I don’t cry in movies. Why you ask? …because they’re fake and not real. Yet sometimes our personal emotions get caught up in the movie experience that leads us to weep like babies. Like I said before, not me. I’m not going to lie, they’re have been a few movies along the way that tricked my mind into thinking I needed an emotional release. Luckily I was able to grit my teeth and keep it together and refuse to let some work of fiction get to me. But the fact these movie moments made it a close call for me deserves this article’s attention.
Here are ‘THE 4’ movies that tested my manhood and almost made the guy cry who makes fun of his wife for crying at The Home Depot commercial.
My Girl (1991)
Of all the movies Macaulay Culkin starred in, My Girl was my favorite. His portrayal of Thomas J. was so sweet and real. That’s why his untimely death due to bee stings, makes My Girl one of the toughest movies to watch. The funeral scene with Vada (Ann Chlumsky) breaking down was bad enough, but the line that always gets me is, “Mrs. Sennett, don’t worry. Thomas J will be all right. My mother will take care of him.” That scene with Thomas J.’s mother and Vada always tests my no crying in movies rule.
I’m a huge Pixar snob and my favorite movie from the film company is Up. Up is an adult drama posing as a kid’s movie. Infertility, death and loneliness are examined within the first 15 minutes of the film. I’ve had many people tell me that they were in tears and turned off the movie before the kids started in with their grown up questions. The beginning of Up is a bummer, but this will be the only film on the list that almost brought happy tears to my eyes. Although Mr. Fredricksen doesn’t realize he completed his goal of moving the house, the audience gets to see that he did. The sight of his little house sitting on the waterfall made me say “AWW,” as if l saw a beagle puppy. If you haven’t seen this Oscar nominee for Best Picture, make sure you do.
My Dog Skip (2000)
Some people may question why Old Yeller or Marley and Me aren’t in this spot. Both of those movies were complete downers, but everyone knows what happens to both dogs in those films. So the element of catching my emotional side off guard was hindered to a point. Not with My Dog Skip though. My Dog Skip is actually a very heartwarming coming of age tale where you never actually see the pooch bite it on-screen. Just because there’s not a doggy death scene, doesn’t mean that Harry Connick Jr.’s soothing narration didn’t make my heart ache. Many of us leave home for college and get the call that the family pet has passed away and it’s crushing. So when Skip’s simple passing at home is told, I had to think about something else for a few minutes.
Forrest Gump (1994)
The question isn’t did Forrest Gump make you cry? The question is what part of Forrest Gump made you come to tears? I definitely didn’t feel bad for the demise of Jenny in Forrest Gump. Jenny used and abused Forrest and was a tramp. No tears were fought back for her in my eyes. My manhood was tested twice in Forrest though. The first is when Momma Gump passes away because I absolutely love Sally Field and I’m a self-professed Momma’s boy myself. The second would be when Forrest tells little Forrest he loves him right before he gets on the bus. I didn’t have kids back in 1994 and this scene still made me bite my lip so you can imagine how I react to this part now that I have kids of my own. To think that this movie gets hated on now in retrospect is freaking ridiculous.
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