We’ve culled a few cherished film classics of guydom and drew up a psychological profile of the fellows who are drawn to said films. There’s a rhyme and a reason (maybe not a rhyme) to why you like these flicks, and we can extract something from that. Read on and see what your favorite flick in this list has to say about you when the camera lens gets reversed. The doctor will see you now!
The 1994 Frank Darabont-helmed prison drama "The Shawshank Redemption" is a guy movie classic and on its surface is a film about the undying spirit that hope and redemption can bring you. But dig a bit deeper (pun intended) and you’ll see the film celebrates obsessive behavior — Tim Robbins’ Andy Dufresne is obsessed with the fact that he is innocent. Morgan Freeman’s Red tries to talk him out of his obsessive zeal for his innocence but to no avail. And how does Andy break out of prison? By methodically digging a hole out of the prison over a span of years.
"Shawskank" fanatics, those people who find the film a transcendent experience are most likely suffering from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (which manifests itself as the so-called Type-A personality type). The way "The Shawshank Redemption" fans watch the movie is reflective of obsessive-compulsive behavior as well — the film receives high ratings when shown on TV even 16 years after it debuted in theaters and the film has continuously held its spot as one of the top rated films on IMDB. Though most likely a coincidence, it appears the film’s celebration of obsessive characteristics has struck a chord with an equally obsessive fanbase.
Luc Besson unveiled his action-drama man classic "The Professional" (aka "Leon" in France) in 1994. The film featured Jean Reno as a cool, calm and collected hitman named Leon and Gary Oldman as the blood-curdling scary DEA agent/bad guy Norman Stansfield.
Oh yeah, and the film marked the debut of Natalie Portman as a sexed up 12-year-old Mathilda. There are a lot of psychological threads working in the film — Leon is a sexually repressed obsessive. Stansfield obviously shows signs of extreme addiction/addictive personality disorder. And Mathilda? Well she witnesses the death of her family and it causes her to go a bit loopy. She’s got post traumatic stress disorder.
So what about the fans? Well, the film is a classic revenge tale where seeking retribution is worth dying for. People who relate to that basic construct display a smattering of obsessive personality traits mixed in with feelings of rage. Rage can be linked to depression, a prototypical "chemical imbalance" or a mental block/unresolved issue.
Or you could be a creepy dude who’s into the pre-teen Natalie Portman. That would make you a boilerplate sexual predator. But let’s hope this isn’t the case.
Martin Scorcese’s 1990 gangster classic "Goodfellas" is a complex film with fleshed out, lifelike characters. You’ve got our narrator, Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill who seems to be a good guy but ends up in a downward spiral of drug addiction that he only gets out of by ratting out his fellow gangsters. You’ve got the smart but paranoid Jimmy Conway, played by Robert De Niro. And you’ve got Joe Pesci’s Tommy DeVito, the funniest guy in the room until he shoots you in the face.
Like in any complex film, it’s hard for a fan to truly sympathize with any one character. The film both celebrates and denounces gangster life. And in the end, the "rat" gets away which doesn’t satisfy anyone hoping to lose themselves in the so-called "honor" of La Cosa Nostra. Serious fans of the film are most likely members of the Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging personality type — people who fixate on facts and details. ISTJ’s believe themselves to be objective parties who get off on the pure complexities of something rather than attempting to relate to it.
But the genius of Scorcese is that even if you don’t relate to "Goodfellas," there’s enough classically entertaining stuff piled on in the film that just about anyone (ISTJ or not) can find something to enjoy.
The 1982 film "Porky’s" is the archetype for all teen sex comedies that came after. It’s also an incredibly disjointed film that skirts by on excessive nudity and yelling instead of any truly "great" jokes. The film’s plot roughly surrounds a group of teenagers who get revenge on the owner of a strip club.
With so many more options both in comedy films and in films that feature nudity, anyone who still truly loves "Porky’s" has to be trapped in their childhood. Someone with a stunted personality most likely suffered a traumatic experience early in life and found comfort in retreating into a juvenile bit of entertainment, like "Porky’s." We suggest you get psychological help right away.