The holidays are a dreamy time. After all, Valentine’s Day is nearing while we’re still under the impression of flickering Christmas lights. It’s the right time for romance, in the most innocent sense of the word.
Who knows innocence better than children? Young love has always been a source of inspiration for movie makers. Adults in real life could also learn a thing or two from it. Today, we bring you seven cutest kid couples that came to us from the TV screen.
Let’s rediscover romance with them.
Best Kid Couples
Young love, even when it doesn’t last, has a massive impact on every new love we encounter. We handpicked seven of the best movie love stories among children to inspire us and help us learn something about relationships.
Holly Hills and Greg Heffley from “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”
Greg Heffley is an arrogant child who doesn’t enjoy middle school. He doesn’t particularly like his family, either. All he wants to do is play video games.
Holly is the most popular girl in Greg’s grade, a classic next-door miss with a broad spectrum of interests. Although a ‘wimpy kid’, Greg gathers the courage to ask for her phone number.
The movie tells the story of Greg’s summer, which isn’t going as expected. Still, he finishes his summertime vacation happy, swimming with Holly and his best friend.
In the end, he claims it was ‘the best summer ever’. It’s a heartwarming, wholesome story of friendship and first love – even between a geeky boy and a popular girl.
- Both roles have well-developed personalities
- The love story is honest and adorable
- The movie shows a love interest between a popular and not-so-popular kid
- Flashing out of Holly’s character brings some objectification
- Greg’s arrogant attitude doesn’t go away
Vada Sultenfuss and Thomas J. Sennett in “My Girl”
When Vada, a girl entering adolescence, finds her life-changing in strange ways, her unlikely friend is there to hold her hand. Vada is intelligent and bubbly, living with her father, and Thomas is her best friend.
The story is a bit gloomy, with Vada’s father running a funeral parlor, her grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s, and her best friend is allergic to everything.
Other children in school tease Vada for a variety of reasons, from her hypochondria to her best friend being an unpopular boy. Vada doesn’t give in to peer pressure, though, but goes on to spend the summer with Thomas, moving through adventures and even a first kiss.
Unfortunately, the story sees a tragic ending for the relationship, with Thomas dying from an allergic reaction.
- Strong, independent characters
- A heartwarming adventure and honest relationship
- Vada doesn’t give in to teasing but pursues her wishes
- Not only a tale of love but also growing up
- A tragic ending finishes the love story way too soon
- The peer pressure from other children is uncomfortable
Darla and Alfalfa from “Little Rascals”
Darla is Alfalfa’s love interest. The problem is, Alfalfa is part of the ‘He-Man-Women-Haters Club’ with all other boys from his school. They would try to sabotage the relationship when they catch him with a girl.
Although the relationship will threaten the existence of the ‘boys only’ club, Darla is too dear to Alfalfa to give her up. However, at a point, she’s led to believe that her boyfriend is ashamed of her.
In the end, though, their love overcomes difficulties. There’s an acceptance of Darla in the club – not as an official member, of course. Still, enough for the relationship to be possible.
- A story of love stronger than peer pressure
- Touches upon essential topics of the influence of friends on relationships
- Proves it possible to reconcile opposing priorities
- The ‘boys only’ club sends a bit of a misogynistic message
Lauren King and Daniel Michon from “A Little Romance”
This romantic tale from 1979 captures the story of an American teenager living in Paris and meeting a local boy, who she ends up falling in love with on the streets of this iconic city.
What’s particularly enchanting about the story is the difference in the way of life between the two main characters. Lauren is the daughter of a wealthy, self-absorbed actress, while Daniel lives with a crooked cabbie of a father.
It’s love at first conversation – they learn that they’re both intellectual and outsiders. The title of the movie is a perfect description of their relationship.
The teens meet, become friends, and eventually, a couple. Then, to keep love forever, they visit Venice with a friend, although Lauren’s mother forbade it. According to a legend, each couple who kisses under the Bridge of Sighs in Venice stays together forever.
- An incredible story of discovering romantic love for the first time
- Lauren and Daniel are ready to do anything for each other
- They show understanding for each other that neither of them experienced earlier in life
- The love at first sight seems a bit forced, although later we see why it’s there
Sam and Joanna Anderson from “Love Actually”
This famous Christmas movie follows the lives of eight couples only to tie the stories together in the end. The couple that we feel doesn’t get enough attention is the youngest one, Sam and Joanna.
Young love budding between two children is heartwarming and relatable. This plotline is key to the story – the heart of the movie, if you will.
Sam falls in love with Joanna, who he’s never seen before – we admit, this isn’t so easy to believe, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.
We also get to see the development of a father-son relationship, but the moment where Sam declares his love for Joanna trumps it all.
- The pairing makes us believe in true love not influenced by outside factors
- Sam, although young, shows maturity and vulnerability
- This line of the movie has the most wholesome story which makes everyone believe in love
- Suspension of disbelief isn’t natural in this story – it’s idealized, not wholly realistic
Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke from “Bridge to Terabithia”
Two 12-year olds meet each other at a running competition only to discover they’re actually next-door neighbors. They bond through shared struggles and decide to create a world for themselves where no such conflicts would occur.
They name the world Terabithia, and it’s a magical place they get to explore together. Later, they spend all their free time there, learning about it and one another.
The story is fantastic and filled with adventure, while in real life, they have mature moments together. They fight and reconcile by giving each other presents that show their true desires. The story, unfortunately, has a tragic ending.
- This movie teaches us the importance of teamwork
- Creating a struggle-free world is a metaphor for relationships in general
- Facing shared hurdles strengthens the relationship
- The realistic fights come with a mature understanding of what they did wrong
- The sad ending doesn’t allow the love story to develop into their adulthood
Anne and Jørgen from “Totally True Love”
This Norwegian movie was one of the most eagerly awaited titles, and for a good reason. This story about first love, which turns out to be true, is original and heart-melting.
Our main character, Anne, believes that ‘love is not so important’ at her young age of ten. However, that’s when Jørgen shows up to change her point of view. The girl is ready for anything to win him over, even to visit a scary Bandit House as his partner.
The plot is dramatic, mixing realism and dreaminess in a gripping tale. Anne goes through character development that allows her to be mature about her feelings – something most older people need to learn.
- The story of Anne and Jørgen shows us that true love knows no age
- It’s an inspiring tale of everything you can do in the name of love
- Anne shows us that it’s okay to be different
- There’s a maturity about the child characters
- Anne shows vulnerability about her appearance which may send a wrong message to young girls watching
- There’s animosity between friends in fighting for Jørgen
Adults have many tools in their belt for screwing up relationships. Kids don’t. So, even if you’re too mature to watch these movies for their content, they can be excellent food for thought when it comes to your relationships. We hope our collection inspired you and warmed your heart a little bit. If you don’t have a partner, take these lessons for your next relationship. If you do, go ahead now and use the motivation to have a wholesome moment with a person you love.