This past week I've been watching new films and revisiting the odd rom-com from Trainwreck, How To Be Single and Crazy, Stupid, Love, and while it's all dandy to see characters make up, break up, then get back together again in these films, I think it's refreshing to see things come crashing down in the genre just to mix things up.
Outside of the rom-com, there are multiple films where couples break up and sometimes it's in a very unconventional way. I thought I'd try something really different and make this list that looks at break-up scenes from other film genres and I think these choices hit the mark! Check out my list and let me know what you think — do you have any favorite break-up scenes? Let me know below!
1. The Hangover — Melissa And Stu
At the end of this hysterical comedy about a trio of groomsmen losing their best friend Doug after a wild stag night, one of the trio, Stu, finally gets the courage to tell his rather unpleasant girlfriend Melissa just how he really feels about her. In front of the entire wedding reception, Stu unleashes his inner anger, with much bite from Melissa, as he parts ways leaving her with a great line: "You're... you are... you're such a bad person, like all the way to your core!" He then exits to the dance floor, it's a crowd-pleasing moment and when Zach Galifianakis's Alan steps in to talk to her, it gets even more hilariously foul-mouthed.
2. Total Recall — Lori And Doug
In one of my favorite movie scenes, the beautiful Kate Beckinsale plays an undercover government agent who reveals her true identity to her husband in which their entire marriage was a lie. Just when you think Beckinsale's Lori is being sweet and caring, she grabs husband Doug into a chokehold and squeezes, until he fights back and the two beat the living crap out of one another. Facing the barrel of a gun, Lori switches her American accent to British and confesses: "I'm UFB police intel, assigned to play your wife, six weeks ago I didn't even know you." Sharp dialogue, great acting and Beckinsale's screen stealing turn, this is one way to end things!
3. Hot Rod — Denise And Jonathan
One of the most random and entertaining movies you're likely to see, Hot Rod follows wannabe stuntman Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) and his pursuit of stardom and the girl of his dreams Denise (played by Isla Fisher). Denise, however, is already with Jonathan (an egotistical ass, frankly). Denise soon realizes how much of an idiot he is, and leaves him in his car and runs after Rod to see him perform his big stunt, leaving Jonathan, played by the brilliant Will Arnett, to lean over his car and scream after her to get her back. Over the top and dramatic in the most unserious manner, Arnett's "BABE WAIT, BABE, BABE, BABE, WAITTTTT!" will leave you in stitches. I doubt you've ever seen someone react like this to getting dumped.
4. You're Next — Erin And Crispian
Sharni Vinson's performance as Erin has to be one of my favorite performances ever. Looks can be deceiving as this sweet and seemingly normal girl shows her impressive survival capabilities when her boyfriend's family house comes under attack from a bunch of mask-wearing killers. Spoiler alert, Erin's boyfriend Crispian staged the attack in order to get a healthy inheritance from his now dead parents. Erin discovers this and Crispian tries his best to get her to come around, and when it all seems fine and agreeable, Erin slits his throat and watches him bleed out. End of relationship.
5. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For — Dwight And Ava
Eva Green's performance as Ava Lord is seedy, sexy and seriously slick, as she uses her sexuality and smarts to get what she wants to reign over Sin City. One of the stories in A Dame To Kill For follows her relationship with Dwight, a relationship that brings out the monster in him and turns her into a scheming temptress. When Dwight finally breaks and goes after her husband Damien and kills him, Ava makes her entrance and puts Dwight in a nasty situation before turning on him and calling it quits by shooting him. However, it's not long before she tries to seduce him and make him fall for her once again. A very on-and-off relationship right here!
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6. Haywire — Mallory And Paul
Steven Soderbergh's Haywire finds MMA star Gina Carano taking the leading role and kicking so much ass, this film is a blast and very underrated. It also has an incredibly talented cast and a unique style. A particular highlight of the film sees Carano's Mallory and Michael Fassbender's Paul play a fake cover of husband and wife, and on the job, Paul is instructed to take out his "wife." In a ridiculously brutal and close quarters combat sequence, Mallory and Paul fight each other to a pulp. The lack of music leaves the room to be filled with hard-hitting punches and smashes, and when Mallory takes out Paul once and for all, a contact calls up asking "Is the divorce final?" Don't piss off Mallory Kane is all I can say.
7. Hot Fuzz — Janine And Nicholas
Hot Fuzz is my favorite film of the Cornetto trilogy, it's a laugh-a-minute romp of action, adventure and a ton of comedy, comedy that hits every mark. The first 5–10 minutes establish main protagonist Sgt. Nicholas Angel, who clearly puts his work before his relationship — or anything else, for that matter. In a hilarious sequence, Angel enters a crime scene filled with dozens of investigators in white jump suits, and with each attempt to talk to Janine he talks to the wrong person who then proceeds to point out where she is. He soon finds her, and she officially cuts ties with Nicholas, revealing that she's dating a fellow coworker. With subtle drops of comedy scattered smartly throughout this scene, a break-up has never been this entertaining.
8. Simpsons Movie — Marge And Homer
In a surprisingly bleak moment in this otherwise hysterical big-screen adaptation of the hit comedy TV series, Homer has well and truly messed over the people of Springfield and his marriage with Marge. He returns after a walk to the Simpson's new Alaskan cabin home to find the family isn't there. Laying on the bed is a video tape, Homer puts in in the player and it's a message from Marge, explaining her patience and temperament she has had for Homer. She admits defeat and reveals she taped the message over their wedding video, which plays a segment at the end with a rather sombre-looking Homer. Thank God this wasn't the ending; I'm sure you've seen the movie and its happy ending.
9. Sorority Row — Cassidy And Andy
In this schlocky good fun slasher, a group of sorority girls find themselves falling a victim to a killer who threatens to reveal their dark secret. Spoiler alert, in the finale, good girl Cassidy discovers her boyfriend Andy is the killer. He tries to talk her down and get her to understand his motive. She plays along with it, telling him what he wants to hear. However, she makes an attempt to flee with fellow sorority survivor Ellie, but finds herself confronted by Andy. In a cat and mouse-style chase, Cassidy leaves him as they try to pick each other off with whatever weapons will work, ending with some close calls and a tense, fiery ending!
10. Happy Gilmore — Teri And Happy
Oh Adam Sandler, what have you been doing these past few years? Well, Ridiculous Six, That's My Boy, to name a few. Happy Gilmore proves this guy once had so much promise! In an early scene, Happy returns to his apartment to see his girlfriend Teri walk past him and into an elevator. He asks her to join him for food, she tells him she never wants to be with him again. He rushes into his apartment and buzzes on the intercom and talks to her nice and sweet before erupting into anger, and repeating himself over and over again. Teri runs out of patience and leaves, with Happy all alone, until he gets a knock on his door and a guest awaits him, much to his dismay.
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