Sure, a lighthearted romantic comedy is sure to brighten your day. These films may even give viewers a new perspective on the possibility of finding true love. However, as fun as they seem, these films are not exactly true-to-life. If you and your spouse have encountered problems within your relationship, this list of relatable movie couples in desperate need of marriage counseling may help you take this step yourselves.
1. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Quite possibly the most volatile relationship to ever be seen on film, John and Jane Smith, love each other as much as humanly possible. That is until they begin learning the real truth and come to discover they are both really assassins that have now been hired to kill each other by their respective agencies. In just two short hours, viewers will see Mr. & Mrs. Smith attempt this task while also rediscovering the reasons they fell in love in the first place.
2. Gaslight (1944)
Perhaps if the main character, Paula, had tried and succeeded in getting her new husband into seeing a marriage counselor, his plan to make her feel crazy wouldn’t have worked out as planned. Any chance to find explanations for the strange goings-on around her recently murdered aunt’s estate, and the odd activities of her husband, may have been Paula’s ticket to a faster resolution to her troubles.
3. Gone Girl (2014)
If ever a film has been the definition of “a woman scorned”, it is Gone Girl. Amy Dunne could have saved herself a lot of her own headaches and stress if she had put all of her sadistic and torturous activities into actually repairing her marriage following her husband’s infidelity. Instead, she allows herself to be assaulted and robbed before destroying her relationship with Nick for good.
4. American Beauty (1999)
There’s only a slim chance that seeking help with their crumbling marriage would have helped Lester and Carolyn Burnham, but at least it sheds light on how not to handle such a slip into boredom and routine. This is a film that can lead couples to almost instant communication on such matters as the idea of losing their children and possibly even their lives begin to set in and take root.
5. Blue Valentine (2010)
Viewers will watch the death of a marriage, intermingled with flashbacks of its initial growth, in Blue Valentine. Both Dean and Cindy had come from dysfunctional families and this may have led them to go about their own relationship with false ideals and motives. With a little counseling, the couple may have been able to identify their issues and find a way to fix themselves in spite of their individual hang-ups.
6. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Another couple suffering from issues stemming from their family lives, Maggie and Brick Pollitt spend the film dealing with Brick’s family and a history with his closest high school friend. The problems seem to lie mostly within Brick’s inability to reconcile himself with his upbringing as well as Maggie’s inability to see why her husband has grown cold in recent years.
7. Crazy Love (2007)
Possibly the most dramatic of real-life relationships to ever be portrayed on film is that of Linda Riss and Burt Purgach. Though this couple saw its share of crazy love-type antics, it does a lot to reveal an undying love not easily deterred by adultery, physical assault, and subsequent 15-year prison term.
8. Modern Romance (1981)
Maybe a little couples counseling would have done something to improve the relationship between the self-centered Robert and his seemingly desperate girlfriend Mary. Therapy would have either succeeded in helping Robert end his cycle of flight or at least helped Mary see him for what he really was instead of constantly forgiving his selfish antics.
9. Mad Love (1995)
Drew Barrymore shined as a young woman with severe bi-polar disorder in Mad Love. In the film, Barrymore’s character Casey cycles between her love for Matt and her explosive reactions to fears regarding their relationship. Viewers will watch as Matt tries supporting Casey until the time comes when he sees her unraveling and decides that her own treatment and his education on the matter is the only answer to their ongoing woes.
10. Love, Actually (2003)
A seemingly light-hearted string of love stories Love Actually is actually ripe with marital issues including boredom, infidelity, and unrequited love. Most notably, Karen, a stressed-out housewife, and her husband with a wandering eye, Harry, will certainly have avoided some pretty awful situations if they had just learned to communicate openly and honestly about their feelings.
For a more realistic look at love, film-goers must look into the darker, yet still enjoyable, movies about dysfunctional relationships. Only then, can you discover that you aren’t alone in your quest for a healthy relationship.