Let’s Get Emotional. Together.

by tatiana on November 20, 2013

Thomas Jayyyyy

If you’re a regular listener of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, you’re probably familiar with the episode a few weeks ago where they talked about “Pop Culture That Makes Us Cry.” As many of my friends and family are aware, although I keep pretty cool in most situations (I like to think I have a good poker face, but I probably don’t), I’m a sucker for sentiment. The PCHH folks discussed the different films, film scores, songs and other things that make them emotional. Some of those things make them emotional because of a memory or an association from their own lives that they relate to that bit of pop culture.

Well folks, I decided to make my own list of Pop Culture that makes me cry. In no particular order, they are:

1. “Ceremony” by New Order

2. “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dream Girls (starts at 3:10)

3. The end of My Girl (1991) – “Where are his glasses? He can’t see without his glasses!” <– CUE MY SOBBING

4. “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire – the line “someone told me not to cry” KILLS ME. Every time.

5. Mr. Rogers’ acceptance speech at the 1997 Emmy Awards

6. The last episode of Six Feet Under

7. (SPOILER ALERT) When Neville Longbottom wins 10 points for Gryffindor at the end of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

What makes you emotional? Is there anything glaringly obvious that I’ve left out? (There are probably a lot of things.)

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Melissa November 20, 2013 at 9:55 am

1. NPR’s Story Corps when people talk about how much they love and appreciate each other.
2. The scene in Steel Magnolias where Sally Field freaks out at her daughter’s funeral
3. The song “Smile” by Nat King Cole (omg I’m tearing up just thinking about it)
4. Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” gaaaahhhhhh


Marissa November 20, 2013 at 9:57 am

Ditto on “Harvest Moon.” That song is so pretty, it hurts!


tatiana November 20, 2013 at 10:09 am

I still have yet to see Steel Magnolias. I know, what kind of woman am I?! I should watch it this weekend.

And I agree with Mar. <3


Marissa November 20, 2013 at 10:09 am

1. The end of The Killing Fields (this is one where if I even think about it too much, I cry)
2. The final montage in Parenthood (movie, not the show)
3. The final montage in Crimes and Misdemeanors because it’s so beautiful and perfectly done
4. The final episodes of Six Feet Under and Friday Night Lights
5. The following other songs: “Hold On” by Tom Waits, “Forever” by The Beach Boys, “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young, k.d. lang’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” and most renditions of “Pur ti Miro” from The Coronation of Poppea
6, Those damn Chipotle commercials. Seriously.


tatiana November 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

Omg, the Chipotle commercials. The scarecrow one. Gah!


Chandra November 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

1. When Maria (the wife) passes away in “Up”
2. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri (damn you Cathy!)
3. “A Walk to Remember”… I know cheesy!


tatiana November 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

I haven’t seen Up, but from what I hear the first 15 minutes or so is a sob fest. And YES to #2. And yes it is all Cathy’s fault!


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