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:
As America gets ready to celebrate President's day this Monday, my thoughts float towards our history of great films portraying the President. There's the reality and gravity of what the POTUS is, but when cast in a film Hollywood tends to inject a little humor, some testosterone, and swagger that makes for a more exiting and engaging movie. What films come out the other end of this meat grinder are not documentaries of actual past leaders (though those have value as well) but fictional aspirations of what they could be if they truly represented the American ideal. Presidents with testosterone to spare, swagger and wit, and able to throw a punch when need be. To watch these films is to view what the American people wish they could get from a leader, and sometimes that means shedding a tear or two.
1. The American President
The role of President has to represent the values of the American people, and since family values are so important, it's expected the President have a family. This movie explores what would happen if a President became a widower during his presidency, and how he would go about dating. Michael (old Ant-Man) Douglass wants to pass a crime bill, but Annette (who cares) Benning wants to pass an environmental bill. They fall in love, which immediately threatens his reelection and both pieces of legislation? t's political intrigue mixed with romance, and when he has to choose his bill over hers and she gets fired for failing as a lobbyist, oh it stings.
What makes him The American President is he's a Democrat who can't get anything passed because Republicans don't want to work with him. Regardless of the applause he gets during his speech, that's still the case both in the film and reality. It's incredibly frustrating to see him destroy his relationship just to get one ineffectual bill passed, and then change his mind because of love. Honestly I don't want my president making political moves for the nation based on what his girlfriend wants. Boooooo.