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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Donkey and dragon
Star-crossed lover no. 1
Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy)
Star-crossed lover no. 2
The meet cute
On his mission with Shrek to find a kidnapped Princess, Donkey encounters a fierce, fire-breathing dragon standing guard. Attempting to talk the dragon round, he discovers her to be female and his flattery wins him entry to more than just the castle.
Words of love
‘That's one dazzling smile you got there! And do I detect a hint of minty freshness?’
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