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Can tear-jerkers turn you liberal? As Good As It Gets and The Rainmaker make you soppy, says study
UK Daily Mail ^ | December 27, 2013

Posted on 12/27/2013 11:30:13 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

Sentimental films make you more liberal, research suggests.

Political scientists found that Hollywood movies are better able to change attitudes – in a left-wing direction – than advertising or news reports.

Todd Adkins, of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, said audiences seemed to turn off their critical faculties when they reach the cinema.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: asgoodasitgets; chickflicks; jacknicholson; liberalagenda; movies; politics

1 posted on 12/27/2013 11:30:14 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Thank you! Yet another reason to avoid chick-flicks!


2 posted on 12/27/2013 11:41:09 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: ConservativeStatement

No. Liberals have no heart.


3 posted on 12/27/2013 11:42:15 PM PST by upsdriver
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To: ConservativeStatement

How amazing that political scientists would find that sentimental films make you more liberal. I have seen great sentimental films all my life , not that pap that they use as examples(except it’s a wonderful life) and I’m as far from liberal as you can get. Pure bolshevik!


4 posted on 12/27/2013 11:44:10 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’ve watched As Good As It Gets several times and have yet to cry but I do still LOL especially when Jack riffs the “Sailor wanna Hump hump” line.


5 posted on 12/27/2013 11:46:41 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Todd Adkins, of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, said audiences seemed to turn off their critical faculties when they reach the cinema.”

And sadly, those critical faculties stayed turned off even when they enter the voting booth as the last 2 Presidential elections attest to.


6 posted on 12/27/2013 11:50:32 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ConservativeStatement
As Good As It Gets didn't make me liberal but it did make me cringe when fat, sloppy and 60ish Jack Nicholson romanced slim, toned and 30ish Helen Hunt.
7 posted on 12/27/2013 11:51:14 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and that didn’t make me a liberal. By the way, Mr. Potter, the banker, is more similar to George Soros than and conservative I know. George Bailey is the embodiment of conservatism.


8 posted on 12/28/2013 12:01:54 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Mad Dawgg
The first time I watched AGAIG I pegged it for the pink propaganda it actually is. It's clearly a caricature of what the movie makers perceive as your typical straight man.

Hollywood can't conceive of a reasonable person taking a rational assessment of homosexuality and concluding that it's a universally destructive force in any culture.

9 posted on 12/28/2013 12:19:51 AM PST by stormhill
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To: ConservativeStatement

Rainmaker has always been one of my favorite movies.

Katharine Hepburn is a huge casting mistake.

But Burt Lancaster gives what can practically be called a performance of his career! He’s brilliant!


10 posted on 12/28/2013 12:28:07 AM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

http://www.americanthinker.com/printpage/?url=http://www.americanthinker.com/archived-articles/../2009/09/by_the_book_how_democracies_pe.html


11 posted on 12/28/2013 12:28:56 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I do not know about “turn” but they sure shill for the leftist position.


12 posted on 12/28/2013 12:54:28 AM PST by Republican1795.
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To: colorado tanker

Chick flicks emasculate you. I know, I’ve had girlfriends “threaten” me if I don’t watch films such as Sex in The City, PS I love You, Letters to Juliet and all that crap, and I still say no. When I said “threaten” means threatened to withhold sex.


13 posted on 12/28/2013 1:04:27 AM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’m a big Nicholson fan, and I positively despised AGAIG. I almost fell asleep halfway through. The movie would have been a lot better if Jack would have stayed a misanthropic hater all the way through the flick. I saw the liberal bent early on.


14 posted on 12/28/2013 1:44:00 AM PST by driftless2
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To: max americana

Men hate chick flicks because they represent what men most hate about life...a bunch of people sitting around whining about their problems. Would men like to watch movies about men sitting around whining about their wives? I doubt it. Unless there’s some shooting, car chases, explosions, gratuitous nudity (not involving naked men), most men stay far away from relationship movies. Which is what most chick flicks are...women sitting around commiserating and feeling sorry for themselves. And in today’s chick flicks, if there’s a prominent male, he’s of the liberal, emasculated sort.


15 posted on 12/28/2013 1:52:42 AM PST by driftless2
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To: ConservativeStatement

Not too crazy about so-called chick flicks, but I’ve watched a few - usually to appease the GF.

