Tough Guy Bruce Willis has been in a few tear-jerkers. Here are five movies that make guys get all weepy.
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 often times have the potential to make guys cry, for example:
"Bruce Willis Movies"
He's the man. The manly man. The man in tights. Wait, no tights, he's too manly for that. Bruce "Yippi-ki-yay" Willis is so manly, his hair fell out and no one made fun of him. He's so manly that he made Ashton Kutcher cry when the little punk cheated on Demi Moore. He's so manly that he's the only one of the "old guard" from The Expendables franchise that's still non-painfully making current action movies (Sorry Stallone, you look like a monster). But as manly as Bruce Willis is, he still has a soft side that his movies frequently express. Whether it's Bruce himself conveying the emotion or someone else in the movie Bruce is headlining, Mr. Willis can be counted on to make guys lie and claim something's gotten in their eyes.
This is a fantastic movie, yet I can't bring myself to re-watch it. There are just that many sad and disturbing parts. The past/future torture scene is disturbing, sure. The Bruce killing a child that turns out to be an innocent bystander scene is horrible, yes. The Bruce is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing a Bruce impression is weird, absolutely. But one of the most emotional parts for me is a subtle, almost overlooked aspect of his character.
Bruce is a young mobster, but in his later life he falls in love. Bruce's entire motivation for traveling to the past is to stop the future where his love dies. As fast and loose as this film plays with the rules of changing the past, the one consistency is that changes to the past ripple through within a matter of seconds. So every time Bruce makes a change (or thinks he did), he stares at a picture of his love and frantically tries to hold on to her memory. Reminiscent of an Alzheimer's patient feeling their mind slipping away, the fear in Bruce's eyes as he worries he's forgetting the one good thing in his live is extremely moving.