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13 Movies You Should Never Watch With Your Significant Other

15 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists | by Dan Torkel

unfaithful movies

Some movies are meant to be seen with friends. Others are meant to be enjoyed as “date movies”. But some rare films turn the movie going experience into a two-plus hour exercise in awkward tension. These films forgo the basics clichés of most love stories and typically devolve into the dark underworld of human relations.

The following are 13 films that under no circumstances should be watched with your significant other. This is in no way an indictment of these films as many are critically and popularly acclaimed and are in fact excellent. What they have in common is the uncomfortableness you and your husband, wife, fiancé, or boy/girlfriend will experience during and after watching them.

The best movies provoke debate, dialogue and conversation. These films provoke anger, suspicion, and inadequacy. You have been warned…


13. Hall Pass (2011)


The Movie: Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis are two bumbling guys bored in their relationships, who are given a one week break from marriage by their wives.

Why you should NOT watch with your SO: This “would be comedy” opens up all sorts of Pandora’s Box questions married couples should not explore. The men in the movie prove they know nothing about actually meeting women as the women explore their own freedom. Many married individuals saw the previews and said, “Hey Honey we should try that!” By the end you’ll be questioning each other’s vows.


12. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

The Movie: In Kevin Smith’s Z&M, two friends, Seth Rogen & Elizabeth Banks are in bad financial trouble and of course what else is there to do but… make and sell a homemade porno. Of course, friends become lovers who can’t handle it and need over two hours to resolve their feelings.

Why you should NOT watch with your SO: Zack and Miri is all in the title. No one wins in homemade pornography, and broaching the subject could be a deal breaker. It all stirs up issues of sexual inadequacy and well, the obsession with pornography.


11. Chasing Amy (1997)


The Movie: Chasing Amy stars the usual Kevin Smith crowd focusing on Ben Affleck’s Holden who falls for a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams). After getting her to switch teams, her past stirs up all sorts of problems for his personal and professional relationships.

Why you should NOT watch with your SO: Chasing Amy is about a man unable to deal with his girlfriend’s promiscuous past to the point where he sabotages his entire life. Watching it with a significant other might cue questions of past sexual experiences and promiscuity and end in real life arguing and despair.


10. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

eyes wide shut mask

The Movie: Stanley Kubrick’s last film explores a married couple’s adventures which involve admitting sexual fantasies with strangers, following women home, and sneaking into high society orgies.

Why you should NOT watch with your SO: Don’t you just love Tomcole? Oh wait…..maybe they shouldn’t have watched the screening together. Everything in this film makes marriage and sex feel creepy and awkward. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were married in real life and divorced soon after adding to the overwhelming eeriness. Not to mention you may start to give dirty looks to everyone your significant other works with.


9. The Good Girl (2002)

The Good Girl

The Movie: A retail worker, Jennifer Aniston is bored by her schlubby working class husband (John C. Reilly) and his couch potato lifestyle, and embarks on an affair with a new young coworker (Jake Gyllenhaal). Reilly’s best friend sees the illicit tryst and uses it to his advantage to make his own move on Aniston.

Why you should NOT watch with your SO: Sure Reilly is a doofus, but he is a faithful working husband. Aniston’s character feels liberated by her affair and soon everyone is acting in their own interests. Working class couples who come home and watch TV should avoid this film or risk facing inquiries as to “why don’t we do more exciting things?”


8. Fatal Attraction (1987)

Fatal Attraction

The Movie: Michael Douglas is a loving husband and father. But when the family is away the lonely husband will play. His wild weekend affair with Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) turns into a stalker-thriller with Close inevitably choosing the “Me or No one” approach to love by going after his wife, his daughter, and of course, his rabbit.

Why you should NOT watch with your SO: Many of us have jobs requiring us to work late, not make it home, and miss family getaways. Those seemingly mundane occurrences become targets of wild speculation after this thriller. Asking to stay home from the family trip is met with scorn and suspicion. Plus, simple rule: Don’t watch movies with your significant other, in which the protagonist is a cheating liar.



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  • George Kozera

    Brokeback Mountain!! Fishing with the guys? Sure you are!!!

    • JonRalphs

      Ha funny guy.

  • J Pablo R Hdz

    What about Blue Valentine?

  • thelimerent

    the ending of unfaithful is wishful thinking. they’re fantasizing about getting away with it. the camera pulls out and they’re sitting outside a police station. boom.

  • Tony Blundetto

    This is no surprise. Hollywood has been trying to kill the marriage institution for years. Just watch any lifetime movie and you will see how men are vilified. Most movies nowadays are a about the “poor pitiful housewife” who has no zest in her life and thinks that an affair is the answer. No wonder women lead the way in divorce today.

