We all have them. Those movies that you are embarrassed to admit that you cried in.
Yesterday, Heather and I finally watched the movie Marley and Me. When that movie came out, everybody told us that we would cry in this movie. Maybe it was because we are loving dog owners. Maybe it was because of Owen Wilson’s acting. Being the stunning detective that I am, my guess was that the dog would die. Heather cried. I didn’t.
Before I started to seriously question my humanity, I began thinking about the movies that I have cried in. That list is small, but there is one movie that sticks out from the rest. One movie that makes me laugh. One movie that I’m embarrassed to say I cried in.
What is that movie?
Yep, first time I watched Con Air, I cried.
No, it had nothing to do with Nicholas Cage’s long, flowing mullet. I shed a tear near the end of the movie when Cameron Poe (the character played by a roided-out Nicholas Cage) meets his daughter for the first time. He walks up to her to embrace her for the first time, but she pulls back from him. Maybe it was the fact that he was wearing a wife beater and jeans; maybe it was because he had been shot and was bleeding; maybe it was the ridiculous accent he spoke in; maybe it was the aforementioned business up front, party in the back mullet. Regardless, she didn’t want anything to do with him. But that was not the cause of my tears.
After the momentary hesitation, she finally embraces her dad for the first time. But that did not cause the tears.
During that first embrace, the camera focuses on the little girl, and she bites her lip trying to contain the rush of emotion. That is what got me. The emotional lip bite was the cause of my tears.
In that moment I asked myself, “Seriously? Am I really crying in Con Air?”
Am I embarrassed to admit that I cried in the movie Con Air? Yeah, a little.
But it is very funny and it probably caused you to laugh today, so it was well worth it.
What about you? What is your Con Air? What movie are embarrassed to say you cried in?