Writer Amy Sohn remembers The Tears Didn’t Come Until It Was Too Late in her reminisce of being a child star whose “big break was spoiled when she couldn’t cry in a screen test.”
Tears come to me when I least expect it – watching an episode of House of Cards (?). But when I want to have an excuse to cry, I know where to go.
The old movie channel has saved me when I needed a good full out cry but could not manage to cough it up. When my first-born left for college, I kept up the strong facade, and unlike the President, I could speak of it without tears. On the big day, after dropping her off at the dorm, I managed a smile for her, and even pleasant conversation with my husband on the way home. But that evening, I found my relief, and cried out loud at every scene of Old Yeller.
I found a list of movies guaranteed to make you cry – among them some old favorites like Beaches and My Girl, but, as a new Netflix user, I thought I’d look for some laughter – movies to make you laugh – a much harder task. I’ve returned to my DVD for missed episodes of TDS (The Daily Show) and Stephen Colbert’s monologues for The Late Show. Colbert always makes me laugh – and sometimes cry.