The loss of a loved one is hard, but when it is a mom, even guys have a tendency to lose that tough exterior.
The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies often times have the potential to make guys cry, for example:
To clarify, starting the movie with the news that mommy dearest has already given up the ghost off-screen doesn't count. I'm talking the hard stuff, main character watching his or her mother die in front of them. If "The Walking Dead" was a movie, you better believe it would be on this list. Carl being a stone cold badass aside, there are powerful selections of films where one of the main plot points is that mom bites the dust. Though it's generally treated as an insult, all men to some degree are a "mama's boy." While there's a level of competition between father and son, mother and son are nothing but a give-and-receive of nurturing protection. You better believe that guys in the audience raised their cackles when these on-screen mamas died.
I feel this is the strongest pick of this list, and by strongest I mean "has scarred the most childhoods." This is an animated film about dinosaurs making a great journey to reconnect with their herd, as you do. But unlike other similarly plotted films, this one starts out on the saddest note possible.
Little Foot, the protagonist Apatosaurus (think Brachiosaur) is talking with his wise-beyond-her-years mom. "I'll be with you...even when you can't see me," says his mom, showing odd precognition of her impending doom. "What do you mean if I can't see you? I can always see you," says Little Foot, making everyone who's seen the film break down like a baby. It's clear this child, much like the movie's target audience, has no concept of death. This is unfortunate, because the film gives him on-the-job training on that concept immediately. This mom's passing haunts Little Foot the entire film, and haunts us all for decades to come.
Much like the rash of sequels.