    • Anthony

      Lifetime Originals are hardly “Hollywood.”

      • Armando De La Cruz

        But watched by a high number of women

    • mph23

      Men aren’t vilified. Stupid asshole men just are finding it harder to own women in the 21st century.

  • Jose Ignacio

    500 days of summer

  • Anthony

    Blue Valentine was a huge miss on this list.

  • Rick

    a movie titled, IIRC, “the sex monster”. Husband decides it’d be hot to have his wife engage in a 3 way with him and another woman. Wife loves being with the woman that she turns into some sort of lesbian nymphomaniac, not allowing her husband to participate, keeping him locked out of the bedroom, and destroying the relationship

  • Bat-Dave

    I saw Irreversible with my ex. That was no picnic.

    • James Howlett

      Exactly, that was the first film I was thinking of when i read the headline, or films like 120 days of Sodom, A Serbian Film and stuff like that.

    • Allister Cooper

      Word, just word.

  • Tony G

    Update: GONE GIRL

  • Ted Wolf

    Bridges of Madison county. Even though her husband and kids were incredibly loving and supportive she still needed an affair with a vagrant in order to fulfilled

    • janie

      worst movie i ever saw!

  • Daria Dykes

    So, the idea here is that you shouldn’t watch movies about relationship problems because they might remind you of your own relationship, or movies depicting general life dissatisfaction because they might remind both of you that you are dissatisfied?

    Goddamn, this is the most cynical list I’ve ever seen. Mr. Torkel, the fact that any of this occurs to you suggests you need a better relationship. Really, they don’t all require walking on eggshells.

  • Bryton Cherrier

    Happiness is a good one to be on this list.

  • oyunbozan

    fuk you, poster.

  • La.Guada

    Uhm, if your relationship is a healthy one, seeing any of these movies won’t do anything. I have watched several on this list with my boo and it hasn’t resulted in any of us doing what was depicted. Just like seeing charmed hasn’t resulted in any of us developing magical powers. I also am intrigued as to why the author is so scared of conversations about “spicing up” or “doing interesting things” in a relationship. Those usually end up in dates, vacations and sex in my humble experience, not in people deciding to see other people… but I don’t know, maybe the author’s knows someone that after seeing any of these movies would start cheating.

  • ScorpiusMaximus

    Missed out on Closer??

    I thought that was the most anti Date movie, ever seen. Two couples, two cheating partners, and it was one of the most cynical, cold movie I have ever seen. Both the guys are first rate dicks- Jude Law forces Julia Roberts to get into an affair with him, even while in a relationship with Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen, is totally caveman like in his approach with Roberts.

  • Andy Perkins

    This list tells me a lot more about the author’s own insecurities than it does about the movies themselves.

    • La.Guada

      Yeah, I felt the same way

  • María Cardona

    This article seems to be written for a very conservative few.

  • Brandon Thompson

    How about Anti-Christ (or just Lars Von-Trier in general)?

    • xneon

      abso-freakin-lutely. Dogville, Dancer In The Dark…
      Maybe Idiots would work. Definitely The Boss Of It All.
      But overall Von Trier is into stuff hard to dispute after all.

  • Klaus Dannick

    On Zack and Miri’s inclusion: I’ve watched it with my significant other, and we both loved it. And we both enjoy porn, so why is it that the author of this article considers an interest in porn to be so unhealthy to relationships? My significant other and I have been together for fourteen years, and we’ve been aware of each other’s interest in pornography for our entire time together. What’s the big deal?

    Furthermore, objective and mature adults can appreciate art together without necessarily applying the implications contained therein to their personal lives. Fiction and reality are exclusive worlds, and they need not intersect. Art appreciation: you should try it sometime.

  • Christopher Basile

    War of the Roses (1989) !

  • janie

    good advice, i watched about half of these with my ex

  • I add one more: The Bridges of Madison County.

  • kinch’s edge

    Scenes From A Marriage?

  • Jean-Marc Corbeil

    Alexandra’s project without a doubt!

  • Robin Thomas

    only a guy would come up with this–its just a movie, stupid.

  • Allister Cooper

    The Boost.

  • David Pollison

    What about the Swedish movie Force Majeure?

  • Andy Heller

    While there totally were other contributing factors, my ex-wife and I divorced shortly after seeing Revolutionary Road together. We has an argument about the film that lasted weeks and we were never really the same again. When I saw this at number one, I almost shouted, “I’m not alone!”