No, your favorite couples aren’t canon.

Growing up watching rom-coms, I have always romanticized the idea of finding the one true love, you know, finding one’s soulmate. I wanted the Hollywood-style love — over the top gestures, running after them to the airport, and all that. Now that I am an adult, I realize that real life starts after the movie ends.

While it is the norm for the lead couple to get together at the end of a romantic movie, the truth is some of them really shouldn’t have. In this Reddit thread by u/SalaciousDumb, people are pointing out couples who would have broken up after the movie ended — and I agree with most of them.


Nate and Andy from The Devil Wears Prada

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“Anne Hathaway and Adrian Grenier were probably going to stay separated — her ambition would have probably carried her off into some other adventure, whereas his move to Boston was likely going to become the final nail in the coffin.” —/xVIRIDISx  


Andrew and Sam in Garden State

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“That was one of the most shallow, idealistic onscreen relationships I think I’ve ever seen. Give it like a month, and I bet they realize they severely dislike each other.” —u/Jeff___Lebowski


Bruce and Selina in The Dark Knight Rises

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“Bruce and Selina from The Dark Knight Rises don’t seem like a particularly stable couple to me.” —u/emcoffey3


Claire and John in The Breakfast Club

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“Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club. All he is to her is someone to annoy Daddy. He’s also mentally scarred and a loose cannon that will probably end up in jail within a couple of years.” —u/BojackStrowman


Joel and Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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“My girlfriend and I constantly disagree about the ending of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I agree they will certainly just go through the same breakup and loss over again and look at the movie as having a tragically sad ending.” —u/jfstompers


Bill and Jo in Twister

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“Disaster films like Twister, where a divorced couple reconnect during a crisis, I bet wouldn’t last a year before they’d break up again.” —u/MovieMike007


Benjamin and Elaine in The Graduate


Diane and Lloyd in Say Anything

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“Their relationship was already troubled. Taking that to a foreign country is probably going to add more pressures to an already strained relationship, not make it better.” —u/TeamStark31


Sandy and Danny in Grease

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Kirk and Molly in She’s Out of My League

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“Because she’s out of his league and he’ll sooner or later mess it up for that very reason.” —u/Aesop-Ben


Ben and Allison in Knocked Up

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“Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up. He is too immature, and she’s too stuck up, LOL.”


Tom and Violet in The Five Year Engagement

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“They brought out the worst in each other, and I was actively hoping that they would stay apart at the end of the movie.” —u/nayapapaya


Nick and Catherine in Basic Instinct

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“Pretty sure Nick and Catherine had a messy breakup shortly after the events in Basic Instinct.” —u/Obi_Wan_Benobi


Truman and Sylvia from The Truman Show

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“I could imagine that falling apart pretty quickly. They’d probably be blissfully happy at first, but Truman’s major trust issues would cause some serious problems.” —u/HowPrude  


Henry and Lucy in 50 First Dates

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“What a sweet idea and plot that in reality wouldn’t work after a few weeks because having to go through the same routine every fucking day would grind you down to nothing in short order.

I don’t care if you were a saint; after a while, you would just walk away, and honestly because she wouldn’t remember anything, you wouldn’t be the bad man at all.” —u/Love_To_Burn_Fiji


Tianna and the Prince from The Princess and the Frog


“They were bickering with each other throughout most of the film. I don’t see how that’s going to end up as a happy marriage.” —u/muffle64


John and Melora in Magnolia

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“Their relationship was beautiful. But I can’t see it working out at all long-term with the amount of emotional baggage she was still carrying at the end of the film. Not to mention she’s a drug addict, and he’s a very law-abiding cop. That would be bound to create complications eventually. I feel like they’d try their best to make it work, but it would ultimately end in them splitting up.” —u/KrillinDBZ363


Victor Laslo and Ilsa in Casablanca

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“I think she’d get sick of him and go back to Rick after a few years.” —u/albandero


Debra and Baby in Baby Driver

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“Debra and Baby from Baby Driver 100% would not make it long. The only reason she was there after he got out of jail is that she was single at the time, in my mind anyway.” —u/Alwynson


Pat and Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook

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“Dancing won’t cure their mental illnesses; they’re right back to screaming at each other five minutes after the credits roll.” —u/ScreamingGordita

By Indana