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From Pretty Woman to Picture Perfect: When couples dated for mutual convenience

Anukriti Chaturvedi

Anukriti Chaturvedi
Jul 11, 2021

Source: Hindustan Times

Fake dating is one of the most satisfying tropes in movies. When two actors start fake dating on screen for the sake of mutual convenience, the audience knows that after some incidents and a few genuine moments, the two are bound to fall for each other for real.

Unfortunately, OTT platforms in India have a limited number of movies with a plotline dealing with fake dating. Nevertheless, we have dug through some great fake dating movies and compiled them for a gala time...

Just Go with It
6.2OTTplay Rating
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler star in this hilarious rom-com. When Dr. David Maccabee (Adam) asks his assistant Katherine (Jennifer) to join him and act as his “ex wife” on a trip with his girlfriend, comedy ensues. The lies keep on piling as Sandler ropes in Katherine’s kid as well in the grand scheme.
Pretty Woman
6.8OTTplay Rating
The quintessential 90s movie stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in pivotal roles. In a turn of events, Edward (Richard), a rich businessman ends up in Los Angeles’ red light area and encounters Vivian (Julia), a sex worker. Edward employs Vivian to be his girlfriend and accompany him to business events. In a My Fair Lady-esque turn of events, Vivian starts acclimatising to Edwards’ world to fit in place at his events with rich important people. The relationship of convenience soon turns into something else.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
7.3OTTplay Rating
In the first of the series trilogy adapted from Jenny Han’s books of the same name, Lara Jean (Lana Condor), a hopeless romantic, asks the school’s most popular guy, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) to be her fake boyfriend. Lara Jean’s goal is to throw off her sister’s ex-boyfriend and Peter’s goal is to make his ex-girlfriend, Gen, jealous. To All The Boys is definitely one of the cutest and most diverse representative films to come out in recent times.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
6.7OTTplay Rating
Kate Hudson and Mathew McConughey star in this hilarious rom-com. When Benjamin (McConughey) is challenged to make any woman fall in love with him, he is suggested to woo Andy. Unbeknownst to him, Andy works at women’s magazine composure and is writing her own article on How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days with the most irritating quirks women inadvertently pull off. Absurdities and laughter ensue soon after.
Picture Perfect
5.7OTTplay Rating
In this rom-com, Kate, essayed by Jennifer Aniston, decides to go with the rumour someone spread in her office regarding her “engagement” to a videographer Nick (Jay Mohr). She needs to prove that she is stable enough for her boss to give her a promotion which he then gives. As Kate and Nick go on fake dating, something soon blossoms.
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