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Living up to its name! Hysterical video shows parents sobbing after family trip to watch Les Misrables
09:34 GMT, 1 January 2013
With a title like Les Misrables, it doesn't exactly promise to be a laugh-a-minute movie.
And one family from New York has shown just how miserable the musical film is, as they sob loudly in a video taken after they left the cinema.
The Tom Hooper movie, which stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, is based on the Victor Hugo novel of economic strife and uprising in 19th century France.
After a family trip to watch the film, Ryan and Kevin Ferguson from Long Island, New York uploaded a video of their parents crying as they drove home, clearly shaken up by the film's closing moments.
Emotional: A video uploaded to YouTube by Ryan Ferguson shows his mother crying after watching Les Mis
'Wasn't it better than the play, George' Their mother asks her husband in the footage, which was uploaded to YouTube. 'It was better than the play.'
'I don't think you could say that,' he responds – but admits that he was moved too.
'I hear the first notes I start to cry,' he says as he drives his family. 'I was walking in I was crying. I look at Anne Hathaway and I still cry.'
He went on: 'We've been to funerals where we're less upset. We've been to funerals of family members and have cried less.'
Heartbreak: She says that she was particularly moved by a closing scene showing one character's sad eyes
Overcome: And when her sons start laughing at her reaction, she asks: 'How could you laugh'
As their sobs continue, the brothers begin to laugh, with Ryan even pointing the camera at his giggling face.
'How could you laugh' his mother says at one point, to which he responds: 'I'm not laughing! I was sad too.'
On asking what exactly it was about the film that had upset her, she responded: 'At the end, his eyes, he was old. I'm so upset. Oh my God. I can't talk about it.'
The video was uploaded to YouTube on December 28 and has already had more than 63,000 views.
Upset: Their father George admitted that he had cried less at family members' funerals
Tickled: Ryan Ferguson, who filmed the video, shows himself laughing at his parents' reactions
'My father was crying too, as my brother and I had earlier during the movie,' Ryan Ferguson wrote beneath the video. 'This is a lighthearted video showing how great my parents are.'
The comments on the video are understanding, with viewers admitting they too had struggled to hold back the tears as they watched the film.
'My exact reaction to the movie as well!' one wrote. 'My heart goes out to these parents. They were definitely not alone in their intense emotions over this.'
The film version of the award-winning musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer features live performances of all the songs by the Hollywood stars.
Touching: The film, starring Anne Hathaway, is based on the Victor Hugo book and subsequent musical and follows the lives and interactions of several characters in 19th century France
It charts French history between 1815 and the 1832 June Rebellion and follows the lives of several characters, focusing on the struggles of Jean Valjean after he is released from prison.
Valjean, portrayed on screen by Jackman, is hunted for decades by a tenacious policeman (Russell Crow) after he breaks parole. Valjean ends up caring for Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of a poverty-stricken factory worker Fantine (Hathaway).