The top ten unlikely screen romances
Romance blossoms in the most unlikely of places
As Shakespeare famously wrote in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the course of true love never did run smooth… and that’s when both participants are relatively straightforward sixteenth-century teens. When one of you is a car, a computer or a country, another layer of complexity is added to the courtship process. Time Out’s film writers round up their favourite oddball romances, a list which brings an entirely new definition to the term ‘alternative lifestyle’.
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Man and brain
Star-crossed lover no. 1
Dr Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin)
Star-crossed lover no. 2
Anne Uumellmahaye (voice: Sissy Spacek – uncredited)
The meet cute
Soon after brain surgeon Hfuhruhurr learns that his foxy new wife Dolores (Kathleen Turner) is a scheming user, he discovers he can hear the voices of living brains stored in jars. Chief among these is that of Anne Uumellmahaye, the disoriented brain of a sweet-natured woman. They immediately fall in love.
Happily ever after?
Yes. Thanks to a mixture of absurd chance and the Doc’s plotting, Anne’s brain ends up in the recently-deceased body of Dolores and despite some considerable weight gain, the pair wed.
Words of love
‘I don't think there's a girl floating in any jar anywhere who's as happy as I am.’
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