We have all cried watching The Notebook, we wept when Bambi's mom died, and we sobbed during Titanic...all eight times. Sure, none of us feel a little bit guilty about shedding a few tears over any of these films. But, let's admit it: We've all teared up at a couple films we'd rather not ever see again, ever.
Emotional manipulation, watching a film at a vulnerable moment, one too many glasses of wine...whatever our reason, these are the movies that unintentionally "got" us...and we sure as heck would like to forget it. Or at least never admit outside of the Internet.
Small factoid: It appears that Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes us a cry. Like, a lot. Whoops.
Gabriel Bell, staff writer
"Okay, see, someone had already spoiled the ending of
50/50 for me, so I basically went into it because there was
nothing else of value on InDemand that night. But even though I
knew the ending and I don't really go in for super-emotional
'cancer movies', Gordon-Levitt, his relationship with his parents, Seth
Rogen, they all got to me. The real killer though, was when
he found the book in the bathroom...if you've seen it, you
know what I'm talking about. Also, now I want to have pizza
with Anna Kendrick."
Photo: Julia Lola Wang, Summit Entertainment
Emily London, London editor
"I will admit to a crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a when I first saw the movie a couple of years ago, I was single and thought nothing of sitting at home on a Friday night, watching a movie staring my favourite Hollywood lead. Just watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel's characters fall in and out of love (or not) with each other brought back memories all of my recent dating disasters. The line that set me off is, "You weren't wrong, Tom. You were just wrong about me." I bawled my eyes out through sheer frustration about the dating process. How you can meet someone, truly like them, and it just not work out. I had to call a friend who was on holiday in Greece at the time to talk about it! To this day, even though I am very happily living with my boyfriend, I still can't bring myself to watch that movie again."
Photo: Bek Anderson, Fox Searchlight
Diana Nguyen, senior editor
"Ugh, fine! I'll admit it: I watched Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D and, on top of that, cried as she sobbed in her makeup chair post-breakup, clutching the necklace Russell Brand gave her, only to shut it off, put on a smile, and perform live just minutes after. It's heartbreaking yet kinda inspirational for a
teenybopper young woman aiming for success."
Photo: Chantal Adair, MTV/Imagine Entertainment
Candace Sautman, freelance production coordinator/PM
"Growing up with a horror-obsessed father (no, seriously — my house is a shrine for every fear flick you can think of), I kind of grew an affinity for gore. However when it comes to zombies, I have what one might call a love-hate relationship. Some of my favorite flicks are ones that include these brain-crazed beasts, even the cheesy ones. But when Dawn of the Dead came out in '04, I couldn't stop myself from letting the tears flow. Sitting in the movie theatre, I imagined all of my closest family and friends being eaten alive or 'turned' by these things that I got really emotional in the movie theaters. I'll never forget that, and I'm sure my best gal pal who went with me hasn't either — she'll never let me live that down!"
Photo: Candace Sautman, The Laurel Group
Amanda Keiser, commerce editor
"One of the many reasons that I'm thankful that I no longer have cable is that I can't get sucked into shows like The Real World...and then bawl my eyes out at the season finale. It didn't matter how disingenuous, drunk, or idiotic the cast members were, I literally could not keep it together for that half-hour when they decide they all love each other again and they have to say good-bye. Why couldn't they just live together forever?!"
Photo: Sarah Balch, MTV Productions
Gina Marinelli, assistant editor
"Being a total sucker when it comes to father-daughter movie moments, as well as weddings, Father of the Bride makes me bawl, without fail. Every. Single. Time. And while Martin Short's Franck is probably one of my favorite comedy characters of all time, the last scene when George Banks watches his daughter leave for her honeymoon with her new husband is really what gets the mascara running."
