You don’t need a relationship counsellor to tell you that hooking up with a time traveller is problematic. So it is when Rachel McAdams’s Clare tries to make a go of it with Eric Bana’s Henry DeTamble, a man who suddenly and uncontrollably lurches through time, routinely popping up stark naked in an entirely different year. And, worse, he’s been seeing her behind her own back since she was a child. This is a whole (ahem) banner’s worth of red flags.
Red flags: public nudity, grooming
Obviously, Pretty Woman is a classic example of Hollywood romances’ age-old fixation with heroes who ‘rescue’ each other – a skew on the old Cinderella fable spiced up with A-list actors and fancy sprees down Rodeo Drive. But it’s worth remember that in at least one of the original versions of that fairy tale, Cinders is brutally murdered by her stepsister. All is not necessarily well that ends well, in other words. With that in mind, we’ve put on our agony uncle/aunt hat and taken a less-than-forensic look at some of those movie romances where everyone is too blinded by the swooning possibilities to notice the fatal flaws.