chemistry
(or screen chemistry)
  referring to performances between actors who are uncommonly suited and perfectly complementary to each other; performances that lack screen chemistry can sometimes be disastrous for a film; see also buddy film
  Examples: Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon (1987), Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in Spider-Man (2002), Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic (1997), Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black (1997), Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not (1944), Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938); examples of poor screen chemistry: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in Gigli (2003), Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), and Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Glossary of cinematic terms . 2015.

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