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7 Villainous Movie Pairings It's Impossible Not to Adore

By Cindy Davis | Lists | August 18, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | August 18, 2015 |

My family and I are just returned from a lovely Venice vacation (thanks credit card points for the ENTIRELY FREE FLIGHTS, and if you’re not already funneling everything through one card to rack up points, start right now!), and while walking around Italy I had a flash about one of my favorite movies, and one of my favorite performances ever — Kevin Kline as shithead supreme, and undeniably stupid Otto. Paired up with Jamie Lee Curtis’ clever manipulatress,* Wanda, the two would-be con artists set about an elaborate double-cross after they’ve helped pull off a diamond robbery, and in between machinations, the duo share one of the most ridiculously fun sexy-times scenes ever made.

Wanda and Otto — the ostensible movie villains (poor Ken! poor fishies!) — kick off this six-pack of duos it’s simply impossible not to love. Some are dupers or thieves, a few are cold-blooded killers, or would-be child torturers, but despite seeing their bad sides, we adore them so.

Wanda Gershwitz and Otto, A Fish Called Wanda


Like I said, solid gold. Take one moron and torturous asshole, add a brainy charmer with her own selfish plan — together they’re completely irresistible.

Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega, Pulp Fiction


Jackson and Travolta as thugs spewing Tarantino dialogue while they matter-of-factly carry out their jobs? Yes please, and we want some more.

Lawrence Jamieson and Freddy Benson, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Michael Caine and Steve Martin competing to scam an heiress, in order to win the right to keep on scamming in the French Riviera — it doesn’t get much better than Lawrence and Freddy one-upping each other again and again.

Harry and Marv, Home Alone


Yeah, they’re idiots easily outwitted by a kid, but Pesci and Stern played jerky/dumb so well together we actually felt sorry for them.

Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker, The Sting and
Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid



Newman and Redford, period.

Rocket and Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy


Even though Groot comes off like a good guy tree, we can’t overlook that he’s Rocket’s accomplice, and he’s pretty damned violent when he needs to be. These two get extra points for being part human (voice/motion) and part animation and winning over our dark hearts.

*entirely made-up word

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