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Top Ten Taboo Relationships in Film

Written by on July 2, 2010 

5. Jungle Fever (1991) (dir. Spike Lee)

What happens when a black man and a white woman falls in love in ’90s New York?  Everyone starts to stop and stare at the lady getting a case of the Jungle Fever.  Flipper (Wesley Snipes) falls for his new temp secretary, Angie (Annabella Sciorra), that just happens to be white.

4. Brokeback Mountain (2005) (dir. Ang Lee)

When you’re on the mountain tending to the flock alongside your mate why not keep each other warm at night? Ennis (Heath Ledger) and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) are two cowboys who fell in love while on Brokeback Mountain.  They now lead a lie of heterosexual married lives and are constantly sneaking away together to try and rekindle the love the found on Brokeback Mountain.  It is one of those films that when you watch it you can’t help but weep for the men in love, because they are so afraid of their time when they can’t be honest about their love.  It’s a brilliant drama and if you still haven’t seen it then you have to.

3. Great Balls of Fire (1989) (dir. Jim McBride)

When rock’n’roll soon to be legend, Jerry Lee Lewis (Dennis Quaid), goes ahead and marries his 13-year-old cousin, Myra (Winona Ryder), we watch the downfall of his career.  We can never tell who or when we’ll fall in love, but the world definitely can tell us who not to fall in love with.  When someone decides to marry their 13-year-old cousin the world will get very vocal.  Jerry goes from playing massive theatre filled venues to small backyard kind of jobs again because people don’t understand someone marrying a child.  It’s a sad tale mainly because of how it destroyed a rock’n’roll career that might’ve given us so many hit songs.

2. Beauty and the Beast (1991) (dir. Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise)

When we talk about Disney classics then this might just be the first movie that comes to most people’s minds. I know I’m playing fun here, but if you think of the situation quite literally and take away the fairytale setting you end up with a story about a woman who ends up falling in love with an animal, and last I checked bestiality was still illegal.

1. Manhattan (1979) (dir. Woody Allen)

I don’t know what it is about this film that makes it stand out over all the others.  Maybe it’s the fact that it’s directed and starring Woody Allen as he plays a man who falls in love with a younger woman, like he ended up doing in real life.  It’s kind of creepy everytime you see the two of them together and you can see that he’s not really in love, he’s just using this young girl to have a mindless fling.  It’s lines like “I’m dating a girl wherein I can beat up her father.  That’s the first time that phenomenon ever occurred in my life” that just make the movie downright creepy at times.  However, it is one of my favourite movies to watch and definitely my favourite Woody Allen movie of all-time.

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