Their body language and dialogue is strained making the romantic scenes terribly cringeworthy. It’s actually rather hard to spot what drew Padme to Anakin in the first place.
While this was very much part of the script, this kiss was still surprising to watch.
Mark and Juliet
Mark arrives at the house of his best friend and confesses his feelings through cue cards he wrote out for her. Juliet takes in the scene with a smile, Mark walks off, but Juliet finds him and, to his delighted surprise, goes in for a kiss.
While the entire sequence seems designed to be something sweet and innocent, this unexpected kiss more likely left the audience with a feeling of betrayal.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
A central love story to the Star Wars Plot, Anakin and Padme's relationship is important, especially for the prequels. In the attack of the Clones, these two characters abandon their responsibilities in order to be with each other. When you're watching them, however, you can't quite believe what's happening.
The romantic feelings between Anakin and Padme are incredibly hard to watch, making it feel like these actors are actually doing the impossible by being just near one another. Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman simply have zero chemistry on screen.
In need of more unwanted romances? Try Jenny and Nick in The Mummy starring Tom Cruise (Nick) and Annabelle Wallis (Jenny). These two shared zero on-screen chemistry. Their intimate scenes pretty much ruin the film. The whole thing feels forced, making it incredibly cringeworthy.
Unfortunately Hollywood had to go for their typical manufactured romances. They should have dropped the whole thing.
Jenny and Nick
Fans also felt that their large age gap contributed to their unsuccessful partnering. Wallis seemed uncomfortable with the whole thing.
They should have just kept it at the witty banter.