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5 Lessons Learned From Infidelity Flicks

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Jaycee McMullen

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March 15, 2016

Infidelity is a sensitive subject, but it also has the ability to drive the plot of some of our favourite films. These movies have made us laugh and cry, all while teaching us valuable life lessons about love and relationships. Here are five things that we have learned from some great movies about unfaithfulness.

The Women (2008)

Going through a betrayal or the breakdown in a relationship hurts but can also empower. As Candice Bergen's character Catherine put it:

"It feels like someone kicked you in the stomach, feels like your heart stopped beating, feels like that dream, you know the one, when you are falling and you want so desperately to wake up before you hit the ground but it's all out of your control, you can't trust anything anymore, no-one is who they say they are, your life is changed forever, and the only thing to come out of the whole ugly experience is no-one will be able to break your heart like that again."

The Dilemma (2011)

Keeping secrets is hard, and The Dilemma is a prime example of that. This flick, staring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, reminds us to always have our friends' backs instead of meddling into their relationships. Honesty is the best policy! 

“The conscience speaks, not in audible words, but through that small voice from within.”

The Descendants (2011)

The films captivating performances gave us plenth to think about and reflect on. One of its main messages seems to be that infidelity may not always be a sign of a dead relationship, but an inattentive one. 

“My friends on the mainland think just because I live in Hawaii, I live in paradise, like a permanent vacation. We're all just out here sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, and catching waves. Are they insane?”

Along Came Polly (2004)

Sometimes our first love isn’t always our only love. Polly teaches us that just because somebody you care about broke your heart, doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone out there who can help make it whole again. 

“It's not about what happened in the past, or what you think might happen in the future. It's about the ride... There is no point in going through all this crap, if you’re not going to enjoy the ride. And you know what... when you least expect something great might come along. Something better than you even planned for.”

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

This film encourages us to never give up on the search for true love. Love is forever complicated, complex and confusing. 

“I will never stop trying. Because when you find the one... you never give up.”


The Women
meg ryan
Annette Bening
Eva Mendes
Jada Pinkett-Smith
Debra Messing