Movie: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Writer: Ernest Lehman
Let's say that you’re engaged, and you’re having second thoughts about tying the knot. Our advice: Under no circumstances should you watch Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the old-school drama classic about one of the most dysfunctional and unhealthy marriages known to man. It’s enough to turn cold feet into icicles with toes.
Throughout the film, explosive history teacher George (Richard Burton) and hard-drinking Martha (Elizabeth Taylor) habitually make each others’ lives unbearably volatile, and what’s even more distressing is how they keep talking about a son, who’s never seen—imagine how much it’d suck for that kid to have such miserable parents. Well, fortunately for him, he was never actually born—he’s just a mutually accepted fabrication meant to keep their marriage together. Your imaginary boy is better off.