Skip to comments.Can tear-jerkers turn you liberal? As Good As It Gets and The Rainmaker make you soppy, says study
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.
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Thank you! Yet another reason to avoid chick-flicks!
No. Liberals have no heart.
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!
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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!
I do not know about “turn” but they sure shill for the leftist position.
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.
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.
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.
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?
“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
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.
I tried that out - no effect.
The Great Escape
All about rescuing a kidnapped daughter, protecting family, community, country, loved ones, falling in love, and saving innocents. All sentimental, and all harmless.
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?
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.”
Tell them you cant cut me off you don’t know where I’m getting it.That will fix them.
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.
“How do you write women so well?”
“I think of a man. Then I take away reason and accountability.”
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.
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”.
All of liberalism is based on pure emotion. This is no surprise at all.
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.
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.
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