Guy Cry Cinema
These 5 Movies Are Guilty Pleasures That Make Guys Cry

Firefilm | 13 Aug 2015 15:00
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DISCLAIMER: This is not a 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:

"Guilty Pleasure Movies"

I suppose the guilt in question varies in strength depending on what gender you are, and how insecure you are in said role. Traditionally there are some films that guys are embarrassed to enjoy, dismissing them in public yet relishing them in private. The trick is when enough bros admit they like these films, a tipping point is reached. Once it's no longer the minority mindset to pretend not to enjoy these movies, everyone in the room feels comfortable enough to talk about their favorite parts. Why do we need to overcome this hurdle of hiding, this barrier of brotherhood? Once again, the self-inflicted stereotype that guys don't like certain types of films. I say let's get to that tipping point, let's admit to enjoying some excellent films, regardless of the fear of being judged by our peers. Chances are our peers like the same films, but don't want to admit it. I'm admitting it, and hopefully you can too. Maybe even shed a tear or two while you're at it.

1. The Princess Bride
Look at the title and tell me that if you hadn't seen this film and knew nothing about it, you wouldn't assume it was a straight-to-DVD Disney channel tween movie. Hell, even Fred Savage within the film balks at the concept of listening to the book version of the story based on the title. But just as Columbo/Grandpa convinced him to shut up and listen, so should we guys convince our brethren to view this film. Sometimes in my head I mix this film with Robin Hood: Men in Tights for their similarities, which should give you a shorthand of the comedy, action and good ol-fashioned adventure that awaits you.

I've said before that the tear-eliciting moments of this film are of the film's secret star, Andre the Giant. Much like Heath Ledger, Andre had been known for other things, but the majority of the public knows him from this one movie due to a magic combination of timing and talent. Imagine all of the films of today that use Flash Gordon or Bill Murray as cameos, how awesome it would be to have Andre the Giant showing up in them. We miss you, big G.

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