'Beaches' Cry-Along: 92nd Street Y Encourages 'Shameless Weeping'
The days of stifling your tears in the theater are over! Indeed, wails are welcomed at New York's 92nd Street Y TriBeCa, which is ushering in a new brand of interactive movie watching: communal crying!
On January 28, the 92nd Street Y will kick off this cry-fest with a screening of 1988's "Beaches." The goal is to "experience this tearjerker in an environment where shameless weeping is encouraged." Tissues will also be available.
"Beaches," directed by Garry Marshall, narrates the lifelong friendship of Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey -- love triangles, failed marriages, motherhood -- ending with (sniffle) a terminal illness. Despite critical scorn, the film has muscled its way into the tearjerker hall of fame and thanks to Midler's karaoke-approved ballad, "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Beaches" has remained (mostly with a wink) a part of popular culture.
Cristina Cacioppo, the film programmer at the 92nd Street Y TriBeCa, said choosing "Beaches" to kick off its sing-and-cry fest was a no-brainer.
"'Beaches' has songs and it has emotions," she said. "I think that's a good way for me to test out the idea of a cry-along."
If it's a success, Cacioppo said other weepy favorites like "Steel Magnolias" and "Terms of Endearment" could be next.