Irresistible bad boy, ‘Cry-Baby’, posseses the ability to drive all the girls wild when he cries one single tear. Prim and proper schoolgirl, Allison, is mesmerised by the tear-shedding delinquent’s world of leather, rockabilly music and fast cars.
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The discovery as a boy of the VHS cassette of CRY-BABY in the collection of the young snot-nosed daughter of a family in whose house I was a bored visitor w/ time on his hands, and the exceedingly low expectations I had regarding this cassette w/ the nauseatingly pretty Johnny Depp on the cover, led me to the revelatory discovery of John Waters. In such ways are young lives shaped and profitably modified.
This is John Waters's best film, which isn't necessarily saying much, but it really does stand out with how imaginative and funny it is, how it pokes fun at conformity without trying as hard as his other films, and maintains just the right amount of cheesiness.
A great, funny, disrespectful and trashy homage to the 1950s, full of crazy ideas, songs and situations. Not to be taken too seriously... One of my favorite phrases: „Let’s all put on a folk hat and learn something about a foreign culture.“
Willem Dafoe's lone scene made the whole movie worth it. But seriously, this is a very fun, if perhaps not quite edgy enough comedy from John Waters. The fact that it is a musical is what makes this so enjoyable. The music and soundtrack is just wonderful. Once again, the acting is excellent and very comedic (Depp is fun to watch under Water's direction!) and camp is good and thick. A very good later Waters effort.
I just saw it again and I could see it once more right away! Love it, love it and love it some more. I'm so tired of being good! It's not like any other John Waters' movie and it's awesome! Bring back this cast and one young Johnny Depp.