Movie Love Scenes That Went Too Far

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We sometimes refer to love scenes in films as “spicy” scenes. That’s a pretty good metaphor because a little spice can go a long way towards enhancing our enjoyment of meals and foods alike.

But as with cooking, it’s possible to add way too much spice to a movie. Instead of enhancing the flavor, these spicy scenes make movies downright unwatchable!

Don’t know what we’re talking about? Keep reading to discover our breakdown of movie loves scenes that went too far.

Observe and Report (2009)

Observe and Report is fairly notorious. That’s because this is a “comedy” where most of the attempts at humor and dark and off-putting. And those are the vibes of a very depressing onscreen “love scene” between Seth Rogen’s character Ronnie and Anna Faris’s character Brandi.

“Love scene” is in quotation marks because we see that Ronni is having sex with an unconscious Brandi. The filmmakers attempt to salvage this awful scene by having Brandi spontaneously wake up and asking Ronnie why he’s stopping. But that doesn’t change the fact that the film decided to use rape as a punchline.

Watchmen (2009)

Watchmen is a very divisive comic book adaptation. Some fans loved how director Zack Snyder recreated famous panels from the original comic. Others were dismayed at how Snyder took everything to the furthest possible extreme.

And that included a fairly gratuitous sex scene between Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II. In the comic, this was a sweet scene where the two characters (particularly Nite Owl) celebrate finding their purpose again by saving helpless people. The movie turns this into a scene right out of a softcore porno, and all while Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” plays.

Gigli (2003)

Gigili may very well be one of the worst films ever made. It is notoriously bad for several different reasons. And one of them is giving us a love scene with a truly cringeworthy catchphrase.

This weird rom-com tried to capitalize on the original relationship between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, but the comedy always falls flat. The romance mostly falls flat, too, especially when Jennifer Lopez tries to lure Affleck to bed with the infamous phrase “It’s turkey time, gobble gobble.”

We will leave it to your imagination what she was asking him to eat. But we can all agree this has to be the worst dirty talk in film history.

Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl nearly got a pass from us because “going too far” is basically one of the driving themes of both the book and the movie. But the “love scene” between Amy (the titular “gone girl”) and her friend Desi just gets harder to watch every time.

In this story, Amy is a master manipulator who is always ten steps ahead of everyone else. She plots to kill Desi and then frame him for capturing her. All of this culminates in a scene where she brutally slices into Desi while they are in bed together.

This was certainly more than the “little death” Desi was expecting!

American Beauty (1999)

In light of allegations against Kevin Spacy, almost any love scene featuring this actor would seem a bit strange. However, even before those allegations came to light, the love scene in American Beauty was really difficult to watch.

If you don’t recall, Spacy’s character Lester spends the entire film lusting over and fantasizing about Mena Suvari’s Angela. These are wildly perverted scenes of a middle-aged man wanting to have sex with a high school girl, and they are played up for laughs. Mercifully, Lester stops things right before the two characters actually have sex, but this is small comfort when he is being creepy for the entirety of the movie.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin is another comedy where, like with Observe and Report, many scenes are meant to be uncomfortable in order to make the audience cringe. That extends to a terrible scene in the bedroom when Steve Carell’s Andy fools around with Elizabeth Banks’ Beth.

The basic premise of the scene is that Beth is very sexually aggressive and Andy (as our titular virgin) is not. This leads to her painfully biting his lip, whipping him with a belt, and generally making sex look completely miserable. Andy’s friends eventually rescue him from the situation, and we felt rescued too because we didn’t have to watch any more of this! 

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Fifty Shades of Grey may feel like a weird inclusion on this list. After all, as the BDSM starter kit for audiences everywhere, taking love scenes too far should be at the heart of this film.

However, the movie is a turnoff for many for very different reasons. Despite its kinky rep, most of the sex is rather vanilla and disappointing. And then we get to a turning point in the plot where submissive Anastasia freaks out as rich, hunky Christian flogs her with a belt.

Considering that the previous “BDSM” in the movie was limited to Ana being tied up or handcuffed, the brutality and violence of the belt flogging make this scene shocking and dark. 

Howard the Duck (1986)

Because our current film landscape is dominated by Marvel movies, it’s tough to remember a world when Marvel movies always bombed. But Howard the Duck is a great example of such a flop. And the awkward love scene is one of the reasons this movie deserved to crash and burn.

That’s because the scene involves Lea Thompson sexually throwing herself at Howard the Duck. He rebuffs those advances, but not before we hear her talk about how she can’t resist Howard’s “animal magnetism.” The movie doesn’t actually show us any sex (thank God), but it does give us terrible flashbacks any time our phones change a certain word to “ducking.”

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