BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
Love triangles are one of those motifs that always seem to work their way into any rom-com worth watching, yet you never really get tired of seeing them (at least I don’t — the thought of two hunky men fighting over me!). While Will Shakespeare may have written about one of the most outrageous isosceles d’amour (a cross-dressing Viola who falls in love with the Duke Orsino who falls in love with Viola, a.k.a. Cesario) in his play Twelfth Night, you can’t blame some of these flicks for trying to top a love triangle with a woman pretending to be a man who is an eunuch.
So, with To the Wonder and The Big Wedding (how can you have a wedding without some sort of menage à trois?) hitting the big screen this month, we’re looking at some of the best movie love triangles.
5. Corpse Bride
Tim Burton can do no wrong. Surprisingly enough, he even manages to make a stop-motion animation love triangle amazing, and that is no easy feat. Johnny Depp plays Victor Van Dort who is betrothed to his beloved Victoria Everglot, but inadvertently marries a corpse named Emily and has to choose between going back to the living world and staying in the land of the dead with the one he’s meant to spend his (after)life with.
4. The Notebook
We all know this story. The chick flick of all chick flicks. This movie will be talked about/cried over for years to come. While there is a love triangle/forbidden love story in this movie, we all know there really shouldn’t be any competition or confusion with who she (read: any of us) should choose. Bottom line: when it’s between Ryan Gosling and anyone else, is there really a contest?
3. This Means War
This movie was surprisingly really hilarious, and not just because of the hunky co-stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy or awesome leading lady Reese Witherspoon (though, let’s be honest, Chelsea Handler made this movie what it was). CIA agents and bromance BFFs Tuck and FDR pull out all the stops to try and woo Lauren, who likes them both (how could you not?), but in the end has to go with her gut.
2. Pretty in Pink
Classic case of the guy who loves the girl who’s in love with one of the too-cool-for-school guys who barely knows she’s there. Sometimes that’s just how it goes. Especially in ’80s teen romcoms including Molly Ringwald and a young Jon Cryer as a character named Duckie. Classic.
In one of the most notorious love triangles of all time (not to mention a real classic of a flick, too), expatriate Rick (Humphrey Bogart) returns from war to find his ex-lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) married to a new man named Victor and he must choose between the honourable act of letting her go or fighting for her love once more. “With the whole world crumbling, we pick this time to fall in love.” Pure cinematic gold.