There are certain kisses, oftentimes finding home at the end of a movie, that make you feel all warm and gooey inside… until a couple of hours later, when you're looking back at what you saw, and a little voice in your head says, "Wait a minute…"
We're taking a look at the most memorable kisses in film from the '80s on, including the Best Kisses and the Worst Kisses. These, however, are the kisses that make us ask the question: romantic or creepy?
Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, Ghost
Poor Molly. She's lost her soul mate Sam and has a medium (Whoopi Goldberg) bringing her messages from him from beyond the grave. She's even gotten to share a kiss with Sam as he inhabits Whoopi's body. Then, his spirit finally at ease after righting the wrong that led to his death, a ghostly Sam appears and tenderly kisses her before going towards the light. Did you cry? Ditto.
Only… He's a freakin' ghost! There is a ghost right there, right in the room with you… transparent and bathed in some weird glowing light! Give Molly credit, because no matter whom it's the spirit of, when a ghost shows up most people run the other way.
Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln, Love Actually
Lincoln's Mark arrives at the home of his best friend (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his new bride, Knightley, who answers the door. Mark has her pretend that he's actually a Christmas caroler, quietly holding up cue cards to profess his love for her. Having gotten it out in the open, Mark takes his cards and walks away, down an empty London street. His unrequited love chases him down and gives him a sweet kiss before returning to her happy home, showing him that love is never wasted.
Only… For starters, she's married. To his best friend! Even if your best friend's wife is the insanely beautiful Knightley, you don't profess your love to her. And, if you're her, you don't go around kissing your husband's friends. Even in Britain we're pretty sure that's a rule.
Melanie Lynskey and Christopher Abbott, Hello I Must Be Going
Lynskey's Amy is going through a rough patch. She's getting divorced and is forced to move back in with her parents. Lucky for her, one of her father's business associates has a gorgeous young son, who, at a dinner party, follows her from the room and plants a passionate kiss on her. The love affair that follows awakens her soul and helps her rediscover life.
Only…Okay, so Abbott's Jeremy is legal, but just barely (he's 19). On the one hand, it's true that we've seen male characters on the older end of many a cinematic May-December romance, but we usually like the girl to be out of her teens once the story starts! Otherwise we get a little creeped out. It's no different just because it's Lynskey doing the canoodling.
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing
Swayze makes his second appearance on the list when his Johnny pours out his heart to Grey's Baby as she's trying to learn how to dance to help him and his partner out of a jam. He's misunderstood and she doesn't know what it's like to have married women that expect him to service them. The kiss itself is brief, but it comes as part of a larger dancing mating ritual that's as sexy as all get out.
Only… Wait, how old is Johnny? More importantly, how old is Baby? Even if it's legal, he's kind of taking some liberties with a guest at the resort he's working at… which is a touch skeevy. Plus, no matter how dreamy Swayze is, he kind of admitted to being a little bit of a gigolo.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair, Cruel Intentions
Gellar's privileged and bored Kathryn is lounging in the park with fellow young socialite, Cecile (Blair). The naïve Cecile confides that she's worried about kissing a boy, since she's never even been "to first base." Gellar, charged with helping to guide the younger girl, offers to give her a lesson on the art of the kiss. She shows her the proper way to touch lips before upping the ante and demonstrating how the tongue comes into play. As she pulls away from Cecile's first French kiss, Kathryn states simply, "That's first base." Teen boys everywhere wore out their family's first DVD player skipping back to the scene.
Only…Kathryn is every bit as bad as the French aristocrat from Dangerous Liaisons on which she's based. She's coldly manipulative and is really just using Cecile to get revenge on her ex-boyfriend and repeatedly tries to get her step-brother (Ryan Phillippe) to seduce her. Hot or not, there's got to be a better way for a girl to learn how to kiss.
Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis, Witness
Ford's hard-boiled detective is forced into hiding in a Pennsylvania Amish community as he tries to protect McGillis' young son (Lukas Haas) who has witnessed a murder. As Ford recovers from a gunshot wound, he gradually falls for McGillis' fair maid… whom he catches taking one of the sexiest sponge baths in any movie. Fully clothed, they share a moment dancing to Sam Cooke. Finally, they share an embrace that cuts across cultural differences.
Only…We're not saying that back in 1985 plenty of women wouldn't have risked being shunned by their entire community to swap spit with Ford, but this woman is casting aside everything she and her family have always believed in for some cop from Philly. Goodbye, old friends...
Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo, 13 Going on 30
13-year-old Jenna (played by Christa Allen) goes into a closet during her birthday party and emerges as a 30-year-old working at a fashion magazine (Garner). She realizes quickly that she's not the person that she thought she would be. Worse yet, she alienated her best friend Matt (Ruffalo) somewhere along the way. Just as he's about to marry someone else, Jenna is back to being 13 and launches herself at young Matt (played by Sean Marquette). The two rush up a set of stairs and emerge at their own wedding as Ruffalo takes a selfie of him kissing Garner, his blushing bride. It's so sweet dentists recommend brushing your teeth after viewing.
Only…Okay, so body-switching, time traveling movies always have some logistical problems. In this case, if 13-year-old Jenna made her feelings known to Matt, when exactly is this wedding taking place? Because it looks an awful lot like the one that 30-year-old Matt was about to have with his now non-existent fiancée. That's an awful lot of dating — or procrastinating — for a couple that's made for each other.
Emile Hirsch and Elisha Cuthbert, The Girl Next Door
Hirsch's Matthew spies his new neighbor getting changed and as luck would have it, it's Cuthbert, at the height of her teen dream-ness after wowing TV audiences as Jack Bauer's daughter on 24. She tells on him to his parents and, of course, they suggest that as punishment he spend more time with the new hottie. He takes her to a party where every jock in the place tries to get his swerve on with her. Fed up, Matthew walks up to her and kisses her. Far from being offended, she returns the embrace.
Only…Let's start with the fact that Matthew doesn't know that Cuthbert's character is a former porn actress until after he's already in love with her. Even if she really has a heart of gold, honesty is still the best policy.
Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, Ted
Wahlberg's John and Kunis' Lori have been dating for four years, only John isn't that much of a grown-up and pals around with one of his childhood toys, a talking stuffed animal named Ted, who has a thing for just about any vice that you can think of. John is given an ultimatum by Lori: me or the bear. As often happens, things work themselves out. John and Lori seal their "new" relationship with a kiss as Ted watches from the sofa.
Only…His roommate is a talking teddy bear, for goodness sake! That doesn't raise enough red flags for you to walk away from the relationship? We get that Marky Mark has a crazy good body, but come on. Don't come crying to us the first time that Ted shows up at a dinner party with a hooker.
Paul Rudd & Alicia Silverstone, Clueless
Silverstone's Cher is so busy trying to fix everyone else's life that she doesn't even see what's in front of her in this modern retelling of Jane Austen's Emma. Rudd's Josh, the son of one of her father's ex-wives, is an earnest college student who still lives with them part-time as he helps out at his step-dad's law office. Cher finally realizes that it's been Josh all along that has been there for her. The two share a tender kiss before officially becoming boyfriend-girlfriend.
Only… He's her step-brother! Sure, the marriage is over, but he certainly seems to think he's part of the family. Even in Beverly Hills, making out with your step sibling is frowned upon. As with some of the other ones on this list, there's also the nagging problem that even though the age difference may not be that great, she's only 16 and he's well into his college years. As if.
Love & Theft star Stephen Barker Liles has announced his plans to wed fiancee Jenna Kennedy on 24 August (14). The new parents will exchange vows in Nashville, Tennessee.
The country star tells Country Weekly magazine, "We’re really excited."
