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5 Psych Ward Movies to Make Guys Cry

Firefilm | 17 Dec 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:

"Psych Ward Movies"

In the history of cinema, psych wards have been treated very differently based on the respective era. Sometimes they are to be feared, full of psychotic criminals too crazy to be in jail. Other times they are unregulated "Abuse-R-Us" factories, running experiments on who could be the worse human being to a captive audience. More recently they are somewhat subdued, places of healing where people with fantastical stories are kept until the protagonist can convince everyone that they are, in fact, the Easter Bunny (I would think the ears would give it away). A location and a character in its own right, whether used for healing or for horror, the psych ward has been visited by many a film. Here's a list of five of the best, and why we can't stop crying when we watch them.

1. K-PAX
This is my favorite example of a movie where the ending is ambiguous and left up to the audience to decide what was true or not, with Inception being the other. K-PAX is either the story of an alien visiting Earth for the lolz, possessing the body of Kevin Spacey, and then taking a mental patient back with him for future adventures OR it's a story about Kevin Spacey having a psychotic break, getting lucky on a few character and astronomy observations, and then ending up in a catatonic state. Take your pick. As his story of being an alien in a possessed body is not taken at face value, Spacey spends his time in a psych ward. Everyone is kind, if not disbelieving of him, but there are enough facts to go either way. I prefer to think he was telling the truth.

The part that burns my eyes is when the doctors try regression therapy on Spacey. Now whether they were unlocking repressed memories of a human sans alien or memories of a human currently hosting an alien, the fact remains that the memories they unearthed were traumatic. Seeing Kevin act through them was tear-jerking indeed.

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