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:
Movies That Focus on Family
Recently I found out that my sister and her boyfriend, who live locally and have a great relationship with myself and our parents, decided to forego Thanksgiving dinner together and instead go on a personal vacation out of town. She doesn't read this so I have no problem calling her out here. If this were a movie and she were the protagonist, she would be painted as the selfish jerk who through the course of the film would learn the value of spending major holidays with your family.
Movies are a great way of broaching those topics, as you can see representations of your family members being horrible to each other without the real-life ramifications of said bickering. In the end, everyone makes up and the value of family is renewed. While my good-for-nothing sister enjoys her vacation (I love you sis, just kidding), here's five examples of films that perhaps could steer her in a better direction:
1. Christmas Vacation
One of, if not THE quintessential family gathering for the holidays movies, Christmas Vacation throws such a wide net in terms of family stereotypes you can't help but identify with at least one of the characters. Clark Griswald, the hapless dreamer who just wants to recreate the potentially fictional perfect gathering he remembers through rose-colored glasses of nostalgia. The children, who try to balance their genetic and genuine love of their elders with their awareness of how stupid everyone is. The elderly family that can't help but throw in criticism with every complement. If you're in a bad mood, you'll point at a scene and say "See, that's what I hate!" If you're in a good mood, the movie will make your day even brighter. It's a classic for a reason, folks.
The bitter-sweet part is that a scroogy boss played by one of the Murray brothers, does away with holiday bonuses but then reinstates them when he gets a stern talking to by Clark and his own wife. In real life, that boss would fire and press charges against Clark, divorce his wife, and cancel all holiday parties for his office as well. The 1% movement has made this happy ending just a little too fictional to be satisfying anymore.