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The 15 Pop Culture Moments That Made Us Cry in 2012

By Courtney Enlow | Seriously Random Lists | January 2, 2013 | Comments ()


This movie:


This scene:


That time Benji got to join the Treblemakers, because it was all he ever wanted, you guys:


I'm not gonna lie to you. This, a little bit:


This whole movie:


But not as much as the possibility of this:


This made the tweens cry a lot.




Sniffle. This.




Oh, god, this:


Dear Christ on a cracker, this:


And, sweet Jesus, this:

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But what made this pop culture blogger cry hardest, you ask? Probably this:



...But mostly this:


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  • apsutter

    Glad that I'm not the only one who teared up a little during the new Men in Black. That ending was just so sad and sweet...I wasn't prepared to be sad at an MIB movie lol

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  • zeke_the_pig

    Hmmmmmmm, nope: Coulson > all of the above.

  • Bucky

    I actually a picture of my tear puddle after watching that Parenthood episode. Truth be told, I was crying long after it ended. Oh, moms.

  • dizzylucy

    Parenthood always gets me. Always.
    The Ben Leslie proposal got me too, but I think I actually teared up more when she got to vote for herself and thanked all her friends for helping her.

  • I was crying like my dog died when Batman told Gordon he was Bruce Wayne. And then a bit more when we get a close up of Batman as he flies the bomb out over the water. And then a bit more when Gordon sees the new Batsignal. And then a lot more when Alfred sees Bruce alive. And then a bit more when Blake rises on the platform in the Batcave.

    I also teared up at the end of Lincoln when he's giving the fake inaugural speech.

  • So much lameness on this list. Weak.

  • ghisent

    Thanks for stopping by. No, really, you've been so very helpful with your positive contributions to the discussion.

  • You are very welcome. I am glad I could help.

  • Jezzer

    Really? I thought he was being kind of a cun--

    OH. I see what you did there.

  • No-no, it was sarc... Oh, wait...

  • Michelle

    Oh man, that Parenthood scene. Monica Potter is just consistently great on that show, but she's been handling this story arc incredibly well. I prepare my husband before we watch it every week by saying "okay, you ready for the non stop crying? BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN."

  • BWeaves

    I magically missed every one of these except for the Weeping Angels, and they didn't make me cry.

  • e jerry powell

    I did not cry one tear in 2012. The last time I cried during a TV show was the last two episodes of The Big C, season one, and after that the writers fucked with the through-line so much that I couldn't even be bothered with crying when Lee died at the end of season two. In 2012, season three rolled out, annoying in the extreme and even Susan Sarandon couldn't save it.

  • Three_nineteen

    I agree. They screwed up that show so much. I didn't even watch Season 3 because I knew the end of Season 2 was going to be a big fakeout.

  • e jerry powell

    I did watch all of season three, and I'm upset that I won't have that time back.

  • Poopnado

    I'm just gonna say that Pajiba actually ruined the cover photo moment for me by posting a cover photo of this moment before I got to see the Parks and Rec episode. Why wasn't it after the jump?! I don't read the articles until after I see the shows because I don't want to see spoilers, but I thought I was safe just being on the website and looking at other articles. Now I have to not read Pajiba until after I've seen whatever shows I don't want ruined.

    I realize this is waaaaay to late to complain about, but I have the flu and I just watched Pocohantas AND Pocahontas 2 and I'm full of anger. I can't stab Disney so TAKE THAT Pajiba comments section.

  • Tinkerville

    I had the same issue and I'll admit it sent me into a ball of rage because the proposal was supposed to be a surprise and they posted that photo the MORNING after. Those of us who can't afford cable rely on Hulu to watch episodes the next day so posting them that morning is a dick move. I, too, avoid articles that may contain spoilers like any sensible person but it's impossible to avoid header pictures. In short, please don't. Keep the spoilers within the articles, not on the home page. /endrant

  • poopnado

    WOO I'm not the only one. I usually don't watch Parks and Rec until the weekend, so I guess I'll just avoid Pajiba until then. :-(

  • automatic365

    You're like 10 weeks behind. You've more than missed the statute of limitations to complain about spoilers

  • alwaysanswerb

    Pretty sure s/he was talking about when Pajiba posted a screencap of it as the cover photo the day after the ep aired.

