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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Electric Dreams


Woman and computer

Star-crossed lover no. 1
Madeline (Virginia Madsen)

Star-crossed lover no. 2
Edgar, the Pinecone Systems home computer (voiced by Bud Cort)

The meet cute
When he becomes sentient following an incident with an illegal download and a bottle of champagne, deskbound PC Edgar starts thinking he’s people. And, this being America in the 80s, he immediately starts writing synth-based pop smashes, obsessing over home appliances and crushing on the leggy cellist next door.

Happily ever after?
Brains before beauty may be a nice ideal, but it’s not going to work if those brains are actually hard-wired circuitry. Edgar is forced to step aside in favour of his not-as-smart (and frankly, not much better-looking) owner, and attempts suicide to the strains of Phil Oakey. As you do.

Words of love
‘Well, Doctor, it's really the same question: I want to know what love is.’

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