Barker Liles reveals the wedding and reception locations are set, and his bride-to-be has settled on a dress.
The couple's son, Jett, was born in December (13).
Australian actor Liam Mcintyre and singer Erin Hasan have tied the knot in Melbourne. The Spartacus: War of the Damned star wed Hasan at St John's Anglican Church in his hometown on Sunday (05Jan14), in front of an estimated 120 guests.
The happy groom tells People.com, "I saw true love as a child and dreamt that one day I'd have the same. Today is the first day knowing that I'll have that forever."
The bride wore a Monique Lhuillier gown while the groom donned Giorgio Armani for their big day.
The couple became engaged at Walt Disney World in December, 2012, when romantic McIntyre dressed up as Prince Charming.
And now the actor, who who was named one of People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2012, hopes to live up to his name as a husband, adding, "In Irish, Liam means 'determined protector' and I want to make sure Erin is always safe and supported. If I can make her life better, then I'll feel I've done a good job."
Would Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) confess his love to Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew) before her wedding?
That was the question before the Grey's Anatomy winter finale. Kepner's marriage to Matthew (Justin Breuning) seemed forced.
Yeah, he's a nice guy, but the spark that Avery and Kepner shared was apparent.
Avery waited until the actual wedding. He delivered a moving plea to the redheaded bride in an "oh, damn" moment: "April, I love you. I always have. I love everything about you. Even the things I don't like, I love. And I want you with me. I love you, and I think that you love me too ... do you?"
But that wasn't the only part of the winter finale that raised eyebrows. Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and Dr. Meredith Grey's (Ellen Pompeo) friendship is deteriorating.
"You know what Meredith ... go to hell. I have listened to your crap for weeks now and I'm not gonna stand here and take it any more."
Their fight over surgical competence and the importance of family has been brewing for a while. The only solution could be bare-knuckle boxing or a steel-cage match. Hair pulling would definitely be legal.
Speaking of Yang, her boy toy Dr. Shane Ross (Gaius Charles) is out of control. He's mean-spirited, edgy, reckless and disrespectful. All because he finally got some. His surgical mistake should get him in hot water, possibly even resulting in termination.
The other docs have OK story lines, but nothing really intriguing, although Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) could have a game changer thanks to a phone call from the President of the United States.
Kepner's response will be the juiciest outcome at all. Avery has played his hand and it will have a gigantic domino effect whether Kepner's answer is yes or no.
Prince Felix Of Luxembourg celebrated his marriage by exchanging vows with his bride in a lavish ceremony on Saturday (21Sep12), just days after they officially wed in a simple civil procedure. The European royal married Claire Lademacher last Tuesday (17Sep13) in a small ceremony in her native Germany, before jetting to France to mark their big day with a huge wedding in the town of Saint-Maxim-La-Sainte-Baum on Saturday.
The second set of nuptials took place in a historic church in front of around 350 guests. The bride wore an extravagant dress with a 10-foot (three-metre) train.
Prince Felix, 29, who is second in line to the throne, met Lademacher while they were both studying in Switzerland. They announced their engagement in December (12).
Country star Stephen Barker Liles will have to add one more guest to his wedding list - his fiancee is pregnant with the couple's first child. The country singer's bride-to-be Jenna Michelle Kennedy is expecting a baby in December (13), according to People.com.
Liles, whose bandmate Eric Gunderson became a dad earlier this year (Mar13), says, "It’s perfect timing. December is our freest month of the year so, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be home with Jenna and the baby."
Liles proposed to his girlfriend in May (13) and the couple hopes to wed next summer (Jun14).
Actress Shenae Grimes has shared the details of her "rock 'n' roll" wedding in a post on her new blog, uploading pictures of her big day and revealing why she opted to walk down the aisle in a black dress. The 90210 star married British model Josh Beech at a countryside estate just outside of London in May (13), and she has now published her wedding pictures online.
