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The crying game

4 minutes

Can any of these four men shed tears on command? The psychology of the ‘guy cry’

‘This might be the least fun I’ve ever had on the beach.’

Men have a difficult time connecting with their feelings – or, at least, so goes popular thinking. In The Crying Game, the US director Brent Hoff puts the myth of the emotionally withdrawn male to the test by coordinating a competition that challenges four grown men to cry as quickly as possible. The result is a fascinating, frequently funny and totally unscientific look at men’s relationship with tears – with a surprise twist at the end.

Director: Brent Hoff

Producer: Emily Doe, Brent Hoff

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