This weekend romance-minded audiences flocked to see the Blake Lively-is-immortally-stuck-at-29-and-that’s-somehow-a-bad-thing drama The Age of Adaline. In the film, the modern-day Adaline (Lively) falls for a handsome man named Ellis (Game of Thrones star Michiel Huisman), only to discover that he is the son of the man named William (Harrison Ford), who she shared an intense romance with back in the ’60s.
So, to recap, girl meets boy, boy takes girl home to meet parents, girl was once in love with boy’s dad, boy’s dad is totally freaked out because girl looks exactly the same as she did nearly 50 years ago, boy and girl still carry on their romance. Look, getting past the whole eternal life thing is a hurdle enough in a blossoming relationship, but how could anyone get over the idea that not only was their partner was once in love with their father, but said father still finds her totally enchanting? Talk about awkward family gatherings forever. Literally.
Of course, The Age of Adaline is hardly the first romance that made us go “Ewww!” more than it made us “Awww!” Here are ten other memorably, accidentally icky on-screen love stories.
Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) in the Star Wars saga
Brother. And. Sister. Do we really need to say more? ::shudders forever::
Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) in the Twilight saga
He’s overbearing, leering, and, oh, did we mention he’s a pale, eternal vampire who, at over 100-years-old, and falls in love with a high schooler?
Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) in the Twilight saga
Stunningly, Bella and Edward weren’t the creepiest Twilight romance, not even by a long shot. Nope, that honor goes to the werewolf-hybrid imprinting himself on the vampire-hybrid daughter of the woman he pined over for years. Keep in mind, this was meant to be a romance. For teens.
Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) in Fifty Shades of Grey
Wait, wasn’t this supposed to be a sexy relationship? Then when is the dominant feeling in this S&M relationship discomfort with his demanding, overbearing personality and her meek, stunning lack of personality?
Henry (Eric Bana) and Clare (Rachel McAdams) in The Time Traveler’s Wife
Nope, nothing creepy about a nude time traveler visiting his love when she’s a small child. Nothing creepy at all.
Benjamin (Brad Pitt) and Daisy (Cate Blanchett) in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
It’s fine when Benjamin and Daisy “meet in the middle” but it’s wildly unsettling when he’s an baby old man and she’s a small child, and then later when she’s an old lady and old man baby. Follow all that?
Josh (Tom Hanks) and Susan (Elizabeth Perkins) in Big
Okay, she didn’t know he was technically a 12-year-old boy stuck in a grown man’s body when they slept together, but the audience did and it is a truly unsettling thing to consider.
Henry (Adam Sandler) and Lucy (Drew Barrymore) in 50 First Dates
Since when is wooing someone who suffers from short-term memory loss and using that to your advantage to win them over endearing instead of evil?
Adele (Kate Winslet) and Frank (Josh Brolin) in Labor Day
An ex-convict takes an emotionally and physically shut-in woman hostage and they fall in love over the course of three days. Their relationship is almost as unsettling as how they make pie, which is to say, VERY VERY unsettling.
Beauty and the Beast in Beauty and the Beast
Bestiality: tale as old as time?