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    14 Romance Movie Characters Shooting Their Shot Ranked From “That Would Never Work IRL” To “That’s Actually A Good Move”

    Interrupting weddings or singing at your crush in front of a large crowd are both very bad ideas here in reality.

    Most people enjoy a good love story, but often times the romance in movies feels a tad unrealistic, or even profusely preposterous. Occasionally, it's so ridiculous that you're sitting on your couch unconvinced that what you're watching COULD NOT POSSIBLY WORK in real life.

    Sometimes it's a bad, corny pickup line that somehow works, or it can be an awful, bold follow-up after initial rejection. Whatever the case, we're going to examine some romantic moves from movies and rank them from least to most likely to have success in real life.

    Oh and WARNING: THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD, but all of these movies have been out for, like, seven years or more.

    14. The Notebook: Threatening to fall from very high up if your crush won't go on a date with you.

    Noah from the Notebook dangling from the ferris wheel begging for a date

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    New Line Cinema

    13. The Graduate: Showing up at your crush's wedding, yelling their name from across the way, then locking all their guests in a church while you two run off.

    Elaine, the bride, and Benjamin running out of the church

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    Embassy Pictures

    12. Bridget Jones's Diary: Reading your crush's diary, finding some not-so-nice things written about yourself, and buying them a new diary to signify a fresh start.

    the diary page being read by Mark and Bridget running away saying, shit

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    Universal Pictures

    11. Say Anything: Playing a meaningful song outside of your crushes window.

    Diana being woken up by Lloyd's music

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    20th Century Fox

    10. The Wedding Singer: Singing to your crush on a plane.

    Robbie playing the guitar on a plane

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    New Line Cinema

    9. 10 Things I Hate About You: Interrupting your crush's soccer practice to sing at them from the bleachers.

    the soccer team stopping practice to look over at Patrick singing on a mic

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    Buena Vista Pictures

    8. Love Actually: Silently declaring your love for your crush (who happens to be your best friend's partner).

    Mark holding up huge cards with his written confession

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    7. Fifty Shades of Grey: Popping up at your crush's work as if it were coincidence.

    Christian saying, I thought that was you, in the store at a very surprised Ana

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    Universal Pictures

    6. Hitch: Handing cash to your romantic interest at a bar to pretend you're mistaking them for a waiter.

    a character turning around after getting cash in their hands and calling him an asshole

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    Sony Pictures Releasing

    5. The Great Gatsby: Asking your ex's cousin to invite them over for tea where you'll be waiting to surprise them.

    Gatsby

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    4. Shrek: Interrupting your crush's wedding and professing your love.

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    DreamWorks Pictures

    3. Hitch: Sending walkie-talkies to your crush's work to ask them out.

    Sara agreeing that walkie talkies are less invasive to contact her with since she didn't give her number out

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    Sony Pictures Releasing

    2. Friends With Benefits: Organizing a flash mob to ask your hook-up out on a real date.

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    Sony Pictures Releasing

    1. Crazy, Stupid, Love: Interrupt your romantic interest mid-conversation at a bar and bluntly hit on them.

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    What romantic scene from a movie do you think is worthy of mention? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or send a walkie talkie to my job and communicate them to me that way!