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Crybaby

October 18, 2007

I am moving into dangerous territory so early in my writing career, but I wanted to be true to myself and to you, my fellow readers. Today I would like to embark on a journey, if you will. A journey that truly tests my masculinity, but I have faith that I will come out on the other side stronger and more appealing to the ladies. I have decided to write about movie scenes that have made me cry. Why now? It’s a good question and one that I have no answer to. So take that home in a doggy bag.

Disclaimer – If there are any spoilers, I apologize, but only half-heartedly.

My list is in no particular order, so don’t hassle me about it. I’m very fragile.

1. Awakenings – I start with the one scene that gets me every time. Leonard Lowe realizes that his condition is getting worse. He is shaking all over and his motor skills are deteriorating at an alarming rate. He meets the girl that he loves, Paula, in the cafeteria of his hospital to tell her that their relationship can’t go any further. He tries to leave, but Paula grabs his arm. They do a little slow dance in the middle of the crowded room and by the time you realize that his shaking has completely stopped, it’s almost impossible to see the screen through the tears. And then, to top it all off, the next scene is DeNiro watching her leave from his window. It’s the subtleties of the scene that are so effective. Cheesy, yes. Heartbreaking? Absolutely.

2. When a Man Loves a Woman – When Andy Garcia tells his step-daughter that he has to move to Denver. The little girl is so cute and so hurt that the waterworks are all but impossible to shut down. Even with the redemptive ending of the movie, the pain of that scene overshadows it. When I first saw this movie I didn’t have any children. Now that I have two, I never want to see it again.

3. The Prince of Tides – This was a hard one for me to swallow. Nolte looks like the bottoms of my old work boots and Streisand looks like the tops, but it hardly matters who the players are. The scene that brings it on is where Nick tells Barbara that he needs to go back to his wife in South Carolina. It’s not the storyline or the dialogue that really gets me. It’s the atmosphere of the scene. You have two drenched, hurting people, in the rain, on a New York City street, trying to hold on to each other for as long as they can.

4. Rent – From about halfway in to the end of the movie I was a wreck. This was one of the few movies that actually made me change my way of thinking about my life and the choices I needed to make. Angel’s death and his/her funeral were horrible and beautiful at the same time, but what I cried weren’t tears of sorrow or pain. We live for today and we love for today or we don’t live at all. Now that, my friends, was a revelation.

I think that is enough for today. I would love to hear what opinions you have about these films and any other that I may have missed. If you want to rip on me, go ahead. You have that right. But just remember, there has got to be something better to do with your lives than talk about things you don’t like. (I might get a little hypocritical later when I write about how much I hate the Boston Celtics. Too bad.)

Until next time…

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