Photo: Chatal Adair, Touchstone Pictures
Hayden Manders, news intern
"The egg scene in Never Been Kissed gets me every time. I think it's the combination of the awesomely bad metallic poof dress, the Madonna soundtrack, and the building humiliation you know awaits Drew Barrymore the moment she says "I'll be out in a jiffer!" She's just too bubbly and naive to sense that something about the whole popular guy asking her out to prom is a prank. Oh boy, the feels start coming the moment she steps out onto the porch and waves to Billy in the car — you just know what's about to go down. When the eggs start flying and Barrymore falls to the ground dripping in yolks, some force washes over me and I'm a mess for a solid scene or so after. Forget about Carrie, this is real-life high school and that's a whole lot scarier than vats of pigs blood and telekinetic terrors."
Photo: Hayden Manders, Fox Entertainment
Leila Brillson, global news editor
"Whatever, guys. Whatever. I was on a plane, I had been drinking wine, and the reunion of a father and a daughter and the father admitting he was wrong and that he didn't think about how his actions affected his kid got to me. My lip was quivering. Also, apparently you are more likely to cry on a plane because of some pressure-related science. Just sayin'."
Photo: Chantal Adair, 20th Century Fox
Christopher Beer, video editor
"I'm sure your 'nerd alert' is going off full blast right now, but I am not embarrassed to admit I got choked up during this later entry in the Godzilla franchise. As an avid viewer of monster movies and a rabid fan of Godzilla since birth, I thought I knew what I was getting into when I plunked this into the DVD player. Guys in rubber suits duking it out over miniature sets of Tokyo, stilted dialogue about the apocalypse, lots of cheesy pre-CGI effects; grab the Doritos and beer and we have a perfect Sunday. But then the ending happens: The tone of the film becomes somber, the music shifts to a melancholic orchestral piece, and — spoiler alert — Godzilla freaking dies. It's like watching your childhood get squashed mercilessly in front of you. For such a silly B-movie, this ranks near the top of my list of cinematic deaths from which I never recovered (right below Littlefoot's mom)."
Photo: Christopher Beer, Criterion Films
Lexi Nisita, associate community editor
"This movie definitely tugs at the heartstrings in general, but for me, it's the part where her parents turn into pigs that just kills me. I feel like it plays on all my deepest fears about human vice and modern society in one gross, weird scene."
Photo: Chantal Adair, Studio Ghibli
Lisa Dionisio, production editor
"I'm all for a good underdog story, especially when the story is true. The one that gets me is Miracle. Who doesn't love a team of cute hockey players banding together to win Olympic gold? And you can't forget, Al Michaels' famous line..."Do you believe in miracles?" I mean a tagline doesn't get any better than that."
Photo: Amelia Alpaugh, Walt Disney Pictures
Jill Meisner, public relations director
"I was as surprised as you probably are right now that anyone would shed a tear at the end of this movie. No idea where it came from, but It might have had something to do with the community of messengers coming together to defeat the bad guy (Michael Shannon) and help this woman reunite with her son."
Photo: Jill Meisner, Columbia Pictures
Piera Gelardi, executive creative director
"I always cry on the plane. I once cried watching The Wedding Planner. It's embarrassing enough that I have even seen that movie, the fact that I cried during it...the shame!"
Photo: Amelia Alpaugh, Columbia Pictures
Neha Gandhi, deputy editor
"My Best Friend's Wedding was one of my favorite movies in high school. And the end pretty much always makes me cry. Which is ridiculous. Because Dermot Mulroney's character is the worst. He doesn't deserve Julia Roberts OR Cameron Diaz. But regardless, watching Julia Roberts sit there putting a smile on her face at the reception and being the good friend and dancing the night away with her buddy felt really...empty, to me. I've mostly gotten over that, but sometimes, I still shed a tear or two, just for nostalgia's sake."
Photo: Erin Yamagato, TriStar Pictures
Seija Rankin, East Coast editorial assistant
"Ladies and gentleman, I cried during What To Expect When You're Expecting. When the movie started, it was so ridiculously bad that I was laughing along with the crazily predictable plot and Jennifer Lopez's terrible overacting, but cut to the end when she's in Africa with her husband going through the adoption ceremony and I was bawling like a baby. I'm not proud of it, and I'm pretty sure I'm one of the only people in America that actually saw this movie, but it happened nonetheless."
Photo: Samantha Mancuso, Lionsgate