Cry-baby

Cry-baby

DVD - 1989
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A spoof of and homage to 1950s teen rock melodramas. Cry Baby is a rebel with a gang of rough friends. Allison is the straight-laced girl who falls for him. Loaded with never-before-seen extras.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c1989
Edition: Director's cut
ISBN: 9780783267876
0783267878
Branch Call Number: CRY
Characteristics: 1 dvd (92 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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Cherry_9822000
Oct 26, 2014

this is a good movie its the best

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ManMachine
Aug 03, 2014

At this point in time (1990), after John Waters had now been a film director for 20 years, I still found his overall approach to film-making to be that of a childish amateur.

Cry-Baby's story was so annoyingly erratic, frenzied and hyper-active throughout, that I swear it was directed by someone who didn't have a helluva clue as to what they were doing.

With its story set in Waters' own hometown of Baltimore (in 1954) - Here Waters seemed to gleefully portray all of this town's citizens as being thoroughly unlikable (be they from the wrong side of the tracks, or not). And, with that, I'm quite convinced that he must totally loathe Baltimore (where he grew up) with a venomous passion.

Far from being a fond, nostalgic look back at the early 1950s, Cry-Baby's mean-minded story was chock full of malice, spite and vicious mockery (all in the name of amusement, of course).

From what I gathered by the very limited personality-types who prevailed in the story, Waters was making it crystal-clear to me that he thought the only real "cool" people were stark-raving arseholes (like himself, I guess).

With its completely unfunny, white-trash mentality, its non-stop over-acting, and its uninspired & badly-staged musical numbers, I was quite pleased to read that upon its initial, 1990 release, Cry-Baby flopped at the box-office, big-time. (Hooray for that!)

And, finally - When it came down to Depp's tiresome, pretty-boy role as this film's title character (yawn!), in my opinion, it was a blah sort of performance that wasn't even worth any special notice.

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poodlegirl
Jul 08, 2014

John Waters or not, this movie was ridiculous. I LOVE Johnny Depp and have never seen a movie of his I didn't just love. He's the master of dry humor. However, I only watched about half of this film and couldn't make it to the end.

Bellabaker86 Jul 31, 2013

If you love a 1954 Clique Teeny Bopper musicals and Johnny Depp, then you will love this musical. The Songs are interesting and catchy.

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kclaura2003
Jun 25, 2013

Dumb movie and yes, I know it is supposed to be a parody. But it was so ridiculous I had to turn it off half way through. Skip this one.

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pronto1961
Mar 06, 2013

a john waters film that has johnny depp, traci lords and iggy pop. what more can one ask for?

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KASSIE13
Oct 06, 2011

if you like johnny depp you will love crybaby

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

If you like John Waters and musicals you will love this movie. I'm not a huge fan of this film as I don't much care for John Waters weirdness. But it's worth checking out as it is a good way to kill some time.

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fregglover
Dec 21, 2010

This movie is wonderful for all the wrong reasons. The songs are bad, the acting is worse. But, it's John Waters, so you know that it's going to be wonderful to watch. And it is. There are so many quotable moments in this film, including a scene where Johnny Depp, fresh from 21 Jump Street, has a passionate monologue about how much he hates electricity. You know you wanna watch it.

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mariednguyen
Sep 27, 2013

The film is a parody of teen musicals (particularly Grease) and centers on a group of delinquents that refer to themselves as "drapes" and their interaction with the rest of the town and its other subculture, the "squares", in 1950s Baltimore, Maryland. "Cry-Baby" Walker, a drape, and Allison, a square, create upheaval and turmoil in their little town of Baltimore by breaking the subculture taboos and falling in love. The film shows what the young couple has to overcome to be together and how their actions affect the rest of the town.

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

Allison is a "square" good girl who has decided she wants to be bad and falls hard for Cry-Baby Walker, a Greaser (or "Drape" in John Waters parlance). Spoofing Elvis movies and Juvenile Delinquency scare films of the '50s, this movie follows the adventures of Cry-Baby who, though he is sent to juvie, is determined to cross class (and taste) boundaries to get Allison back

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

[Allison stops Cry-Baby from fondling her]
Allison: I wanna let you, but I can't, for my parent's sake, Cry-Baby. They're both dead. I'm an orphan!
Cry-Baby: I'm sorry, Allison. But no wonder we're together, honey. I'm an orphan, too.
Allison: You are?
Cry-Baby: Yes! And orphans have special needs.
Allison: Just on the outside of the shirt, okay?

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

The Judge: By the way, that's a shame about your face.
Hatchet-Face: There's nothing the matter with my face. I got character!

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 06, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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