When it comes to movies focused on the relationship between fathers and sons, you know there are going to be some tears.
The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies make guys cry, for example:
We couldn't very well call this a column about manly films that make guys cry without mentioning the genre of father/son films. Sure, some films like Big Fish are chemically designed to make guys cry, sing "Cats in the Cradle" and call their dads or sons. It's the other films, the ones you don't expect to be sad, that blindside you. Disney films traditionally are about daughters and fathers (read: Little Mermaid) and many family films are about fathers and all their kids (read: Hook). It takes a truly special film to focus on the father/son dynamic, and what it means for men to live up to their father's footsteps.
And, no, Star Wars doesn't count. Just because one is the other's daddy doesn't mean the plot is affected at all by it.
Some may call this the ultimate father/son movie, but where does it make guys cry? Let's dissect.
With two films under his belt, Indy was known to guys as the man's man. But Sean Connery was known to the world as the ultimate man's man, so who budges? It was perfect casting to have one come from the other, but then the reality set in that these two didn't have an easy time living with each other. Both fighting for the upper hand, neither wanting to admit they were wrong: Indy and daddy Bond are all but casual acquaintances for half of the film.
Then, in the "no tickets" blimp scene, Sean Connery says Indy left just when he was getting interesting, painfully suggesting that Sean had no interest in raising a child, only knowing a man. Indy accuses James Bond Jones of not being there for him, never talking. This can be as trivial or as deep as the viewer wants it to be, but ultimately Sean puts Indy on the spot, insisting that if he had something to say that he should say it.
Indy says nothing, not because he had nothing to say, but that it was clear his dad wasn't someone he could confide and communicate with. Anyone who had strained relationship with their father felt mighty uncomfortable with this scene, in what was otherwise a simple action comedy.