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Off the beaten path couples (Valentine’s Day)

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! Or, if you’re reading this in late February or mid-June, good day to you. Either way, we’re here to share a few of our favorite “off the beaten path” couples. Note: This is a companion piece to our first podcast episode (posted Friday, February 12).

We tried to avoid the obvious with our picks, so sit back and bask in these forgotten, unlikely, or under-appreciated couples. And, remember, if you want to hear us gab about these couples for an hour plus, just listen to our inaugural podcast episode. THANKS.

Johnny’s Picks

Howard/Bev, Howard the DuckWhat can I say? “That’s a duck! That’s a duck, man!” Inter-species erotica never came in a cuter package.


Keith/Watts, Some Kind of WonderfulAndie did not end up with Duckie. That didn’t sit well with John Hughes. Enter Some Kind of Wonderful. Masterson’s Watts is kinda like the badass female version of Duckie to Stoltz’ Keith (who is NOT played by Eric Roberts, mind you — BTW, listen to the podcast).

some kind of wonderful

Randy/Julie, Valley GirlShe’s cool. He’s hot. She’s from the Valley. He’s not. What else do you need to know?


R./Julie, Warm Bodies. R. + Julie. (Read our review for more insight to this duo)

warm bodies

Mark/Nora, Pump up the Volume. In which Nora (Samantha Mathis) pens provocative letters and Mark/Hard Harry (Christian Slater)…enjoys them. Talk Hard!


Toxie/Sarah Toxic AvengerTromance is in the air and love truly is blind. After saving her life, Sarah falls for Toxie’s inner beauty. What more could a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength ask for?

toxie sarah sad

Joanna’s Pick’s

Julie/Tod, Parenthood. Keanu Reeves’ that Tod (aka Ted Theodore Logan) and Martha Plimpton’s Julie make for a disastrous, rebellious teenage couple that you can’t help but root for in the end… even though they’ll most likely become a sad statistic.

tod julie

Kate/Allie, Kate & Allie. Two of my favorite sitcom moms, living together in NYC in the 80s. While they never actually took their relationship to the next level, they really should have. #LoveWins

kate and allie

Valerie/Mac, Earth Girls are Easy. Fuzzy, magical alien love blossoms in the Valley for Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum. Bonus: it’s kind of a musical.

jeff goldblum

Lucas/Rinna, Lucas. Another missed connection. While Lucas pines for the popular girl, he overlooks Rinna’s longing glances. While we don’t see it onscreen, I like to think these two got together after the credits rolled.


Annie/Paul, Misery. OK, so there is definitely zero romance going on here, but there’s an excruciating amount of psycho obsession oozing from Miss Annie Wilkes. And let’s be real, as a writer, Paul needs readers. So, while he doesn’t need a sledgehammer to the ankle, he still needs the fans. And Annie is his number one fan.


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