Obviously here at Access Reel, watching films is one our favourite things to do. But what about when it comes to the emotional rollercoaster that they can often take you on; is it cool to be blubbering into your popcorn on a first date even if it is The Notebook?

Well, Ladbrokes Casino have recognised this dilemma of separating the champs from the chumps. Unsurprisingly, crying during a film was deemed by 34% of respondents to be unmanly, with nearly 9% going as far to say a maximum 5 lad points be stripped for such an act! The modern day lad does need to show his emotion and have a softer side however, as a large number of women considered it commendable for men to shed a tear at a sad film (maybe this is a tactical first date move after all).

To clear up any confusion over this matter, a list of films deemed acceptable to cry at was determined. Unsurprisingly, all time weep-fest, Titanic was high on the list –we’ve all cried at these films haven’t we lads…lads?!

We were surprised to see Disney classic Bambi on the list and Marley and Me also made an appearance – obviously we all think it’s a lot more acceptable to break down over your favourite fluffy friend rather than any real life heart-strainer.

So if your other half is partial to a bit of a movie night sobathon, we’d make sure it’s one of the following:

    • Titanic

    • Bambi

    • Marley & Me

    • Schindlers List

    • Love Story

    • ET

    • Ghost

    • Green Mile

    • Lassie

    • Notebook

If you’re heading out to the movies this month, we’d probably suggest you opt for 22 Jump Street instead of The Fault in our Stars if you don’t want to be tripping over your man-size tissues. You can also check out the full Lad Points chart to test yourself and see how you fare up amongst the champs and the chumps.


Darran loves watching movies, listening to movies and generally everything movies which is mainly the reason why he started accessreel.com and roped some friends in to help him.. Favorite Films: Star Wars, Lost in Translation, Grosse Point Blank, Shawshank Redemption and any Kevin Smith or Tarantino.