of course! Kurt Russell tells this woman that she’s his wife. That they have kids together. And she’s basically their slave. Parts of this movie are funny and fun, but overall the whole thing leaves just a terrible taste in one’s mouth. It’s really really weird. Imagine you’re in an accident and are brainwashed only to have some random stranger insist you’re his wife and mother to his children. Now imagine you find out that none of that was true. Yuck times eleventy billion.

However, her ridiculous rich lady wardrobe gets an A+. Or an A++. It gets both. It gets both types of As.

3) Sleepless in Seattle

Nora Ephron, I love you for a lot of things, but not this. This movie is super creepy. It’s about a stalker. It made me scared obsessive ladies who heard me on the radio were going to show up outside my house. Poor Tom Hanks. He’s always getting creeped on. Remember that voodoo hippy seductress Jenny in Forrest Gump? And that chick from Big who I just wrote about a few paragraphs ago? And just look at this:

Just look at the obsessive desire Hooch is aiming at Turner. So lascivious. Again, I prefer Tom Hanks being the creeper. Like in You’ve Got Mail.  He shuts down Meg’s store, lies to her, and eats all the garnish. That’s the Tom Hanks I love.

4) Love Actually

Remember that one dude who’s in love with Keira Knightley who’s marrying his best friend? Yeah, so as videographer of his best friend’s wedding he chooses to do all intense and prolonged close ups on just the bride. And then when she wants her wedding video he tries to hide it from her because he knows how disturbing it is! Imagine your best friend doing your wedding video and basically cropping you out of the entire thing, focusing on just your betrothed. The creepy dude probably also has a photo album of the blessed couple where he has little cut-outs of his head stuck on his best friend’s body. This guy was weird.

And then he shows up at her front door pretending he’s a group of children Christmas carolers and has her read all these cards that tell her he loves her. For the love of Christmas, man, have you no shame?! But she does end up giving him a kiss because it’s totally not creepy at all if your husband’s BFF has an unhealthy obsession with you and his efforts should totally be rewarded.

5) 50 First Dates

This poor woman suffers from irreparable short term memory loss, and her family and friends keep recreating the same day to keep her from knowing anything is wrong. This is bizarre enough in itself. Add to that Adam Sandler, who insists on trying to have a relationship with this woman. This is a pretty bad movie overall, but the cherry on the creep sundae is at the end where you find out they eventually get married and have kids.

Imagine waking up every day for nine months, discovering you’re pregnant. That’s terrifying. And then once you have the kid being made to understand you have a kid. Every day. When you have no idea. Also, that strange man in your bed is your husband. This movie is all kinds of wrong and shoots off the creepiness charts entirely.

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  • Michelle Grove Shaffer

    While I’ve always loved Big, I, too, have always been and will always be creeped out by the romance between Elizabeth Perkins and a 13 year old boy, regardless of his being trapped in a full grown man’s body…so icky!

  • Brisa Amador

    Oh no you didn’t! You can’t put that scene of Love actually here! it’s not creepy, is lovely, is heartbreaking!, is one of my favorites of all time! He wasn’t crazy obsess with her, he just loved her. Enough… Enough now.

    • Laura Kadner

      My general rule is, imagine someone did this to you. Like your BFF came to your wedding and took video of only your spouse and then showed up at your house and did that with the cards. Total creep jerk! In my opinion.

  • Guillermo Verde

    But he’s not crazy obsess enough to tell his best friend and try to actually win her. Just to creep out and ruin their wedding video. C’m’on Dude!

  • Jacquina Imdb Lee

    In Love Actually he wasn’t the official videographer, she says about how the official video went wrong so asked to see his. I love this article I just needed to say that because I love him and it makes him sound less creepy! haha.

    • Laura Kadner

      Fair enough. I wanted to like him, but when I imagine him doing that as though I were Keira Knightley it kinda creeps me out. Layer on to the story how he acts like he doesn’t like you and is actually obsessed…I dunno. I still love Love, Actually so it clearly doesn’t bug me that much….

  • April Rider

    What? No Harold and Maude?

    • Laura Kadner

      That’s less creepy to me because they’re both creeping on each other – she’s robbing the cradle and he’s robbing the grave. It’s not like one of them was heavily pursuing and/or lying to the other.

  • Lauren Higbee

    How about almost every kdrama? The rich man/poor girl thing sometimes seems like it’s about to turn into some domestic violence horror story. Except of course, she always falls for him so his pushing her around all the time apparently isn’t abusive. (But I still watch them because the boys are pretty and I like it. *shrug*)

  • Tali’Zorah Haberkamp

    “in a day” most terrifying movie I thought was going to be fun. And then after thinking it was about her getting murdered through the whole show, I felt awful for feeling so uncomfortable the whole time

  • Meghan O’Dea

    How is no one mentioning the deep seeded wrongness that is My Best Friend’s Wedding?

    • Laura Kadner

      I can’t believe I forgot that movie. She’s totally creepy!! But I still love that movie somehow. Even though she’s basically a crazy monsterpants.

      • Annie Hatmaker

        Groundhog Day really creeped me out…it’s just too weird, him waking up to the same day. Every. Single. Day. For a really long time. And trying to win the same girl, but she just gets creeped out by how well he knows her. I just…no.

      • Annie Hatmaker

        That wasn’t supposed to be a reply to that section…hmm. I do love your use of the term “monsterpants,” though!

  • Savannah Morey Palmer

    chances are!

  • Catherine Green

    Has anyone ever seen “What women want”, Mel Gibson? weeeeeiiiiiirrrrrddddessst thing EVER. WOMEN DON’T ACTUALLY THINK LIKE THAT, MEL.

  • Angel Fernandez

    Finally! Someone who doesn’t think that 50 First Dates is a wonderful movie. Internet high five. I rly don’t understand why everyone likes that film.

  • Jade Anthony

    Hellloooo….. While You Were Sleeping!!!

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  • Tonya Brown

    Aww I love Overboard. Is it creepy? Yes. Still love it. I agree with Big though. Creepy.

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