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    Updated on Oct 13, 2019. Posted on Apr 9, 2019

    18 Of The Most WTF Moments From Rom-Coms

    These scenes are the total opposite of feel-good...

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community what uncharacteristically dark rom-com moments really caught them off guard. Here are their responses.

    🚨 Warning: There are spoilers for lots of rom-coms ahead — you have been warned. 🚨

    1. When Ben had sex with his wife while his girlfriend was hidden in the closet in He's Just Not That Into You.

    New Line Cinema

    "I was really shocked when Ben stuffed his girlfriend into the closet in his office and she was forced to listen to him and his wife having sex."

    brittanied2

    2. Erin almost killing herself in What Women Want.

    Paramount Pictures

    "I was shocked about how dark Erin's story was about her being suicidal. In a way, it made it more real and it didn't feel out of place. Shocking, but I like how it was incorporated into the storyline."

    pwincessrasia

    "When Nick noticed that Erin hadn’t shown up for work and rushed to her apartment because he was afraid she was going to hurt herself, and found the note she left. Luckily he got to her before she could, but that was a surprisingly dark moment."

    shelbyshinkle

    3. When Vivian was almost sexually assaulted in Pretty Woman.

    Buena Vista Pictures

    "In Pretty Woman when Edward's lawyer attempts to rape Vivian. I knew the guy was a creep, but the movie had been pretty lighthearted despite the subject matter, so I was shocked when that scene happened."

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    4. Karen discovering her husband's affair in Love Actually.

    Universal Pictures

    "When Karen found out about her husbands affair I sobbed for hours — it hit me like a punch in the gut, because things like that actually happen. Absolutely heartbreaking."

    josiej4e0db2755

    5. When Tim goes back in time to say goodbye to his dead dad in About Time.

    Universal Pictures

    "When the dad dies in About Time and Tim goes back to relive one last day with him, because he can't go back anymore. It's so heartbreaking."

    hannahjayehw

    6. Gareth's sudden death in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

    Rank Film Distributors

    "When Gareth died in Four Weddings and a Funeral. We were all enjoying the wedding merriment and then he has a heart attack out of the blue! His funeral scene was very moving; Matthew reading the poem gets me every time too."

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    7. When Olive's fake date forced himself on her in Easy A.

    Screen Gems

    "Olive goes on a date with a guy who turns out to be super creepy, and he just won’t stop trying to kiss her and touch her?! That bit broke my heart and was a little too relatable for I’m guessing a LOT of women who watched that."

    lulac2

    8. Amy's dad dying of an overdose in Trainwreck.

    Universal Pictures

    "The whole movie has dark understones, but when Amy finds out her sick father overdosed on his medication and died, it's really sad."

    hotchickennugget

    9. When Jenna realised she ruined her chances with Matty in 13 Going on 30.

    Columbia Pictures

    "Right at the end when Jenna goes to see Matt on the day he’s getting married to convince him to be with her and he gives her the dreamhouse he kept for 17 years — it BREAKS MY HEART. My eyes are welling up just thinking about it! The idea that you love someone so much but you can’t be with them because you’ve made your choices just really stuck with me."

    ellkay55

    "When Jenna finally realises what a dick she was when she was 13, and falls head over heels for Matt. I CRY MY EYES OUT."

    slaterisobel

    10. The timeline where Helen dies in Sliding Doors.

    Miramax Films

    "She and James went through some major drama, but she'd really gotten her life together. She owned her own business, found personal success, then BAM! After resolving said drama, she's hit by a van. The movie ends on a really positive note, but that death scene makes me cry every goddamned time."

    thedryad

    11. When it was revealed that Meryl cheated on Paul in Did You Hear About the Morgans?

    Columbia Pictures

    "It was a really funny and uplifting movie, but when Meryl revealed she had cheated on Paul during their break, I was devastated. Paul had been so funny up until that point, and his sadness was so uncharacteristic that it was painful to watch."

    limegirl99

    12. Lara Jean dealing with her mum's death in To All the Boys I've Loved Before.

    Netflix

    "Lara Jean and her dad talking in the diner about her dead mom gutted me a little bit. I was not expecting that from a high school rom-com."

    soaringlauren

    13. When Emma died suddenly at the end of One Day.

    Focus Features

    "Anne Hathaway’s character finally finds happiness, only to be hit by a bus while riding her bike... Traumatised."

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    14. When Matt was raped in 40 Days and 40 Nights.

    Miramax Films

    "Josh Hartnett's character was raped towards the end of 40 Days and 40 Nights, and then this was used as the late-stage conflict that made his real love interest think he was cheating. Gross."

    –Jennifer Kiefer, Facebook comment.

    15. Elle being propositioned by her professor in Legally Blonde.

    MGM Distribution Co.

    "He behaves so inappropriately, and nothing seems to happen to him other than getting dropped from a case. I was hoping it would show him being fired or confronted by the other professor."

    leannetillyk

    16. When Nick's mum tells Rachel she's not good enough for him in Crazy Rich Asians.

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The scene where Nick's mom tells Rachel about the emerald ring and how she'll never be good enough. Horrible."

    hotchickennugget

    "There's also the scene when Rachel's mother explains to Rachel that her husband and his family were abusive to her, and when she had an affair with her best friend and got pregnant and gave birth to Rachel, her husband's family was upset by this and tried to hurt Rachel as a baby. Dark, right?"

    nerdyintrovert6562

    17. Rosie's miscarriage in What to Expect When You're Expecting.

    Lionsgate

    "Mainly because it’s a happy rom-com, but the miscarriage was quite unexpected so early on in the film. It was very well handled, though."

    Mynameischristina

    18. And finally, the strange ending of 50 First Dates.

    Columbia Pictures

    "The ending of 50 First Dates is kind of disturbing once you really think about it. Lucy has a condition where she has no memory of events that happened after her car accident, and forgets everything that occurred the day before when she goes to sleep. She's eventually wooed by Henry, who uses a videotape to explain what's been going on — the ending shows them married with a daughter.

    Just imagine how traumatising it would be for Lucy to not remember being pregnant, or for their child to have to be told why her mother doesn't recognize her every morning. Rather grim for a supposed romantic comedy, right?"

    trinaq5

    Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

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