How's this for breaking stereotypes: my friend is 100% a ESTJ but she cries during every movie we have ever watched, even when we went to see Moana !
That is pretty stereotype breaking and also kind of adorable.
I actually find it way easier to cry at movies than at life, and before I knew about MBTI I articulated it in a really Te-user way, in that I can’t do anything to help the situation of the characters onscreen, but if something terrible happens in my actual life my first reaction is “what action can I take.” Which means that unless it’s in response to something where I truly can’t do anything (like…death or something) I tend to hold off on the crying until I’m somewhere private and have the time to deal with feelings.
Also as a much simpler reason, movies tend to optimize the emotion, which is good - it’s what they’re supposed to do - but it means that it’s easier to get sucked into it because there’s this perfect soundtrack and cinematography and no awkward distractions and real-life stuff. And finally, the nice thing about movies, especially for people with not-so-great Fi, is that you’re encouraged to relate to the characters because they’re not real and so you’re not forcing yourself into this situation and saying “oh yes, your pain is just like my pain, let’s make it about me”.