10 Romantic Movie Couples Who Were Actually Hopeless

Ben and Alison, Knocked Up

We’re not going to reopen the old debate over whether the obvious disparity in their conventional physical attractiveness rendered Ben and Alison an unbelievable couple — a debate that is sort of offensive to all of us who were lucky enough to land partners who rather trump us, looks-wise. It happens, is the point. The credibility issue in Knocked Up (a film that we love in spite of its lapses) is about their long-term viability. What, we’re supposed to believe that because Ben finally got around to reading the baby books, and got a job, and put up an Eternal Sunshine poster in his spare bedroom, that somehow means he and Alison have something in common besides their spawn? Because we still don’t see it.