I don’t see that they’ve made me appreciably liberal in outlook; don’t political scientists have anything better to do than engage in this sort of frivolity?


16 posted on 12/28/2013 3:05:35 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: driftless2

“Men hate chick flicks because they represent what men most hate about life...a bunch of people sitting around whining about their problems.”

BINGO. Men don’t listen to other men’s problems..they solve it. My mentality is, I have problems of my own so why should I listen to yours? I think I remembered one of my ex saying ‘Ok, if you watch Sex In the City 2” with me, I’ll watch your stupid Dark Knight movie with you”. Thought about it, but the price I pay is too high LOL


17 posted on 12/28/2013 3:06:58 AM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: ConservativeStatement

Tear -jerkers can turn you towards liberalism?
Boy is that a stretch.Anything to recruit you into there ranks.
Next they’ll be saying you’re most likely to be a racist if you prefer white bread.


18 posted on 12/28/2013 3:55:08 AM PST by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I tried that out - no effect.

Fight Club
The Great Escape
Predator
Gladiator
Airplane
Braveheart
The Expendables
The Untouchables
Rambo
The Godfather
Dirty Harry
Deathwish
Taken

All about rescuing a kidnapped daughter, protecting family, community, country, loved ones, falling in love, and saving innocents. All sentimental, and all harmless.


19 posted on 12/28/2013 4:31:22 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Pollster1
Fight Club... is a tear-jerker...

And Airplane...

20 posted on 12/28/2013 4:53:44 AM PST by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: Teacher317

Airplane is the classic tear jerker. Ted Striker is heartbroken because he lost Elaine’s love and is still trying to win her back despite also suffering from the emotional trauma of the war and a drinking problem. Elaine still loves Ted but has been hurt by him too many times to trust . . . not to mention her final fling with Otto.

Fight Club is similar. The main character is a regular at support groups, struggling to let his feelings out.

Who could resist those chick flicks?


21 posted on 12/28/2013 5:48:09 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

I have watched this movie several times as well and LOL when the secretary in the publisher’s office asks Melvin (Jack) how he writes women so well. His answer - “I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.”


22 posted on 12/28/2013 5:49:48 AM PST by CheneyClone
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To: max americana

Tell them you cant cut me off you don’t know where I’m getting it.That will fix them.


23 posted on 12/28/2013 6:03:25 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

In a liberal movie, the money you give to the homeless person enables him to go to college and become a social worker that helps homeless people.

In reality, they just buy 40’s with it.


24 posted on 12/28/2013 6:05:32 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Pollster1
How do you rate the movie version of The Untouchables?
25 posted on 12/28/2013 6:06:14 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Mad Dawgg

“How do you write women so well?”

“I think of a man. Then I take away reason and accountability.”


26 posted on 12/28/2013 6:21:41 AM PST by onedoug
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To: ConservativeStatement

Psychologists have also shown that seeing the United States flag makes people more patriotic and conservative for up to two weeks. This means that at every opportunity, *especially* before election day, we should display the flag.

Let me propose right now that starting a week before state primaries, and a week before election day on November 4th, 2014, that everyone display the flag.

It is doubly important to do this before state primaries, to take out as many RINOs as possible.


27 posted on 12/28/2013 8:13:11 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Last Obamacare Promise: "If You Like Your Eternal Soul, You Can Keep It.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

I hate to go against majority FREEPER opinion (I usually end up WRONG when I do this) but I agree with this study.

I think the best example of this is the film “Titanic”.


28 posted on 12/28/2013 10:38:45 AM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: ConservativeStatement

All of liberalism is based on pure emotion. This is no surprise at all.


29 posted on 12/28/2013 4:48:35 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: ConservativeStatement

When As Good As It Gets came out, the liberal whipping boy de jour was HMOs. Sure enough, they shoehorned a swipe at HMOs into the movie.


30 posted on 12/28/2013 10:32:19 PM PST by No Whey Jose
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To: Cowboy Bob

I get pretty weepy during “Its a Wonderful Life”. I had damp eyes watching the recent “Saving Mr. Banks”. I always have damp eyes watching “We Were Soldiers”. My wife finds it endearing.

I also get a tear in my eye reading the Declaration of Independence to my kids when I see how far off our country has gone from the original intent.


31 posted on 12/28/2013 10:38:28 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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