Director: John Waters
Stars: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell, Iggy Pop, Traci Lords, Stephen Mailer, Troy Donahue, Mink Stole, Joe Dallesandro, David Nelson, Patricia Hearst, Willem Dafoe
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.
John Waters makes a musical. That is what this movie is singing and dancing, but not in the way you are thinking. This is John Waters after all. He is not going to do a movie stage production like they did in the 1940's, but later this movie did become a staged musical. I am going to review the movie and nothing else.
Waters made another movie that looks like it was taken out of the 1950's. He lived that era, so he is very familiar with it. The houses, clothes, cars and even the makeup was spot on for that time. You almost feel that you are in that decade.
The cast is the best are of the whole movie. Johnny Depp was not a big movie star when he did this movie. He was just starting out. He was great in this movie. This was when he was still great. Ricki Lake came back to play his sister in the movie who is knocked up. This was Traci Lords first non porn movie to be in. She was great in it. David Nelson and Patricia Hearst are her parents in the movie. Somehow Waters got Iggy Pop to be in this movie. The cast was incredible, and they all did a great job.
Listen for all of the great movies that is played throughout the whole movie. It is wonderful, truly. Waters made another movie showing a different side of American culture and society. These are the areas that the news or popular magazines at the time showed you, but he goes back in history to pull those skeletons out of the closet. Enjoy.
Cry-Baby (1990) Trailer