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.
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.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars. While I laughed out loud at a few points (Traci Lords' parents namely) ultimately I'm just left with the bad taste in my mouth that only the nonsensical and chaotic final act of a John Waters movie can deliver. Yes its silly, campy and completely ridiculous but it just sort of wore out its welcome about an hour in. Fun trash regardless.
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.
"Oh well Waters used to be so subversive and look now how mainstream he is". i actually find it more exciting to dynamite Hollywood from inside with a larger audience and still be able to be oneself. This one is brillant, quite political, and still fun and way over the top. The scene where they shop for orphans ! The Jail bit ! Highly influencial.
This was pretty average except for "Please Mr. Jailer" , which I found to be especially brilliant (by far my favourite scene from a musical). John Waters is an auteur for sure, funny thing is that you can't accuse him of delivering shit (unless you're Divine hahaha) even when he fails.He's a master of kitsch afterall
“Cry-Baby” combines one part “Grease”, one part “Rebel Without a Cause” and a lot of B-movie camp to give us one of the zaniest, tackiest and most hilarious musical romps ever put on film. It contains foul humour, characters and musical numbers that would make Divine proud. If you don’t find “Cry-Baby” even a tad enjoyable, you’re clearly a total square.