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There seem to be two types of folks who detest "Cry-Baby;" those who
Waters sold out by making anything that cost more than $500 and didn't
include coprophagy, and those who insist that all movies be Art with a
I was well into my 20's when the movie first came out, not a fan of 21
Street, and no stranger to movies, including masterpieces and early John
Waters, but I LOVED it, and have caught the uncut version on USA network
quite a few times.
Cry-Baby is no Citizen Kane, and it's no Pink Flamingos, but, at risk of
being pretentious, I will say that its full of something that makes art:
Truth. Even in incredibly silly scenes, the movie is based in real and
emotions. John Waters' love for the fun parts of the 50's, (and hatred of
the status quo that obviously made his teen years a living hell) is all
Yes, scenes such as the orphanage are silly, but the cynicism of the
orphanage workers and the angst of the mother are as real as can be. The
silliness works because the John Waters BELIEVES in what he is saying, and
makes damn sure that his actors are with him!
All of the actors, from Johnny Depp who (as with all of his roles)
the character to Joe Dallesandro who barely can get his lines out, believe
in their characters.
"Cry-Baby" parodies 50's "Teen Rebel" musicals such as "Rock Around the
Clock" and "Don't Knock the Rock", but with obvious affection.
Yes, it's a musical. If you're one of those cynics who says things like
"But people DON'T just start singing in real life" don't see
Movies exist to give us a break from real life while mirroring it enough
be cathartic. Musicals and parodies take it one step further.
They're not diaries, they're not reality, they're MOVIES!
"Cry-Baby" is a lot of fun, and the soundtrack is terrific (and
"Hairspray"'s is even better!).
If you liked "Cry-Baby", I recommend "Hairspray" (not quite so silly, just
as sweet.) and "But I'm A Cheerleader," which is definitely
from its use of pink to its incredibly true emotions within very silly
If you didn't like Cry-Baby, how sad. You obviously missed
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