Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and love is in the air.
Before we get to some lists from us that feature some of the best romantic comedies and romances that Hollywood has produced, we wanted to give you some notice as to what romance movies to avoid as the day of love gets near.
Here are 11 romances that get it wrong, from The Vow to yes… Valentine’s Day!
In fact, these films are so off, love is the last thing we feel as the closing credits roll.
Want to feel romantic? Watch Love Actually online instead!
1. Pearl Harbor
First of all, a Michael Bay film does nothing to spur the idea of romance in audiences. Second of all, setting a love triangle with the backdrop of one of America's great tragedies was not getting the heart pumping either. And don't get us started on the over-acting!
2. Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks has been chasing The Notebook's movie success since it came out. He didn't score any points with this romance-thriller starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. Having your female lead be likable might have been a good start.
3. The English Patient
To quote Elaine on Seinfeld, "Give me something I can use!" Sure it won Best Picture, but for us, this romance completely has us feeling anything but love for Ralph Fiennes and Kristen Scott Thomas.
4. Romeo and Juliet
The latest version of Romeo and Juliet is not anywhere near the best. There is little spark between the leads and it left us wondering, "why?"
5. The Vow
The Vow has the nicest of premises. But, while Channing Tatum kept trying to get his amnesia-ridden wife to remember him, with Rachel McAdams' performance, we just didn't care, and in fact, wanted him to run the other way.
6. Life As We Know It
By setting up at the beginning of the movie that your two leads have utter disgust for one another, that is a large hill to climb to have us believe they'd fall in love. Toss in an orphaned baby that they have to raise... we just don't buy it.
7. One Day
The key to any sweeping romance, especially one that spans years like One Day, is to have two characters that the audience wants to see get together. One Day felt like it was one day too long.
Beastly is actually a perfect title for this Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer film. Beauty and the Beast... it is not.
9. To Rome with Love
Woody Allen was trying to recapture the magic he scored with Midnight in Paris. Too bad To Rome with Love did not do it. Great cast, yes, but it can't escape its silly premise.
10. Water For Elephants
A Depression era romance featuring two wildly compelling leads... yes, please! But this film, set against the backdrop of a circus whose leader treats its animals with abuse, does nothing but raise our ire. Animal cruelty and romance can never, ever go hand in hand. That should be obvious.