In Celebration of the Weepie…. by Jo Dickinson
Here at Books and the City we are celebrating the publication of the wonderful Who Do you Love by Jennifer Weiner on August 27th. It is a beautiful love story and a total weepie, telling the story of Rachel Blum and Andy Landis who meet aged eight years old late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to the emergency room and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again. They are wrong. The measure of a life is who you love …
Sometimes, there is nothing better than sitting down to watch a film or read a book knowing that you are going to experience joy and sadness and every emotion in between. Sometimes it’s just what you need.
In celebration of the weepie, we have compiled a list of the films guaranteed to make us blub.
Right at the beginning of the film we see a montage of our grumpy hero’s life – no words are spoken but a thousand emotions are expressed. So simple, so beautiful and will make you sob. The kids will be very surprised.
Two girls from very different backgrounds meet and stay friends through thick and thin – it’s deeply uncool with a terrible title song but could be the most heartbreaking ‘best friend’ movie of them all?
A film featuring Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts, what’s not to like? You laugh and you cry – another great friendship movie.
DEAD POET’S SOCIETY
When all the pupils stand on their desks at the end of this movie, it’s hard to hold back the tears. Inspiring stuff – Robin Williams is magnificent.
Forget Marley, this ‘man’s best friend’ story will make you cry buckets. The dog protects his family through thick and thin – sob!
‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry.’ Enough said. Pass the tissues.
Ryan Gosling stars in this beautiful tale of undying love. It’s a modern classic. Watch it and weep.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
We haven’t seen the film but the book made us bawl. Amazing. If you haven’t read it, get yourself to a bookshop NOW! And while you are there, pick up a copy of Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner as well….