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A prim and proper schoolgirl goes against her mother's wishes when she dates a motorcycle-riding juvenile delinquent.
"No, she's a scrape - part square, part drape. I think she's pretty."
Johnny Depp was on his way to becoming typecast as a teen idol when in 1990 he was given the opportunity to play two odd roles. One was his first collaboration with Tim Burton in Edward Scissorhands which remains one of his most iconic characters to date, and the other an often forgotten and overlooked musical comedy directed by the eccentric John Waters. This was my introduction to his particular brand of filmmaking and I had a fun time with it. Clocking in at under 75 minutes the film knows when the humor is running out of steam and manages to end before the novelty begins to…
You show me someone who doesn't like this movie and I'll show you... uhhh, umm... my middle finger.
...but not really. That would be rude.
Johnny Depp standing on the shores of a burning ocean of garbage with a single tear running down his cheek. Only you can prevent.
There's nothing the matter with my face. I got character!
John Waters might be an acquired taste but there's no arguing that the man has a unique vision and uncompromising style. I almost think he simply makes films that he would enjoy watching himself while giving little regard to what appeals to the masses.
Here he lampoons the teen rebel films of the 50s resulting in what I imagine an Elvis Presley film would look like if directed by a man on acid. Not that I think Waters was on acid, I simply think this is actually what he finds entertaining when he is stone cold sober.
Unlike what most people think, Johnny Depp's first foray into the cinematically…
John Waters' "Cry-Baby" is a light-weight musical comedy that falls somewhere in the middle of the director's weird-to-accessible continuum. Exhibiting some of Waters' token bizarro-Baltimore elements along side minor commercial sensibilities, the film skewers 1950s teen-centric entertainments while registering as a mildly enjoyable and quirky piece of work.
Taking place in the late 1950s, "Cry-Baby" follows a Romeo vs. Juliet-esque romance taking place between John Depp's cool and dangerous member of Baltimore's cool and dangerous drapes and Amy Locane's wholesome square. In between the musical numbers and the film's blend of satire and small-scale social commentary, Waters casts a strange, and for students of Waters, recognizable spell.
That narrative spell is supported by a solid production. Depp and Locane are…
¿La mejor peli de Waters? ¿El Depp más molón de la vida? ¿Traci Lords? ¿Iggy Pop?
Una peli que se folla a los Rebeldes de Coppola por todos sus orificios. Inolvidable popada.
Oh boy that tear drop!
please disappears forever and not come back
The perfect John Waters film. Rebel Without a Cause meets Deliverance? Who knows. It's bloody brilliant whatever the case and Traci Lords is just a delight on the eyes.
I've always found John Waters's career slightly odd. He went from directing some of the most extreme black comedies I have ever seen, then went on to make two PG-musicals and afterwards Waters directed a few regular R-rated comedies. Let's say, he never found his way back to what he became famous for. I think that shows how the industry changed rather than Waters himself. Watching a modern-day Pink Flamingos (A Dirty Shame) just wasn't near as fun. One can't make such a white trash (excuse me for my language) film these days.
Cry-Baby may be his most famous film. I recently saw an old European VHS copy of Hairspray, with the text "from John Polyester Waters, the director of…
Grease with a screw loose. Not as fun or demented as I was hoping though.
The story centers on a group of delinquents who 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.
Drapes are people, too.
The best thing Johnny Depp has ever done.
It's my favourite John Waters movie, because I can introduce him to people through this, then show them Pink Flamingos and watch make faces that would put Hatchet Face to shame.
Musical numbers are awesome, Traci Lords is a bad ass and Iggy Pop plays the best movie grandad ever.
It's just a lot of fun...I don't have to explain myself to you.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…