Article – Why The F*Ck Do Men Cry To Films ?

January 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Articles | 2 Comments
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Well I got that bored I decided to write an article myself. Sorry for the lack of activity here but I’ve been rather busy (got to work sometime you know!) I hope you enjoy it and your comments are very welcome indeed. If you feel inspired to write for this site feel free – just e-mail me at  (please put subject as MANCRY ) and I’ll take a look.

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Why The F*Ck Do Men Cry To Films ?

By Doug James (creator of

Have you ever wondered why the f*ck us men cry at films? Well you’re not alone! Why do we cry when know the film is a work of fiction? Why do we cry and try to cover it up with the classic line ”Something’s in my eye” excuse? Well, I will try my best to answer and analyse these questions for you the best I can in a short but honest article.

For a basis of my argument I’m going to refer to the mother of all ManCry films – Field of Dreams. If you haven’t seen this film, I suggest you do before reading on as this article will spoil the film for you and you won’t understand to what I’m referring too. Field of Dreams in literally generally regarded as the film that is guaranteed to produce a ManCry . I don’t know anyone who hasn’t watched that film and shed a tear or at least had a very, very dry throat while holding back tears.

The Father & Son

I think the most popular theme to a good old fashioned ManCry, is the father and son story. Anything that tells the story of a father and sons journey / arguments or bond really tends to hit a nerve with most men. But why is this? Well I think it’s simple : There isn’t a man out there today that doesn’t wish they had a better bond with their father. Or sadly even worse, wished that their father was still alive. Many men get on great with their fathers and have fantastic memories of their childhood with them. Most men would give ANYTHING to experience that again. Most men would just love that chance to speak to their deceased father or carry on the great experiences together. The final scene of field of dreams makes men flood with tears for the simple reason – we can relate to it and we want it!

Now I’m not even a fan of baseball but you know what? It didn’t matter one bit! It’s just the concept of being with your father again that is so moving to most people. I couldn’t have told you who shoeless Joe Jackson was before Field of Dreams , but ask any man if he’s seen the film and 99% of men will say ”of course!” followed by ”I cried my eyes out!”

The Music

Imagine watching Field of Dreams with no soundtrack. Imagine the famous final scene with only the dialogue. Do you think you’d still cry? Well Kevin Costner is that damn good so you probably would but it certainly wouldn’t be as enjoyable or moving. ( I’m a facebook fan of ”Kevin Costner is Such a Good Actor That He Would Rock Even in Lesbian Porn” fan page for a reason you know!)

I Also love film soundtracks. Musicians are so talented to be able to put together a string of notes which can completely control how we feel. Happy, sad, or relieved  to name but a few, all with just the way musical notes are put together. I find it simply amazing. I don’t know about you but I can listen to a film soundtrack and practically imagine the film scenes along with it. Very clever stuff indeed that I think is widely unappreciated.

The Verdict

At the end of the day, I’ll sum it up like this. The reason we have a good old fashioned ManCry is because we want to! We put the film on, we sit quietly, we burst into tears, we wipe our eyes and then say ”I don’t know why I do it to myself!” We LOVE IT! The father and son scene will always produce a ManCry, as almost every man can think back to his childhood, misses his dad or just wants to have a better or longer relationship with him. Imagining that you could introduce your wife or child to your dad they never met! What would he say or think? If I could have just one more day with my Dad! The list goes on and on…..The best part about a film like field of dreams is it will be enjoyed by generation after generation as we will never stop talking about our favourite ManCry to enjoy! Yes good acting helps (thanks Kev ) , a great soundtrack and a well written film all combined should last the test of time. Film writers/ directors dont always get it right I’ll admit that for sure. But when they do – something magical happens. Embrace it, share it or even deny it – either way – IT’S OK TO HAVE A MANCRY!



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