February 27, 2014 15 Comments
There has been a lot of crying in our house lately.
Don’t worry – no one died or anything. It’s just our daughter’s way of communicating (she’s a month old).
But even before she came to live with us, it wasn’t uncommon for there to be a lot of crying in our house. Not from my wife as you’d expect. And not from our dogs – unless they have to potty.
But from me.
When Sarabeth and I are sitting on the couch watching a movie, she’ll know I’m crying because she can feel the couch do sort of this, shake ……. shake ……….. sh-sh-shake thing.
That’s because I’m whimpering, trying to keep it in.
She’ll look over at me and see my face all scrunched up like a funny-looking grandpa on the front of those good-spirited birthday cards.
But sometimes there’s just no stopping it. Even if I’ve seen the movie a dozen times.
Maybe you’re like me and you need an occasional cry.
If so, this list of my top 10 tear-jerkers is dedicated to you.
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TOP 10 TEAR-JERKERS
When Sarabeth and I went to see this in theaters a month ago, she asked if I was catching a cold when we were walking out to the car. I was not. I’d been sniffling from the opening of the movie because it was so refreshing to see Disney reliving its hay-day.
First ten minutes. Need I say more? Actually, yes. That scene toward the end when he’s going through their adventure book … that doesn’t receive as much attention, but man, that just starts me bawling all over again – just as soon as I recovered from the opening!
8. The Rookie
Call it sappy, call it great acting, call it what you’d like. But when the manager calls Dennis Quaid into his office to tell him he’s been drafted by the major leagues, AND he’ll be playing in his hometown … it’s a pretty tough scene to get through, but in a good way.
7. Meet the Robinsons
Meet the Robinsons is mostly a goofy movie filled with fun stuff for little kids that I have to be in the mood for. But this movie’s centered around adoption, and the last five minutes or so are just perfect for any adoption advocate to enjoy. Plus, the song “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas is Ah-MAY-zing!
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
“My friends, you bow to no one.”
5. We Bought a Zoo
This one caught me off guard. They played the widower father story very well in this movie. We were laughing pretty hard at the end of the credits because of how much it made me cry.
4. My Life
The guy has cancer and isn’t expected to see the birth of his son. I mean, he doesn’t even get to teach his boy to shave someday!
3. The Cure
Spoiler alert: That cute kid from Jurassic Park dies at the end. Forget the tissues – bring out a mop!
2. Toy Story 3
The opening home video montage. Woody walking out on the gang. The incinerator scene. Giving the toys away. The last playtime. Take your pick. You’ve seen it; you know the feeling.
1. My Dog Skip
Another unexpected tear-jerker. I thought this was just going to be a cute little comedy about a boy and his dog, you know, like Beethoven or …Old Yeller. I know, I know, I should have seen it coming, but I just didn’t. Well, at least you’ve been warned.
Go on. Admit you cry. Share your go-to tear-jerkers below.