If you've watched your share of movies you probably already know the scene I'm talking about. What was supposed to be a romantic evening ends up being completely ruined when one of the two key participants fails to show up. Instead of sharing each other's company by candlelight, the person who spent most of the day toiling in the kitchen (and lovingly plating TWO dishes) is left sitting alone at the dinner table wondering where their spouse or significant other could possibly be.
It's not hard to imagine there are plenty of scenarios where a person might plan on making an ornate dinner only to have it spoiled at the last minute, however, in movie land, the circumstances always seem highly suspect. It's not so much the fact that plans go awry, but rather how they're handled that makes me throw my hands up in the air in an exasperated "do people actually do this?" type fashion.
Let's look at a few things that usually happen within this overused movie cliché: