In real life, a bad first date is often about boredom. You have nothing in common, little to talk about and there is little or no physical attraction. In the movies, first dates are not often pictured that way because people don’t want to pay money so they can watch actors master the art of boredom. Bad dates in movies are often associated with drinking, drugs, and otherwise off-the-wall behavior. Here are the 6 worst first dates in movie history.
"Hard Candy" (2005)
Jeff Kohlver (Patrick Wilson) is a pervert who begins chatting to 14-year-old Hayley Stark (Ellen Page) over the internet. After talking online for a few weeks, Hayley meets Jeff at a coffee shop and she proposes that they take the relationship further even though he is in his 30s. Convinced that Jeff is a pedophile, Hayley prepares him a tainted drink, and when he wakes up, he is tied to a chair and the torture begins. Think back to your worst date and console yourself knowing that at least you weren't drugged and tortured – although it may have felt that way.
"American Pie" (1999)
Jim (Jason Biggs) is a normal high school guy who's dying to lose his virginity. He thinks he's going to get lucky because he has a date with the scrumptious Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) and he gets to go to her bedroom. However, Jim is so excited, mentally and physically, that he loses control and is soon overflowing with happiness. Making matters worse, the whole escapade is streaming live to everyone in his high school.
"License To Drive" (1988)
Les Anderson (Corey Haim) has two reasons to be excited. He is about to get his driver’s license and beautiful Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham) has agreed to go out with him. Then disaster strikes. Anderson fails his driver’s test and that means he can’t pick up his date. Anderson decides to take his grandfather’s Cadillac anyway and pick up Mercedes. A series of misadventures in addition to Mercedes drunken escapades turns the date into a disaster – although given different circumstances most of us wouldn't think that a drunken Heather Graham would constitute a bad date.
"Taxi Driver" (1976)
Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) is a New York cab driver who is suffering from mental delusions after a stint in Vietnam. He is convinced every fare he gets is going to try to rob him so he arms himself in an effort to make sure he is not the victim of a crime. At one point he asks Betsy (Cybil Shepherd) for a date and she says yes. The unstable Bickle takes her to an X-rated movie theater – there was no internet porn in the day – and it couldn’t be more disturbing or awkward.
"Pulp Fiction" (1994)
Mia (Uma Thurman) is married to crime boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). When Wallace is occupied by “business,” he asks Vincent Vega (John Travolta) to take Mia out on a date so she won’t be bored. Vincent is smart enough to know he can’t fool around with his boss’s stunningly sexy wife, but when she mistakes some heroin for cocaine that she finds in his jacket pocket, she snorts it and it's all downhill from there. She overdoses and Vincent has to administer a shot of adrenaline directly to her heart to keep her from dying. Other than that, it was a great first date.
"Blind Date" (1987)
Walter Davis (Bruce Willis) is trying to get ahead in his career and is completely consumed by work. His social life is non-existent, but he needs a date to take on a business dinner for an important client. He gets set up on a date with beautiful Nadia Gates (Kim Basinger) and is completely thrilled by her appearance. Despite warnings to keep Nadia away from liquid courage, Walter gives her a drink and after that it's just one disaster after another.