There are certain movie couples that just … get you, right there deep down in your soul. These are the couples that you secretly measure all real life relationships against, despite your better judgement. The couples that make you laugh and cry and, most importantly, make you believe in true love in all it’s messy, complicated, beautiful glory. It never crosses your mind for a single second that your favorite movie couples didn’t live happily ever after … until it does.
When you think of all of the real life couples that break up and move on in the blink of an eye, it gets a little harder to keep your film couples separate from the glare of the real world; especially when so many film relationships are set up on a foundation that is less than ideal and altogether unlikely to be strong enough for the long haul. I’m here to tell you, “NAY!” There are just some movie couples that I would never be willing to imagine in anything but sheer bliss…
I admit that the continued union of Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) seems highly unlikely — a dance instructor from an underprivileged background and a 17-year-old rich kid from the suburbs headed off to college, who meet at summer retreat in the Catskills, doesn’t exactly make for effortless compatibility. But, that’s what’s so great about these two. Despite their obvious differences they were brought together, not only by super hot dance routines, but by their desire to see and understand experiences and world-views that differ from their own. In my mind Baby went back home, finished school and headed off to college with Johnny right by her side. After he learned a thing or two about the kindness of strangers and the willingness to make positive changes in your life, I could definitely see Johnny attending a performing arts school and honing his craft while teaching dance classes on the side. And even though Baby still probably became the lawyer, economist or doctor that her parents wanted her to become, she and Johnny still have nightly dance sessions and hang out with Penny and the crew on a regular basis. Two people with that much chemistry could never break up.
Again, a couple that whose initial relationship began under a pretty stellar, but nevertheless entirely fabricated, and less than ideal circumstances. Josie Gellar (Drew Barrymore) goes undercover as a high school student to get her first big story as a reporter at a local newspaper. Once there she begins to relive the memories of her own tortured four years in high school and has to learn to once again navigate the hallways full of jocks, mean girls and geeks like herself. Along the way she is helped both by her co-workers, her brother (David Arquette) who also pretends to be a high school student and relive his glory years as a popular baseball player and a very smart, very cute, very out of reach English teacher named Mr. Coulson. Of course, her ruse predictably must come to an end, and with it any promise of Coulson’s affection. But, with her moving essay finally published she includes a plea: for him to forgive her and give her the first real kiss of her life. Real tear jerker moment, am I right? He kisses her and the movie ends and if smarty pants Josie (who, in my head, totally became a part-time journalism teacher at the high school) and compassionate Sam aren’t sneaking glances during faculty meetings, then what hope for love is there for the rest of us?
What are some of the movie couples you just hope (and know) are still together? Sound off in the comments!