Pro Acting Coach Breaks Down 10 Crying Scenes | Good & Bad Acting

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Acting coach Jonna Johnson reacts to 10 iconic crying scenes from movies, reviewing the highs and lows of the actors’ performances.
Every movie star has their own cry face, from Daniel Kaluuya’s thick tears in the sunken-place scene from "Get Out" to Tobey Maguire’s signature "ugly cry" from the "Spider-Man" movies. When it’s time for the tears to roll on camera, some actors go for a single droplet strategically placed on the cheek, while others like to unleash the full waterworks. Some draw in the audience by emoting hard, like Julianne Moore does with her unbridled sobbing in "Still Alice;" others tell a story through subtle facial movements, as Jennifer Lopez does in a teary confrontation scene from "Hustlers."

With such a wide variety of crying styles, what makes some sob scenes pack an emotional punch — while others strike audiences as goofy or overdone? In this episode of "Good & Bad Acting," Johnson unpacks 10 of the best and worst cinematic tears, from Viola Davis’ visceral monologue in "Fences" to Nicolas Cage’s cartoonish breakdown in "Vampire’s Kiss."
Johnson evaluates how various shades of crying suit different genres and styles of film, ranging from Reese Witherspoon’s over-the-top breakup cry in the classic 2001 rom-com "Legally Blonde," to Heather Donahue’s dread-filled apology in the 1999 found-footage horror flick "The Blair Witch Project," to Leonardo DiCaprio’s collapse into tears in the dark 1995 drama "The Basketball Diaries." She deconstructs the greatness of Marlon Brando’s primal yelling in "A Streetcar Named Desire," pointing out the shades of anguish and vulnerability in the way Brando voices those cries of "Stella!" Johnson dissects the nuances of actors’ approaches to weeping on camera, from the build-up of snot seen in "Fences" and "The Blair Witch Project" to the tensed facial muscles seen in "Hustlers" and "Get Out.

Throughout the video, Johnson pins down the acting choices that make some cries come as forced or insincere, while others read as authentic emotional behavior on screen.

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Pro Acting Coach Breaks Down 10 Crying Scenes | Good & Bad Acting