Even more so than a good script and firm direction, chemistry is the most important thing in a movie romance; without it, audiences will be left unconvinced that they should even care about the love story unfolding on screen, and it can result in some extremely awkward cinematic moments.
Plenty of sub-standard rom-coms have survived on the basis of their chemistry, and in many cases – see: The Adjustment Bureau – the sizzling frisson between the two stars has elevated an otherwise pretty flat film.
However, sometimes Hollywood, so unwaveringly confident in the box office bankability of its leads, forgets to screen-test them together or even begins to entertain the thought that, you know, they might not be all that well suited.
Whether it’s down to the casting department or the simple fact that these actors simply weren’t attracted to each other in real life, the result is the same – a stale, flaccid movie romance that flounders around on screen for all of us to mock.
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10. Adam Sandler & Any Female Lead – Almost Any Of His Movies
Watching the overwhelming majority of Adam Sandler’s films, it amazes me that the guy is married because, unlike just about any actor in movie history, he almost never has chemistry with his female co-stars.
The only notable exceptions are with Emily Watson (Punch-Drunk Love) and Drew Barrymore (The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates); otherwise he never manages to convince that he and the (un)lucky leading lady could ever be a real-life couple.
Did any of us buy that Sandler could bag knock-outs like Kate Beckinsale (Click) and Brooklyn Decker (Just Go with It)? Part of the problem is that their confident beauty just doesn’t mix very well with Sandler’s goofball persona; we never get to warm to him as likeable and charming, as far too much screen time is spent with him mugging and using that loud, obnoxious voice he is so famous for.
Sure, the poor scripts do little to help, but it seems to be that only when Sandler puts down his most famous persona that he manages to prove a believable romantic lead with just about anyone.
This article was first posted on March 18, 2013