The top ten unlikely screen romances

Romance blossoms in the most unlikely of places

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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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Christine

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Man and car

Star-crossed lover no. 1
Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon)

Star-crossed lover no. 2
Christine, a 1958 Plymouth Fury convertible

The meet cute
It’s love at first sight, as bookish Arnie buys beat-up Christine (with over 93,000 miles on her clock), gets her spruced up and sets about flashing this chrome-plated, cruise-controlled cutie off to all his friends. Kudos achieved!

Happily ever after?
When Arnie finds out that his erstwhile paramour has been responsible for a rash of local murders, the mother of all break ups ensues, with one partner slammed through the windscreen onto a convenient impaling spike, and the other crushed into a small cube. Ah, l’amour!

Words of love
‘You better watch what you say about my car. She's real sensitive.’

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