the most i-Conic coming of age couples

Our alternative to Valentines Day’s soppiness.

by Tish Weinstock
14 February 2017, 9:00am

Roses are red, violets are blue, it's never easy, but I think I love you. With the whole world preparing to either be wined and dined by their prettier half, or spend all of Sunday sobbing into a tub of Ben and Jerry's whilst crying over The Notebook, and with every other media outlet trying to flog some totally irrelevant product for you and your loved one, we thought we'd do something a little bit different. To celebrate the day of Saint Valentine, we've taken a trip back through cinematic history to find the most i-Conic coming of age couples. Far from being examples of heart-shaped-emojis-I'll-love-you-till-the-end-of-time-perfect kids in love, they're just regular examples of two people falling in love and trying to figure stuff out. Because love is awkward, it's messy, it hurts, and somehow life always ends up getting in the way, but as a much wiser person than I once said, "the greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." Ok, fine, it's from Moulin Rouge!

The Grand Budapest Hotel's Zero and Agatha
He was lowly lobby boy with a badly drawn on moustache and she was a young pastry chef with a Mexico-shaped birthmark on the side of her face. And together they were in love. After surviving a villainous plot and a large gunfight, they were married at once. But sadly, Agatha succumbed to the Prussian Gripe and died two years later along with her infant son.

True Romance's Clarence Worley and Alabama Whitman
Clarence Worley and Alabama Whitman; theirs is a love story that will go down in history as one of the most romantic of all time. Like star crossed lovers - she a kung fu loving call girl and he a kung fu loving businessman for whom his boss had hired Alabama - they overcame all odds; a murderous apparition of Elvis Presley, the slaying of a pimp, being on the run with stolen money and cocaine, numerous accounts of being beaten up, a fake drug deal, and a big shootout, where literally everybody dies. In the end they flee to Mexico to start a new life, and Alabama gives birth to baby Elvis. Now that's what you call a true romance.

Heathers' Veronica Sawyer and J. D.
They say there's nothing like falling for the bad guy, and Veronica Sawyer fell for the worst. At first he was just your average rebellious teen, dressed head to toe in black, but after an impromptu game of strip croquet, Veronica realised it was more than just a little crush. Then things got a bit weird, and J.D. started killing all the cool kids in school and making out like it was suicide. Although, he was actually doing it to protect Veronica's honour. Nevertheless, as her teen angst bullshit began to rack up a body count, and when she discovered J.D.'s plans to blow up the whole school, Veronica was forced to shoot him. In the end he blew himself up to the sound of Veronica's tears. Sometimes, when you love someone you have to let them go.

Blue is the Warmest Colour's Emma and Adele
And now for a tale of heartbreak…. They say you never forget your first love; how could you when you fall in love with someone like Emma? Blue-haired, and bohemian, an artist, an activist, and someone totally at ease with their sexuality, for Adele, Emma represented everything she wasn't. Theirs was the kind of obsessive, all consuming, gut wrenching love, that once it has you in its grip it's hard to break free. Of course, when someone does let go, the devastation it causes is unbearable. But as another sage person who wasn't in Moulin Rouge! once said, "'tis better to have loved and lost; than never to have loved at all."

10 Things I Hate About You's Kat and Patrick
At first it was all a ploy, if Patrick was able to tame the shrew and get edgy Senior, Kat, to prom, her father Walter would be forced to allow his younger way more popular daughter, Bianca, to attend prom, too. Which suited new but loserish kid on the block, Cameron, who was in love with Bianca and who was also paying bad boy Patrick (they say he ate a live duck once, everything apart from the beak and the feet) to bewitch and beguile Kat in the first place. Despite rebuffing him at first, after a highly charged game of paintballing and a live performance with a marching band, Kat begins to fall for Patrick. Naturally, she finds out about Cameron's deal with Patrick, which is when Kat pens one of the most romantic sonnets of all time about all the things she hates about Patrick. But little does she know that Patrick had in fact fallen in love with her, too. Although, she finds out when he uses Cameron's money to buy her a guitar because she's edgy and wants to start a band. They live happily ever after. 


Text Tish Weinstock

coming of age
Valentine's Day
True Romance
Wes Anderson
10 Things I Hate About You
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Blue Is the Warmest Colour