I want to start out by saying this isn’t the post I intended to write today. No, my plan was to write a story based on Paul’s challenge. However, as I was writing, I really didn’t like where it was going. So I scrapped it. So, Paul, I apologize. Your story is next and it is coming. Just not this week.
Instead, you get something I thought about a few weeks ago but just haven’t gotten around to. There are certain scenes found in movies or television that have the uncanny ability to make me completely lose it every time I see them. And I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, but I’ve definitely allowed myself to become more emotional.
That’s easy for me to do because I’m alone when I watch these things. If I were around other people, there’s a good chance I wouldn’t cry as often when these scenes pop up. Or maybe I would… I don’t know, I’m not around people often enough to know if I’ll allow myself to get emotional. Especially these days.
I lucked out and found clips for everything I decided to reference. Some of these detail the endings to some important plots, so spoilers lie ahead. These are in no particular order…
1. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Wait… isn’t this a sitcom? That means it’s a comedy. Y’all… if you haven’t watched through this series, then you just don’t know how deep this show got. Will Smith became a legit actor thanks to his time on this show. This scene is from the episode where his estranged father comes back, only to disappoint Will for the last time. And Will’s reaction to his father leaving yet again is incredibly powerful. And I think we all feel that hug that Uncle Phil gives to Will at the end.
2. My Girl
If you’ve seen My Girl, you know the part. Macauley Culkin’s character, Thomas J., has just died unexpectedly after returning to a broken beehive. Being allergic, he couldn’t handle the attack from the swarm. His best friend, Veda, understandably has a difficult time accepting her friend’s death. The scene at his funeral just wrecks me.
Pretty much the first 10 minutes.
Miguel returns from the Land of the Dead to remind his great-grandmother about her father so that he doesn’t become forgotten forever. To do this, he sings her the song that Hector wrote for his little girl so long ago, “Remember Me.” This one isn’t a sad cry. It’s a happy one, because Coco is seemingly brought back to life herself and remembers her father with so much love.
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I was torn between two episodes from this series. The most obvious would be to choose a scene from “The Body,” where Buffy’s mother, Joyce, dies after suffering from a brain aneurysm. In that we’ve got anything from Buffy dealing with Joyce’s death on her own for the first act to Anya desperately trying to grapple with the concept of mortality. Instead, I went with a scene from the next episode, “Forever.” Dawn has gotten Spike to help her find a way to resurrect Joyce. When Buffy confronts her about it, Dawn just lays into her about how she hasn’t had time for Dawn and how she’s constantly staying busy to avoid dealing with their mother’s death. But Buffy breaks down and admits that she can’t stop because if she does, she has to admit that Joyce is really gone.
6. Avengers: Endgame
Okay, I’m a big geek. But, come on. After everything that’s happened in these Marvel movies for over a decade, you’ve got the guy that started it all sacrificing his life to save the universe. It’s not where he responds to Thanos with, “I… am… Iron Man…” before snapping his the Mad Titan out of existence. It’s where everyone comes to him in his final moments to let him know it’s all right. It’s where his holographic recording tells his daughter, “I love you 3000.”
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
I read the books. I knew it was coming. But Dobby getting killed by Bellatrix is still a knife to the gut every time. A free elf who died protecting his friends.
8. A Walk to Remember
Nicholas Sparks movies and books tend to make people cry. That’s just his thing. What gets me with this movie is when Landon finds out that his estranged father has funded Jamie’s hospice care, so she’s able to live out her days at home instead of in a hospital. Landon goes to his father and hugs him in tears.
9. The Chipmunk Adventure
I don’t think this movie received a lot of accolades when it was first released. And there are probably only a handful of us that even remember it fondly. It’s the animated Chipmunk movie where Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are in a hot air balloon race around the world against the Chipettes. There’s a scene near the end where the girls take a little detour to return a baby penguin to his family in the Antarctic. On the way there, they sing a song about missing mothers. It doesn’t help that, a few years ago, someone uploaded a video of their little girl watching this scene in the backseat of their car. And the kid is clearly torn up, but she’s trying so hard to keep it together.
10. Any video showing a military mom or dad surprising their kid…
So those are my picks. What movie or TV scenes make you cry every single time you watch them? Let me know in the comments.