(7,103)6.51 h 24 min1990X-RayPG-13
Clean-cut 'squares' face off against hoodlum 'drapes' in this hilarious send-up of 1950s teen flicks - juvenile delinquents, straight-faced craziness, and cool musical numbers. Directed by John Waters.
John Waters
Johnny DeppAmy LocaneSusan Tyrrell
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Polly BergenIggy PopRicki LakeTraci LordsKim McGuireDarren E. BurrowsWillem Dafoe
Rachel Talalay
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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LutzMomReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Could hardly be worse
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What was that???? Too insipid and over-acted to be a drama, but too lacking in humor to be a farce. Sure Johnny Depp is hot, but then he opens his mouth to spout such exaggerated, archetypical lines that all respect for the actor he has become goes out the window. There is not even one character who is realistic to anchor the movie. Everyone and every situation is over the top. Sorry, but I couldn't even finish this movie. I could have endured waterboarding more than this!
24 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
John Waters critique of 50s conformity
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Cry Baby is a John Waters satire of 1950s Rock N Roll films. It pits the squares against the juvenile delinquents in Baltimore. The story focuses upon Cry Baby (Johnny Depp) falling for a square named Allison (Amy Locane). Waters always liked highlighting the losers, the rejects, the outcasts, and this was no different.

The film goes through all your usual tropes of this genre. There’s Rock N Roll, fights, prison, and musical bits where the entire cast busts out in song.

Waters also had a social conscience. He had the delinquents being friends with African Americans. This was a subtle poke at the racist and segregated America of the 1950s which is when the film takes place.

The whole movie is told with a tongue in cheek attitude. For instance, the first time Cry Baby is with Allison he tells her to “Kiss him hard.” To which she asks, “Will I get mononucleosis?”

It really is a blast.
12 people found this helpful
SusanReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must see
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Best kept secret in my opinion. Not many people seem to have ever heard of the movie. One of my all time favorites and the fact Jonny is in it only adds to it lol 😝 I know I have watched the movie way to many times when I can go around reciting scenes from the movie. Lol I bought this copy for my soon to be sister-in-law for Christmas she loved it.
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KaseyGReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Follow-Up to Hairspray
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This is probably one of John Waters’ tamest movies, so fans of HAIRSPRAY will find lots to enjoy here. For older viewers, the cameos are delightful and include Patty Hearst, Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton, Joe D’Allesandro, David Nelson as well as original Dreamlanders Mink Stole and Mary Vivian Pierce.

Spoofing the 1950s teenage delinquent films with a musical twist, CRY BABY satisfies on all levels, as a parody, a musical, an homage.

The Bonus Features give us some great interviews with the cast but Amy Locane seems to give off the vibe of being an outsider and not really wanting to be there, and Johnny Depp seems positively sedate.

Not one of my favorite Waters films (I prefer the earlier, trashy ones) but still a fun view that holds up on repeated viewings. This review is for the 2005 release by Universal.
29 people found this helpful
MissyReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
terrible movie
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holy crap! this was terrible. the acting, plot - everything.
only plus is the graphics and props were pretty good for the time frame that this movie was made.
painful to watch
16 people found this helpful
ErickaLovesJReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A poignant and hilarious love story. Jim Stark has nothing on Cry Baby.
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I love this movie. I hadn’t seen it in around 20 years. I watched it with my 79 year old mom and she loved it too. Cry Baby is adorable! John Waters is highly underrated. This film is classic. Johnny Depp is amazing. The entire cast was wonderful. Watch it!
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"Tony"Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Silly and funny musical full of little quotes and scenes that stick ...
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Silly and funny musical full of little quotes and scenes that stick with you for a long time. It is absurd, totally made-up, and in some ways offensive, yet still knows how to be fun.
11 people found this helpful
Ann-Marie PopeReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Johnny Depp, what more is there?
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If you have never seen this movie then you are missing out. It is so corny and wonderful! Johnny Depp is smoking hot and it’s one of those movies you can’t help but to love.
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