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The 10 Oddest Couples in Movie History

Love might mean never having to say you're sorry, but for the ten unusual couples here, it also means not being "normal", either.

If it's February, then love must be in the air -- along with snow, sleet, rain, wind, and on rare occasions, groundhog guano. Yes, the two big things that happen in the second month of each new year is the annual ritual of believing in wildlife as a bellwether for meteorological predictions, and the celebration of affection by drowning your significant other in candy, flowers, and false pretenses.

Once we move past Valentines Day and into the rest of our lives, the dull drone of our typical romances become just another buzz in a fluorescent life filled with same. So we naturally look to our mediums to make us feel better about our less than successful seductions. The movies in particular enjoy carting out various and sundry couples, each one polished and pristine and guaranteed to make you feel horrible about your own quixotic realities.

Of course, there are other pairings that provide more than just a reminder of rejection. Indeed, these unusual paramours prove that love is blind, deaf, dumb, and in a couple of cases, not only reserved for living, breathing people. Indeed, as we go over the Top 10 Oddest Couples in the Movies, we can see that, sometimes, all you really need is connection and compassion. An eccentricity or two doesn't hurt either.

 
10. Gnaghi and Valentina (Dellamorte Dellamore)
He's an imbecilic handyman with the low IQ to match. She's the mayor's daughter -- and she just so happens to be dead. That's right, in Michele Soavi's masterpiece of the macabre, our hero (Rupert Everett) and the mentally handicapped assistant listed above must fight off an usual outbreak of zombie-ism in the ramshackle graveyard where they work. That both would end up "romantically" involved with the formerly deceased residents of the cemetery is just one of the many amazing facets of this film. In Gnaghi's case, his limited vocabulary does little to quell Valentina's undead desires, especially since most of the loving bon mots are the product of her "lover's" imagination.

 
9. Kip and LaFawnduh (Napoleon Dynamite)
For most of the movie, we hear the title character's dorky brother proclaim that, via what looks like an aged Commodore 64 computer, he's been chatting with "hot babes" all day. When one finally takes the bus to visit him, we expect almost anything when she walks out the automatic doors. What we get is a stunning, statuesque goddess, an Amazon ready to make over this man into the spitting image of a naughty white rapper. It's a shocking transformation, made all the more unbelievable by how much Kip and LaFawnduh really do seem to care for each other.

 
8. "R" and Julie (Warm Bodies)
Zombies again, this time mimicking a bit of the Bard. If you can't already tell by their names, our undead "Romeo" woos a frightened femme fatale with the standard familial objections running down "man vs. monster" lines. Shakespeare might be shimmying in his grave, but the romance here is real, especially when Julie learns that he betrothed is a "reformed" fiend, slowly remembering his humanity and no longer a threat to devour her brains. While the movie also has a lot to say about prejudice, social engineering, and our ever-present desire to solve problems with violence, it's the love story that lingers.

 
7. Harold and Maude (Harold and Maude)
Harold (Bud Cort) hates his mother. The rest of his family can go to Hell as well. So when his obsession with death (he is constantly faking suicide, obviously to get attention), leads him to a funeral, and chance meeting with an older lady (Ruth Gordon), love blooms. Indeed, this is one May to December romance that seems to start somewhere in April and end after the crystal ball drops in Times Square. In between, we learn lessons about enjoying life, embracing eccentricity, and in one of the most sobering moments in any eccentric rom-com, how hope helped Maude survive the Holocaust.

 
6. Allen and Madison (Splash)
Splash was one of the first films for its stars (Tom Hanks, John Candy, and Daryl Hannah) and its director (Ron Howard). It tells the story of a put-upon produce distributor who falls in love with a woman, not knowing that she is actually a mermaid. This sounds like the makings of a disaster, but as it turns out, Disney's Touchstone division had a hit on their hands, mostly because the relationship between feeb and fish was so warm and funny. Yes, John Candy stole most of the scenes as the sex-obsessed brother, but for the most part, this remains an example of how Hanks became the everyman fantasy of the '80s.

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