  • PerpetualIntern

    That may be true, but the his/her username is Poopnado. Free pass.

  • Buck Forty

    I think the baby explains why you cried so much. Hormones.
    Me? No baby so no crying. At any of this.
    But I'm tough. I passed a kidney stone last Sunday and *almost* cried, but didn't. (But maybe that was the morphine they gave me in hospital).

  • exploranora

    I love a good heartfelt moment and Parenthood ALWAYS DELIVERS. I cry every time.

    And my fiance cries too. He teared up during that wedding that happened on one of those Rose Parade floats. He's so precious.


  • KelJo

    I love you that you included Benji's moment! I just watched Pitch Perfect this past weekend, and immediately started downloading songs and went out and bought it on blu-ray. Time for another viewing, I think! "Hands in, aca-bitches!"

  • Milly

    Benji looks so waxy in the filum, almost as if this was set within the world of Mannequin and he only comes to live when he wants to sing.

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    ETA: Sorry about the double thumbnail. Don't know why it did that.

  • John W

    I'm surprised people still get emotional about HIMYM after they've yanked the football away so many times.

  • e jerry powell

    People still watch Peanuts cartoons, no?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    also: for a proposal that doesn't make sense.

  • Sirilicious

    Why would you post a gif where it is unclear where Loki shoves his wand?

    Did you see the Avengers at the matinee?

  • ExUSA

    So I don't know where I've been for the past year, but that poptart story is about the best thing I've ever read. Thank you for bringing it into my life.

  • What is that one before Rory and Amy?

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  • Thank you!

  • Quatermain

    I don't know, those Kristen Stewart pictures are more inclined to make me laugh than anything, especially that second to last one, where she looks like the cat that just ate the canary. That fuckin' smirk kills me.

  • Adrienne Marie

    I'm more surprised that she's showing some semblance of emotion.

  • e jerry powell

    Didn't think it was possible, huh?

    Still don't.

  • Milly

    I was happy for Benji, but I got more joy with the Judd Nelson fist during the final song.

    Judd Nelson's Fist would be a great band name, or maybe a euphemism.

  • Nose kisses are the adorablest. But also, that scene b/t Rue and Katniss did leave me cryin' like a little bitch. So much so, that my friend said, "Are you OK? It's just a movie..."

  • All the feels.

  • Jezzer

    My saddest pop culture moment was hearing that Kim Kardashian was pregnant, and realizing that this goddamn baby is going to be talked about like it's the fucking Christ child right up until it pops out and signs a contract with Vivid.

  • Blake

    Kanye & Kim vs Will & Kate - Who will win for "The Most Needlessly Talked about Baby when there are things Happening in the World that Actually Matter Award"?

  • Will and Kate's baby will sit on the thrones of sixteen nation-states. For all the puffery, there's at least something of actual relevance there.

  • Buck Forty

    Will and Kate's baby will bring scandal to Buckingham Palace after a shameful incident with Kanye and Kim's baby.

  • e jerry powell

    You may be on to something there..

  • TheOriginalMRod

    NO!!! Agent Coulson!!! Not Phil!

    I still think he is alive. It was a ploy damnit!!!

  • Natallica

    (SPOILERS HERE!!!!) He's definitely alive. Why the Captain America trading cards were stained with blood if it's stated before that Coulson had left them in his locker? Nick Fury just told the Avengers he was dead to set their revenge reaction in motion.

  • ghisent

    Oh, honey, no. Have you never seen a Whedon production before? He kills the ones we love, and they stay dead.

  • poopnado

    Unless they become vampires or get resurrected or come back over and over again in dream sequences. BUFFY FOREVER

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Easy!!! I just got Firefly and Serenity for Xmas! Should I go buy a case of Kleenex first? No don't tell me... I will just have a beach towel handy.

  • You know those tarps they use to cover baseball diamonds when it rains? You need that.

  • sean

    You had never seen them before. Oh shit. I envy you. And feel so sorry for you at the same time.

  • Tinkerville

    SO many feelings! This post was so beautiful (and congrats again, Courtney-- that's a hella beautiful baby) that it made me forgive Pajiba for completely spoilering the Knope/Wyatt proposal by posting that header picture the morning after the episode aired. Happy new years indeed.

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