When I’m on a long haul flight, I typically indulge in a movie or two.  Most of them are forgettable.  In fact, I’d already forgotten the name of one of the movies I watched in-flight last month.

Then, there are films that leave me feeling confused.  For example, Shape of Water.  That film won an Oscar for Best Picture, so it’s got to be good, right?  Spoiler alert:   I’m not into sci-fi fantasy, but I could live with the film’s premise. I won’t lie:  When the protagonist was consummating with her love interest (the fish alien) in the bathroom, I had a “What the hell am I watching?” moment.

That Darn Sappy Movie!

And then, there are those movies that you’d watch without any expectations.  That was the case when I decided to watch The Fault In Our Stars on my flight back from Amsterdam.

I had been going through some things, and I didn’t want to watch anything too emotionally heavy.  I wanted to watch something modern and light.  The synopsis looked good, the film was principally shot in the Netherlands, and I thought it might be fun to try to see if I recognize some of the landmarks. Besides, the food service was about to start.  I might as well watch something while I enjoy my meal.

Let me preface by saying that I’m not usually a crier when it comes to movies.  There’s no shame in it if you are, but I’m not one of those people. Except maybe the Lion King.

What I didn’t know was that this movie had some major tearjerkers.

Keeping it Together

The film kept tugging at me in ways unexpected.  Before I knew it, big fat tears rolled down my cheeks.  I couldn’t stop them fast enough.

At least when you’re at the theaters, you could hide in the dark.  On a plane and during a meal service, there’s nowhere to go.  I felt so exposed. And then, there was another tearjerker scene.  And in that stupidly emotional period in my life, I couldn’t help but tear up again.  What the hell was wrong with me?

Yet, for one split second, I had an odd but slightly comforting thought:

Maybe the flight attendant thinks the on-board food is so bad that I’m crying over it.  (At least that thought got me to crack a little smile).

I think I will skip the sappy movies and save them for at home or at the movies. For in-flight entertainment, I think I might be better off just sticking to funny sitcoms.