Bizarre Casting Choices: 25 Movie Duos with Absolutely No Chemistry

Romantic comedies can be a fun way to get lost in a universe of romance and desire, but occasionally, the spark between the main actors just isn’t there. A recent online survey asked, “What movies have the worst chemistry?” Here are the top 25 responses.

Maid In Manhattan

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“It’s completely bizarre to me seeing Ralph Fiennes and Jennifer Lopez paired up in a romantic comedy. The chemistry was just off.”

“Obviously, this was filmed on the earlier side of his career but digesting it 20 years later, J-Lo and Ralph is just a strange combination.”

The Great Gatsby

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“I didn’t think Leonardo Dicaprio and Carey Mulligan had any chemistry.”

“The book suggests Gatsby’s desire for Daisy was more abstract than romantic. But agree- I don’t think Baz Luhrmann is deep enough to do this intentionally.”

“Don’t get me started on that movie and how terrible it was!”

The Avengers – The Hulk & Black Widow

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“Since everyone’s just naming movies that aren’t romantic, I have to say Scarlett Johanson and Mark Ruffalo have absolutely no chemistry whatsoever in The Avengers movies.”

“I know Hawkeye is taken, but he always had way more chemistry with Johanson than Ruffalo’s character ever did.”

Star Wars – Anakin & Padme

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“Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman had questionable chemistry in Star Wars.”

“Indeed. Although the script probably destroyed any chance of them building anything that resembled chemistry.”

“I feel like Hayden has better chemistry with Ewan.”

The Batman

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“Batman and Catwoman are supposed to have sexual tension that is off the charts. While I enjoyed the movie overall, I was extremely disappointed by that dynamic. Robert Pattinson did a great job as Batman/Bruce Wayne, but Zoe Kravitz was lackluster.”

“I thought it was Robert’s inability to move his neck that killed the chemistry.”

The Matrix

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“Always felt like they had the passion and connection of wet cardboard.”

“I thought their chemistry in the newest film was okay, but I agree that they had zero chemistry in the original three films.”

As Good As It Gets

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“Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets. He’s a jerk, verbally abusive, 26 years her senior, and he STILL gets the girl. Makes absolutely no sense.”

“This movie is wildly overrated. Or rather, it came out at the perfect time to capitalize on some novelty factor. Their coupling just doesn’t seem believable to me.”

The Tourist

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“Jonny Depp and Angelina Jolie have God-awful chemistry in that movie.”

Charlize Theron was originally going to play Elise Clifton-Ward.

Angelina Jolie admitted the only reason she agreed to do this movie was that she knew it would be a “quick shoot” in Venice, Italy.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

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“Dermot Mulroney and Julia Roberts were supposed to be best friends at least, but he was marrying someone else who he also had no chemistry with.”

“They were supposed to be friends in real life, which usually helps the on-screen chemistry. Not this time.”

Beauty And The Beast

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“All of their ‘love’ scenes just felt so awkward and forced.”

“The ending dance scene killed me. They’re supposed to be in love, but I was cringing so hard from secondhand embarrassment. Just no chemistry.”

The Time Traveller’s Wife

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“Eric Bana and Rachel MacAdams; there was no chemistry there at all.”

“True! Luckily, she and Domhnall Gleeson have great chemistry in About Time, so at least she gets one good romance with a time-traveling husband.”

Iron Man

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“Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow had zero chemistry. Their dialogue was stilted and unnatural; they didn’t gel and didn’t feel like great love interests for each other.”

“They seemed like good friends, not like a loving husband and wife.”

Harry Potter – Harry & Ginny

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“It’s a huge discomfort for Potter fans everywhere. It was BAD.”

“Rowling suddenly makes her an interesting character in the space of a single book. She really shoehorned Ginny back into the story to invent a love interest for Harry.”

“Bonnie Wright was the worst casting choice.”

Six Days, Seven Nights

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“Anne Heche and Harrison Ford; THERE’S a romantic movie couple that had negative chemistry. However, I blame some of that on the horrible writing. I was embarrassed for both actors having to deliver some of that dialog.”

No Time to Die

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“Daniel Craig and the blonde lady in No Time to Die. They have NO chemistry whatsoever. Just compare it to Craig and Eva Green in Casino Royale.”

“This was the number one reason why those last two Bond films didn’t work at all. Lea Seydoux gives off such an icy vibe on-screen; I never bought that romance for a second.”

Romeo Must Die

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“Aaliyah and Jet Li lack anything like chemistry. I did not realize they were supposed to be considered at least a potential couple until long into the film.”

“They just had nothing between them, and I don’t have a clever way of putting that.”

Four Weddings And A Funeral

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“Andy MacDowell seemed to be bored or half asleep in every scene.”

“Kristen Scott Thomas had way better chemistry with Hugh.”

“I have never understood the hype. MacDowell and Grant had absolutely no chemistry. She looked bored throughout the film and had all the personality of a wooden plank.”

Gigli

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“Who would ever believe Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez as a couple?” (…..)

“I went with a buddy of mine to see this in the theaters just to make fun of it. We didn’t make it through the whole thing. It was so bad.”

Passengers

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“Someone on here said if you swap the leads of Passengers with Valerian, both movies would be much better. I agree.”

“I think it’s Jennifer Lawrence. She doesn’t really seem “all there” in any of her roles. Like she’s kind of a psycho or has no real emotions.”

The Hobbit – Tauriel & Kili

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“Their love story felt so wrong and so out of place, in a lot of ways.”

“It was so forced; they were trying to sell this amazing love story between species, but every time they were on screen, I just wanted the next scene to start.”

Widows 

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“Not a romantic movie, but Viola Davis and Liam Neeson in Widows- nothing there.”

“Loved the movie, but because he was horrible, we didn’t see why she loved him. She and the dog stole that movie. She is a magnificent actress.”

“She was supposedly deeply hurt by his betrayal, but they didn’t appear to be in love.”

Oblivion

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“Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko in Oblivion. It’s even worse that they choose to focus on the love story despite the great Sci-fi plot.”

“In his defense, Kurylenko is a block of wood that hasn’t shown chemistry with anyone in any film she’s been in.”

Marry Me

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“We went to see it because it felt nostalgic to watch a JLo rom-com after so many years. It was so bad.”

“I read the comic years ago, and there is every chance that the movie is garbage.”

In Time

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“Timberlake’s got Amanda Seyfried right there, and he looks like he might do her nails if she asked nicely.”

“He had more chemistry with the mom.”

The Mexican

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“Now that is a weird movie, tonally. It’s a bit darker than a traditional rom-com, courtesy of Gore Verbinski, who I am a fan of.”

“Agreed. No chemistry with Brad Pitt. She had it with Richard Gere, but I never thought of her as a romantic actress till Hugh Grant in Notting Hill.”

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