Movie Couples That Had No Onscreen Chemistry

Alice and Jasper’s relationship in Twilight has me in tears.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which movie couples had absolutely no chemistry in their films. Here are the results:


Constance Wu and Henry Golding in Crazy Rich Asians

Warner Bros. Pictures

“The leads in Crazy Rich Asians don’t have any chemistry, nor do they seem to be that fleshed out in the script. The supporting actors have better lines and their relationships are more believable.”



Kelly Marie Tran and John Boyega in Star Wars: The Last Jedi


“I genuinely did not think there was any chemistry between Kelly (Rose) and John’s (Finn) characters. Not once while watching the film did I think, ‘Yeah, these two will end up together.'”



Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in Thor

Marvel / Paramount Pictures

“Thor and Jane are great characters separately, but they did not work as a couple. Taika knew what he was doing when he broke them up for Thor: Ragnarok.”



Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in Jurassic World

Universal Pictures

“I think Bryce and Chris are both such talented actors, and maybe the direction just wasn’t there, but I didn’t buy their chemistry at all.”



Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt in Cast Away

20th Century Fox

“Tom and Helen’s chemistry was so bad, I feel like he must have deliberately stranded himself on that island.”



Daniel Radcliffe and Bonnie Wright in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Warner Bros. Pictures

“When I read the book, their relationship was so pure and made me so happy, which is why it’s one of my favorites from the series. But when I watched the movies, I was extremely disappointed with how poorly executed it was.”



Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy in This Means War

20th Century Fox

“I was so disappointed by Reese’s lack of chemistry with Tom Hardy. Casting Tom may have been to set up Chris Pine’s character as the “better choice” for Reese in the end, but Reese’s lack of any sort of chemistry with Tom made Chris seem like the ‘default’ or ‘fallback’ choice, instead.”



Henry Cavill and Amy Adams in Man of Steel

Warner Bros. Pictures

“Henry Cavill and Amy Adams were awful together. They looked as if they couldn’t be less interested in each other, and I damn near fell asleep every time they showed up on screen.”



Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae in The Lovebirds


“Kumail Nanjiani looked like he was trying way too hard for the relationship and the connection didn’t seem to be authentic.”



Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby

Warner Bros. Pictures

“The lack of chemistry between Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan as Gatsby and Daisy ruined the whole movie for me.”



Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally…

Columbia Pictures

“I hate to say this, but I have to… Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally are not great together. They don’t seem to click romantically even once in the movie. I love the story, just wish it was with a different cast.”



Freida Pinto and James Franco in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

20th Century Fox

“It was excruciatingly painful to watch James Franco and Freida Pinto have a relationship with absolutely no chemistry.”



Elle Fanning and Justice Smith in All the Bright Places


“Elle and Justice had no warmth for each other, and you couldn’t tell that they were playing two characters falling in love. There was no real connection between them — it all seemed a bit forced.”



Chris Evans and Emily VanCamp in Captain America: Civil War

Marvel / Disney

“There wasn’t ANY chemistry between Steve and Sharon! None! Not one bit! It makes no sense that they would have kissed.”



Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in Aquaman

Warner Bros. Pictures

“The chemistry was so non-existent, even in the supposed ‘romantic’ scene where Momoa and Heard were supposed to be falling in love. It felt forced and I experienced extreme secondhand embarrassment.”



Will Smith and Vivica A. Fox in Independence Day

20th Century Fox

“Vivica A. Fox and Will Smith, who played Steven Hiller and Jasmine Dubrow, had absolutely no chemistry to speak of.”



Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land


“I couldn’t stand Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling together! Even though they were SO amazing in other movies together, it felt like a High School Musical scene in this one.”



Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born

Warner Bros. Pictures

“Y’all can get mad all you want, but there was no chemistry at all between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. I spent the whole movie wondering what these two people were doing together.”



Joey King and Jacob Elordi in The Kissing Booth


“Noah acted like an older brother to Elle in The Kissing Booth, and it just felt weird and uncomfortable to watch.”



Amandla Stenberg and K.J. Apa in The Hate U Give

20th Century Fox

“Chris and Starr in The Hate U Give did not work well together. Their relationship in the book was so much better.”



Ashley Greene and Jackson Rathbone in Twilight

Summit Entertainment

“Alice and Jasper had no connection. It looked like she was dragging her unnecessarily tense child through all the scenes.”



Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games

Lionsgate Films

“Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as Katniss and Peeta felt very forced. Of course, in the beginning for Katniss it was actually forced, but later on when they were really married and had kids, there was still no chemistry.”



Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton in 5 Flights Up

Focus World

“Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman played husband and wife, but I swear she visibly flinched every time they had to kiss or show any romance. They definitely didn’t seem like a couple that had been married for so many years.”



Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in Beauty and the Beast


“There was no warmth between Belle and the Beast, even after they began to like each other. Belle was cold, Beast was stubborn, and unlike the cartoon, the ballroom scene was terrible at trying to convey romance.”



Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey

Universal Pictures

“Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are both good actors by themselves, but together they were a total mess.”



Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer in Call Me by Your Name

Sony Pictures Classics

“Elio and Oliver in Call Me by Your Name had absolutely no chemistry and a really weird, unbalanced relationship.”



Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton in The Sun Is Also a Star

Warner Bros. Pictures

“There was more passion in the book between Natasha and Daniel. The movie was even a day longer than the actual book, so you would think they would develop more chemistry, but it was all so awkward.”


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