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13 Celebrity Couples Where He’s Reaching and She’s Settling [Dude’s List]

In honor of the 8th season premiere for the sit-com that proved you could still have a successful sit-com on network television, “How I Met Your Mother,” I wanted to do a Dude’s List based on one of the greatest concepts the show has put forth. In every relationship, one person is the reacher, one who is dating above their level of attractiveness, and one person is the settler…which is a bit more self-explanatory.

In light of this milestone achievement to the show’s many other fantastic additions to our cultural landscape (“legendary,” “suit up,” John Lithgow as your father, crazy vs. hot scale, the bro code [available on all major online shopping outlets], Barney Stinson, the Naked Man, and Cobie Smoulders) here’s a Dude’s List of a 13 celebrity couples where he’s reaching and she’s settling…

And there you have it, ladies. 13 men who’ve successfully reached and 11 women who have settled for them for one reason or another. Did I miss any? Who could you think of? Maybe next time we’ll examine this from the other side of the tracks…

Suiting up!

The Dude

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    1. Amanda says:

      I find this article funny because as a woman, I myself and plenty of my girlfriends find some of these guys really attractive, those two being John Krasinski and Jason Segel. They're not your standard, attractive guy, they're more regular Joe with a tad of cute. The thing is, personality DOES play a big factor I think, and either way, I'd definitely jump on either Krasinski and Segel. Orlando Bloom isn't so bad either.

      1. Mariah says:

        Completely agree! Love John Krasinkski as Jim Halpert!

    2. Veronica says:

      Stop the madness! Orlando Bloom is very hot. His wife is a pretty underwear model – but she is in no way out of his league.

    3. Veronica says:

      Justin Theroux is attractive and Jennifer Aniston is not that hot. Her body is great for her age but she's not amazing looking….

      1. Amylee says:

        Yea for you,Veronica. Thank u!
        Have always found Aniston's face to be just an average pretty girl(except her hair and waistline),never understood the fuss over her ,think she just got super-lucky w/ the fame of "Friends" and I'm so happy to finally hear someone else agree.
        This article is very dumb! J Theroux looks really good except in photo above.
        Hope u respond to my response to your comment….lol.

    4. dffff says:

      wow what a gay list

    5. Steven says:

      Well dude just sounds like penis envy to me. You wish you could have a famous actor that young when you are that old Sucks to be you. hahahahahahahaha

    6. You forgot Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich.

    7. R*bear says:

      This just goes to show that women look for what's inside a man (or, in Portia case, woman) more than outside. Sweet, right? Except for Jason Segel. What he looks like on the, ahem, outside may have a bit more to do with it in his case.

    8. Katheline says:

      Kate? Settling? .. Orlando Bloom not hot?!… The writer must be one delusional jealous mother fucker.

    9. Mel says:

      Yeah, not really.
      When Phoebe Cates met Kevin Kline, he was 40ish and one of the top actors in the world, and super cute. She was young and obviously quite mature. It's great that they've stayed together.

      1. Jane says:

        Agree. Kevin Kline is an Oscar and Tony Award winner. How is she settling and he reaching? Being older does not make it him reaching. I think it is the other way round personally.

    10. Not! says:

      There is no effing way John Krasinski and Jason Segel are remotely considered attractive. A big nose and an even bigger head do not equal cute. They are funny, but cute? Not! I mean you can look at them and not get sick, so that's something.

    11. DT says:

      you forgot WOODY ALLEN , MIA HIS X WIFE AND HIS ASAIN DAUGHTER HE MARRIED!

      1. Beavoux says:

        Woody was never married to Mia, Soon Yi was never his daughter. They have been together for 20 years more than twice the time he was with Mia so shut up!

    12. Marcy says:

      Oh, HELL NO. Yvonne Strahovski IS hands-down (not this "arguablely" bullshit) THE most breathtakingly gorgeous woman this earth will ever see. That is all.

    13. Thomas Frieder says:

      Wow, a list that I can say with conviction I don't agree with any choice…not even getting into the "who decides whose a good match" argument…basicly beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and you're beholding a bad eye

      1. Gail Moss says:

        I like your comment. It's mostly here in America that WE need to make others feel not worthy of the person you are involved with. Hey, I stll my have luck hooking up with Michael t Weiss if he ever show his face again.

    14. luke says:

      Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck

    15. Erik says:

      The author clearly does not have A either an ounce of maturity or a brain cell to rub together….the only one he got partially right was Scalett Johansson dating Sean Penn. But Kate Middleton settling for Prince William? Orlando Bloom is not hot? The author is delusional…

    16. @_DMMA says:

      This is appalling. Why should it matter if these people are dating one another, if they care about that person then nothing else should matter. And Sean Penn is freaking sexy. Don't mess with Sean Penn.

    17. JaJ says:

      wadafuq! kate middleton – settling? does nobody not know how this old hag fought tooth and nail just to be crowned 'princess'?? if she was a settler, she wouldn't be fighting for his attention – when he could get a million of ladies with just a click of his fingers.
      and segel is so much more better looking than michelle williams.

    18. Chasity says:

      Wooow so much hate in 13 pictures! Who wrote that? Looks don`t matter in any relationship!

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    20. xxiquestions says:

      I thought Jay-Z and Beyonce would've made this list for sure.

    21. Big daddy says:

      Sacha baron Cohen and isla fisher should be here.
      Lots going the other way too though…Hugh Hackman and pierce brosnan for instance married down.

    22. dgfghgggggggg says:

      What a stupid list. You seem to be naming random couples and saying that they should not be together. Yet most of those couples are made up of 2 very successful in their fields. So I am not sure how that qualifies as he is reaching and she is settling. Prince William & Kate Middleton, how is she reaching! He is the future king of Great Britain. She is attractive but she is no extraordinary.Maybe with Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson it is a bit creepy. Yeah Kevin Kline is a lot older then Phoebe Cates, but they have been together for ever. I do not understand how Jennifer Connelly is settling for a pretty successful movie star who probably makes a decent living. This is a horrible list.

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