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35 Fucking Infuriating Things That Happen In Every Rom-Com

You had me at "rom-com moments that annoy you".

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community about the things that annoy them the most in rom-com movies. Here are some of the best results they submitted.

1. Airport dash scenes. Why do they always need to rush to the airport?


Why not just call them? Or book a plane ticket? They're not gonna drop off the face of the Earth.

LauraH2410, Pandapanda124 and Mike Hernandez, Facebook

2. Also, let's be honest, airport security is a joke in rom-com world.

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3. Single people can apparently afford to have really nice apartments in big cities.

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How is that possible? We can afford a box in a basement.


4. And then there are the small details that just don't add up.

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For example, in Leap Year they go to an outdoor wedding, in Ireland, in February! And then to top it off they sleep on a bench after said wedding. The average temperature in Ireland in February is 5°C (41°F).


5. There's always a guy who is an absolute jerk who somehow becomes the main love interest.

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He's a jerk. No thank you.


6. And what about the "he's a fuckboy but there's something different about him" clichè? Hmm?

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7. Or a man who pursues a woman who isn't interested in him or even vehemently dislikes him.

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Is this OK? IS IT???


8. In fact, the normalisation of the stalking that characters do to win or win back the ones they want is pretty worrying when you think about it.

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Is stalking OK? Let me think... Nope.

Kate Sheard, Facebook

9. There's also always the message being sent out that guys are the be-all and end-all of EVERYTHING.

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What is with all these women who have wonderful lives, Nora Jones-beautiful kitchens, and supportive friends, but somehow they are deeply unhappy because they are single? SINGLE! GOD NO!

There's more to life than getting a guy, btw.


10. And what about the cheating? SO. MUCH. CHEATING. And it's condoned and always results in ultimate happiness.

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Please see: The Notebook, Love Actually, You've Got Mail, Letters to Juliet, Something Borrowed, to name but a few...

danie87, Picospeaches, and marthaj4b4ecca41

11. Apparently females only have one kind of job – being a writer or working in fashion.

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Every other profession must be run by men.

gabbyf4f98bf5f8 and ScuzzleButt

12. There's always a friend who's unlucky in love because she's too outspoken and confident to get a man.

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What is wrong with confidence?


13. And what about the questionable relationships that are actually kinda creepy in rom-coms?

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Cher ends up dating her stepbrother in Clueless. I KNOW, they're not blood-related, but that's still kind of weird, is it not? And the teacher falling for a pretend student in Never Been Kissed. Don't tell me that's not odd as well.


14. Makeovers. So. Many. Makeovers. Apparently you can only get a guy if you conform to society's beauty standards.

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15. Especially by just taking your glasses off. Apparently glasses = ugly, no glasses = instant attraction.

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Miramax Films

Great message to people who can't help it if they have to wear glasses, guys.

BlueBirdZoe and Bill Poon, Facebook

16. Apparently all married people are sex-deprived.

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Stereotypes are real.


17. And what is it with kissing in the rain?

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Don't even get us started on that cheesy line.

doomsicle, tyrannosaurusjess, and Katie Bingman, Facebook

18. And the fact the girl is never wearing waterproof mascara. She must always have black streaks down her face.


19. ALSO...the lack of communication. A lot of these plots could be fixed if they just had ONE one-minute conversation.

Do you know what words are? Good. Use them to explain the situation to the other person.

–Jessi Watson, Facebook, hollycc, isabelladee01, elisevb2595, judahachenry, and lexy9898

20. The girls always have a lot of orgasms every time they have sex. Every time.

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Another thing that gives us unachievable expectations. Thanks.

Yas Langley

21. And have you ever noticed the double standards throughout rom-com storylines?

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"Nice guy dates bitchy girl, usually for a long(ish) time. Nice girl likes nice guy. Blah blah blah, stuff happens. Nice guy kisses nice girl – cheating on current bitchy girl – but is still the good guy.

"(HOWEVER if bitchy girl kisses/shags someone else she is in the wrong. Double standards or what?!)

"Nice girl and nice guy end up together and no thought is given to bitchy girl who may not actually be that bad. No one gives a thought to the fact that bitchy girl may have just had her heart broken, but it's fine because the 'good' couple end up together in the end." –rebeccad4368d6a5f

22. And with it comes slut-shaming.

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Newsflash: Girls like to have no-strings sex too. Also, virgin-shaming also isn't cool fyi.

–Sara Rose Moreira, Facebook

23. Then there's the rom-coms that feature super toxic friendships.

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For example, in Something Borrowed the two main characters are supposed to be BEST FRIENDS but Rachel sleeps with her best friend Darcy's fiancé! Oh and Darcy sleeps with the guy she thinks is dating Rachel. Best friends don't do that shit.


24. The gay best friend who is only there to be a sparkly accessory who makes the occasional funny quip.

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Because that's the only role they could be there for. Stereotypes, man.

emmfarc and Dawn Sardella-Ayres, Facebook

25. When the man is 20 years older than the woman, and not only is it not an issue, no one notices.

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26. When one of them always decides to quit their job and leave town because love will never happen for them in a city of 5 million people.

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Maybe they don't need to do anything that extreme. Just maybe.


27. Or when the girl decides to leave town at the exact moment the guy realises she's the one for him.

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OH THANK GOD, he JUST got her in time.


28. All the times we see people calling off a wedding at the last minute, maybe even as the guests are waiting.

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Pretty selfish tbh. And can they really throw away thousands of pounds just like that?

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29. No matter how dumb, old, or awkward the dude is, the woman is always young, skinny, and attractive.

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How about the other way around for a change?

–Dawn Sardella-Ayres and Annie Mills, Facebook

30. In fact, the lead female is almost always super slim and incredibly attractive.

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Friends With Benefits, 27 Dresses, Pretty Woman, Sweet Home Alabama, What's Your Number?, Good Luck Chuck, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Maid in Manhattan, My Best Friend's Wedding...

–Sara Lee, Facebook

31. And the cast is always predominantly white.

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Has it ever occurred to people that not only white people have relationships?


32. And the timescale for people to fall in love can border on ridiculous.

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You've known them for two minutes!

– Left Back at Home NCFC, Facebook

33. When a couple are out to dinner and one of them says something suggestive and they make sexy eye contact, then the film smash cuts to them bursting through a bedroom door making out.

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So many questions. Did they finish eating? Did they just start making out at the table?! Who paid the bill?!? Why didn't they take home the leftovers??


34. The public gesture at the end that wins back the girl.

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Just like that. So easy. Also... does it have to be in public? I would kill them, not jump into their arms.

Sara G

35. And they always follow the same formula.

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"Girl/guy hates something in their life (job, living situation, etc.) they have the best friend there for comic relief (sometimes a slutty friend, sometimes a gay friend). Usually they're either secretly in love with someone, or still pining over an ex. Either they end up dating the wrong person, and that wrong person does something douchey, or they fall in love with the random stranger/friend that's been there all along – yet (not-so-plot-twist) they have some sort of fight/fallout that gets resolved by some big romantic gesture or speech that makes every sap cry. And there is your basic plot summary for 80% of chick flicks."

–Taryn McCarl, Facebook

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