Scenes that make you laugh/cry EVERY TIME

Shakespeare's Sister wants to know, What movie scenes always make you cry?

I am such an easy target when it comes to crying at movies, which is why I try to avoid sad movies at all costs, but here are some of mine.

Pretty in Pink, when Blaine says to Andie, "You said I never believed in you, that's not true, I always believed in you. You just didn't believe in me." *sniff*

The School of Rock, at the end when the kids perform on stage. And the girl who's so self-conscious about her weight sings her solo! And she's so GOOD!

Stealing Home, when Billy (Mark Harmon) has the flashback to something Katie (Jodie Foster) said, finally knows what he must do with her ashes, and then runs out and scatters them.

On Golden Pond, when Ethel (Katharine Hepburn) defends Norman (Henry Fonda) against Chelsea's (Jane Fonda) harsh words. Then again in the "you're my knight in shining armor" scene.

Steel Magnolias, Sally Field at the funeral.

And then Amanda asks which scenes always make us laugh.

The School of Rock, when Jack Black is showing that one kid how to adopt the "power stance" when he's playing the guitar.

Raising Arizona, as Nicolas Cage is being chased through the store but still trying to get those Huggies. The physical comedy is pure genius, and the word "huggies" is hilarious in their accents.

Over at The Valve, there's a recent post about spoilers in which Laura and the commenters are talking about "the long-term durability of a story (ie its ability to withstand and reward repeated engagements.)." So far Coleridge has been quoted, but Kenneth Burke talks about this too in "Psychology and Form" in Counter-Statement when he makes the distinction between the "psychology of form" and the "psychology of information." There's more to say about that, but I'm too tired. I'll just end with this link to "the 5 songs that we've ruined thanks to irony." This guy, by the way, has the best blog title ever.


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One that makes me cry every

One that makes me cry every time is when the Natalia finds her dog killed by up and coming nazi youth in Cabaret.

I started to reply here,

I started to reply here, then realized the list was getting too long, so I ran with it over at my blog.

Odd how the cry-making scenes are easier to remember than the funny scenes. For me, anyway. I wonder why that is?

tears every time

Maybe it's trite, but, well, why not: the Marsellaise scene in Casablanca. Gets me every time.

And while we're at it, Emir Kusturica's Underground starts by breaking your heart with the zoo scene, and then just keeps on breaking your heart at a furious pace all the way through the movie. (The critiques that call Kusturica an apologist are downright stupid, and ignore both the politics of the region and the fraught emotional ambiguity of the movie.)


Makes me tear up just thinking about it.

Ditto re: On Golden Pond.

Also in Terms of Endearment, when Teddy leaves Emma's room after she tells them good-bye, and she tells him that wasn't so bad, right?


I Just Remember That Pearl Bailey Was The Owl

I can just remember crying like a 10-year-old girl at the death scene in "The Fox and the Hound." Wait a minute, I _was_ a 10-year-old girl at the time. Except that I was a boy.

In all seriousness, sometimes a real-life sad situation enhances the sadness of a movie, like when I knew that Richard Farnsworth had offed himself due to the pain from his bone cancer, and how it affected subsequent viewing of "The Straight Story."

Is this heaven?

Field of Dreams always gets to me. This was particularly annoying when I was writing on the film for my dissertation. Royal Tennenbaums often gets me, especially if I'm a little blue.

the chutry experiment

Laugh or cry

I can't think of many movie scenes that make me laugh, except for one in the Princess Diaries when Lily is running down the street, yelling, "Wait! Wait! Hey you! Not you, I don't even know you!"
Oh,and in the same movie, when Julie Andrews says, "Good bye, Trolley People!"

One that always makes me sob is Rain Man, because it makes me think of my brother. A few scenes make me cry here:
-when they're singing in the bathroom
-when Raymond has a fit and starts saying, "Hot water burn baby"
-when Raymond and Charlie are in Las Vegas and they're dancing
-after the meeting when Raymond says, out of the blue, "C-h-a-r-l-i-e."
-and at the very end on the train, when Raymond says, "one for bad, two for good," Charlie says, "bet two for good."

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