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I love to cry. It’s pretty therapeutic, I think. In fact I don’t cry too often in my everyday life but film has a way of accentuating and identifying the sorrow and drama in our lives that we so often over look or are too busy to acknowledge. Here are five films guaranteed to make me cry like a baby.
Let the tears flow, don’t try to stop it. The beginning of Up chronicles the love, marriage, and ultimately death of a spouse, and I don’t think any animated film has ever succeeded in tugging at your heart strings so quickly. The viewer is immediately enveloped in Carl’s sadness as we watch him grow old with his loving wife and just as quickly, she dies. Of course the movie picks up and Carl goes on an adventure of self discovery. But the sorrow! Oh, how I love to cry.
Bicentennial Man (1999)
Ok, go ahead and laugh. I cry when Robin Williams plays a robot, yes. But it’s the ideas and concepts about freedom and the self that robotic Andrew seems so capable of contemplating that we as humans so often take for granted that get my tear ducts sufficiently lubricated.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
There was a legitimate RIVER of tears flowing down my face when my favorite toys came to terms with their own inexplicable and fiery deaths. Of course they were all saved without so much as a drop of melted plastic but HOW could Pixar ever do such a thing to children let alone to me?! I just about died.
Big Fish (2003)
I’ve never been a big fan of my Father. We’re not super close. So naturally the story of reconciliation between father and son gets me every time. Albert Finney embellishes the story of his own life and his son attempts to understand who the man was before it’s too late. And Jessica Lange steals a few great scenes that make my heart skip a beat and my bottom lip tremble.
If you ever felt different around the tender age of 13-15 or have had any sort of childhood tragedy this one should get you crying too. I was captured by Logan Lerman’s performance as young Charlie who is so desperately trying to be normal and fit in and live his life properly. This one is for any well adjusted young adult. Or not so well adjusted.