DISCLAIMER: This is not an series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established yet flawed notion that being "Manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:
Previously these articles involve movies that are at face value for what you get. An action movie is an action movie, a sci-fi thriller is just that. Sometimes Hollywood tries to be sneaky, and hide one film inside another, and many times that "Hidden" movie is a romance story. Guys more embarrassed about being seen as emotional might not admit that they like to watch Love, Actually, or other films that are directly marketed as date movies, or films with a female demographic. Hollywood sometimes pulls a fast one on these fellas, hiding romantic comedies in these otherwise innocent films.
The one sentence description of this film would be "Guy has to relive the same day over and over again until everyone in the audience has died from laughter, then he gets the girl." While that's true (everyone who's ever watched this movie is actually dead, having suffocated from pure ecstasy of laughter years ago), you don't really notice that you're watching a romance blossom. Just because Bill "Funniest Man Alive" Murray gets the girl doesn't automatically make it a romance, it just means he got the girl. No, in this movie upon deeper inspection, a large portion is dedicated to just a guy and a girl getting to know one another and developing a deep relationship. The audience see Bill's other antics and get so distracted we don't notice he's learning to improve his imperfections, learning how to listen to women's wants and feelings, and becoming a better man for the woman he realizes he loves. That's the true one-sentence description of this film, hidden behind time loops and comedy.
I apologize for ruining your day, reminding you of the most depressing part of this film. No, it's not that Bill Murray's brother the Mayor is in this film and has to eternally live in his brother's shadow. It's when Bill tries to save the life of an elderly hobo, only to find after many attempts that there's nothing he could do. Life has ignored this homeless man too long, and no amount of comfort Bill gives on his one day can alter the course. It's sobering and makes me think twice every time I pass someone asking for change.