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5 Child Actor Movies That Make Guys Cry

Firefilm | 22 Oct 2014 09:00
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2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Gene Wilder, not Johnny Depp, in case you were wondering which version this title refers to. The original movie is the adaptation of a story about how terrible most children are, it did a far better job of conveying a message AND entertaining than the new one. The children actors did a far better job of conveying real personalities instead of the one-note creatures from Tim Burton's version. Giving some slack for the need to sing, the kids in these movies were flawed kids...but still kids. And Charlie excellently fit the role of a human child who wanted more for his family, as opposed to the new one who's so mature beyond his years it's almost creepy.

Emotional part? When Charlie finds the ticket. The movie expertly fakes out the viewer several times, raising our hopes and dashing them. Yet the optimism that Charlie shows each time exemplifies childhood wonder, and so when he finally does see the gold paper, we cheer for him. If tears arrive, they're tears of joy.

3. The Sixth Sense
Remember when we thought Haley Joel Osment was a good actor? Remember when we thought M. Night Shyamalan was a good director? It was because of this movie. Setting aside the twist that would forever define M. Night's career, this was and is an intense horror film. Even though Bruce Willis is in it, Haley is the protagonist. And boy did he sell it that he's scared out of his Buzz Lightyear underwear.

There's really no one scene that made me cry: it's the boy's situation on the whole. This child, as we all know by now, can see dead people. For some reason, the dead can only communicate through jump scares. His mom doesn't believe him and all his classmates ridicule him so what can Haley do? Nothing. That's what really depresses me the most. Even at the end of the film when he resolves to help the dead as opposed to developing a fear-ulcer, he still has to deal with that sh*t for life. And from the premature greying in his hair, his life won't be that long.

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