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have chemistry


have chemistry rate
(Adult / Slang)
Of two people, to feel mutual attraction.


(1) Lena Yakushova 'Ninotchka' (Greta Garbo), a Soviet envoy to Paris, to Count Leon Bressart (Melvyn Douglas) in Ninotchka (1939): ' Love is a romantic designation for a most ordinary, biological, or shall we say chemical, process. A lot of nonsense is talked and written about it.'

(2) Val (Wendy Barrie) and Simon Templar (George Sanders) in The Saint Strikes Back (1939)
-- Val: ' I dislike you intensely.'
-- Saint: ' Oh, no, you don't. You're really very fond of me.'
-- Val: ' Why should I be fond you you? '
-- Saint: ' Tell me and you'll answer the riddle of the world. My dear Val, that's what has made history, literature, and even chemistry. A man and a woman.'

(3) Isabel Lorrison (Ava Gardner) to Brandon Bourne (James Mason) in East Side, West Side (1949): ' Maybe it wasn't love, maybe it was only chemistry, or the right combination, or a miracle, but most people drag through their whole lives without finding it.'

(4) Jan Morrow (Doris Day) and Jonathan Forbes (Tony Randall) in Pillow Talk (1959):
-- Jan: ' Jonathan, I just don't happen to love you.'
-- Jonathan: ' How do you know? Love isn't an opinion, it's a chemical reaction.'

(5) Mark (Dabney Coleman) and Darcy (Patti D'Arbanville) in Modern Problems (1981):
-- Mark: ' I seem to know instinctively when two people have the right chemistry and as far as I'm concerned, you and I, we're magic.'
-- Darcy: ' Well, then, I'll just disappear.'

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