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5 Character-Overreacting Movies That Make Guys Cry

Firefilm | 10 Jun 2015 16:30
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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:

"Character Overreacting"

We can all empathize with someone who's having a bad day. Perhaps a monumental disaster plagued someone, or perhaps it was a series of small yet compiling issues. Whatever the cause, this can create a ticking time bomb of a human being, ready to snap at the very next thing that doesn't go their way. Below are a selection of films that showcase that "very next thing" and without fail, the issues are trivial. Insignificant. Issues that (had the character not just had the worst day ever) would have slid right off their plate into obscurity. Alternatively this list could have been labeled Characters that suffered a severe case of 'straw that broke the camel's back.'

And since it's so easy to emphasize with someone snapping at something insignificant due to being fed up with all the more significant issues prior, we as the audience can share in the emotional outbursts that follow. Perhaps even shed a tear or two.

1. The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters

This is a documentary about the small community of video game enthusiasts and their quest to have the high score at Donkey Kong. Don't judge them until you see the film, it's really quite engaging. In the film (as well as real life) Billy Mitchell was the reigning world champion in Donkey Kong, Jr. and all things related to douchbaggery. It's not enough for Billy to be good at the game, he has to have the title and prevent anyone else from even competing. When the film's underdog Steve Wiebe attempts to grab the thrown, Billy poops all over him (metaphorically).

Mike submitted a video recording of him playing Donkey Kong in his garage and getting his high score. Billy the jerk says tapes don't count and you have to play at this one arcade while observed live. So Mike travels all the way to this arcade, and Billy the Butt doesn't even show. Mike plays live and beats Billy's high score ... until Billy the asshole mails in a VHS of HIM getting an even higher score. You or I might think having someone beat you at a videogame is not reason for a grown man to cry, but damn it if we don't all tear up with Mike as he has his short-lived title taken away by a hypocritical jerk. Luckily Mike eventually beat Billy, but only after the documentary was completed.

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