Grimes exchanged vows with Beech while wearing an eye-catching black wedding dress, and she has now admitted why she shunned a traditional white gown.
In a post on her new online blog, she writes, "I... couldn't imagine myself as a blushing bride in white! I tried on a few beautiful cream lace gowns and while my mom and friends... thought I looked pretty... it just wasn't me! In an exasperated long shot, I googled the well-known bride go-to Vera Wang and saw pictures of her recent collection of all-black wedding dresses!... For the first time I found an outfit that I could picture myself saying my 'I dos' in...
"As soon as I texted my mom a picture of me in THE dress she began incessantly texting and calling me... I was sold... I threw caution to the wind and started my fittings! At that moment I realised I could still be a blushing princess bride that most little girls dream of but do it in my own rock n roll kinda way. And the best part? Josh f**king loved it!"
Grimes has shared pictures of the newlyweds signing the register, posing with the wedding party, and another intimate snap which shows Grimes in her dress before walking out to meet her groom.
The couple began dating last year (12) and became engaged in December (12).
Pop star Jessica Simpson and former House actress Odette Annable turned bridesmaids on Saturday (15Jun13) as they attended a pal's wedding in California. Heavily-pregnant Simpson braved the heat and donned a fitted black gown for interior decorator Kathryn Sykora's nuptials to former American football star Chris Hetherington, who is friends with her retired athlete fiance Eric Johnson.
The couple exchanged vows at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, where Jessica's singer sister Ashlee Simpson and newly-married former personal assistant CaCee Cobb were also on hand for the ceremony, in addition to Annable.
The Irresistible hitmaker is due to give birth next month (Jul13), but she appeared to be in high spirits as she supported the beautiful bride - a source tells Eonline.com, "Jessica seemed in great spirits despite looking like she was ready to burst, though she was definitely touching her belly quite a bit and moving around slowly."
This isn't the first time fashion designer Simpson has participated in a friend's wedding - in December (12) she served as Cobb's maid of honour when she wed actor Donald Faison.
Actor Steve Martin has broken his silence on the birth of his first child with Anne Stringfield, insisting fatherhood is going great because "I have a wonderful wife". The Father of the Bride star and Stringfield, who is 26 years his junior, quietly welcomed a baby in December (12), and managed to keep the birth news, sex and name of the tot a secret for months.
Martin appeared on U.S. TV programme The Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday (23Apr13) to promote his new bluegrass album, Love Has Come For You, but he was unable to dodge questions about the new family member in his life.
Host Letterman told viewers the newborn was a little girl, and when asked about his daughter's name, the 67 year old joked, "We've thought about the name quite a bit. Conquistador. What do you think? I didn't want to go with one of those Hollywood weird names. Conquistador is a statement."
The funnyman, who brought a fake baby monitor onto the show to prove he's a "responsible dad," later took on a more serious tone and thanked his wife of six years for being such a tremendous parent: "It's going great because I have a wonderful wife."
Dance music superstar Deadmau5 and his bride-to-be, celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, are to exchange vows in a wacky underwater-themed ceremony. The DJ, real name Joel Zimmerman, proposed to the reality TV star in December (12), and now they're putting the finishing touches to their 10 August (13) nuptials.
According to People.com, the couple will marry in an "underwater-themed" ceremony before 200 friends and family in Los Angeles.
Sources claim the ceremony will be inspired by the couple's mutual love for author H.P. Lovecraft's short story The Call of Cthulhu, about a half-man, half-octopus character.
And Von D has picked out her gown designers - Falguni and Shane Peacock - and wedding style.
She explains, "(The dress) will have a sleek silhouette and include hints of iridescent teals, blues and deep violet ombre gradients."
The series, set in Los Angeles, relates the trials and tribulations of Ruth and Matt Henshaw, a couple married eight years; and the life and romantic misadventures of Lily Ruskin, Ruth's mother, a widow who lives with them.