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    #1

    "an eight-handkerchief movie"

    Hi,

    One warning: the typhoon of emotions makes this an eight-handkerchief movie.

    All in The Families - TIME
    (This sentence appears in the third paragraph.)
    1.
    I gather that the sentence means that this movie is tear-wrenching to a great extent. It takes eight handkerchiefs for one to wipe the tears that shed while one watches the movie.
    Do I hit the nail on the head?

    2.
    Is "an eight-handkerchief movie" is an idiosyncratic metaphor?
    Is it okay to imitate it?



    Best Regards,


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    Re: "an eight-handkerchief movie"

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post

    1.
    I gather that the sentence means that this movie is tear-wrenching to a great extent. It takes eight handkerchiefs for one to wipe the tears that shed while one watches the movie.
    Do I hit the nail on the head?
    Yes, that's exactly what it means.
    These movies are called "tear-jerkers" or "weepies."

    Here's a site that claims it has listed the "100 Greatest Tear-Jerkers of All Time"
    100 Greatest Tearjerkers: Channel 4 Film

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    2.
    Is "an eight-handkerchief movie" is an idiosyncratic metaphor?
    Is it okay to imitate it?
    This expression was made up individually by the movie critic.
    I wouldn't imitate it anyway -- Too many handkerchiefs
    The effort to make his point in an arresting way led this writer to an unfunny hyperbole, in my opinion.


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    Re: "an eight-handkerchief movie"

    I wouldn't imitate it anyway -- Too many handkerchiefs
    The effort to make his point in an arresting way led this writer to an unfunny hyperbole, in my opinion.
    Eight does seem like a lot, unless of course the writer is using the official IFISOB—the International Film Industry Scale of Blubbering, which is a scale of one to ten handkerchiefs.

    Greg


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    Re: "an eight-handkerchief movie"

    Quote Originally Posted by dragn View Post
    Eight does seem like a lot, unless of course the writer is using the official IFISOB—the International Film Industry Scale of Blubbering, which is a scale of one to ten handkerchiefs.

    Greg
    LOL! And here I was thinking it was only one to five!


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