The Attack of the Left-Wing Weepie

Just as teen boys love action films, so the erudite fall for social sentimentality

Joss Barratt - IFC First Take

Cillian Murphy as Damien and Pádraic Delaney as Teddy in a scene from The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

This must have happened to you. You and a companion have just seen a dramatic movie. One of you is still choking back sobs. The other has eyes as dry as the Gobi. The unmoved one says, "I can't believe you were so gullible as to fall for that pap." The teary one blurts out, "If that film didn't touch your heart, maybe you don't have one." Relationships have sundered on this primal wrangle: whether or not one surrenders to the thrall of a movie weepie.

It's not just a guy-gal thing, though that's part of the equation. It's more about...

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