April 13, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

Cry-Baby

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
85 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/06/90
performer
Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Polly Bergen, Willem Dafoe, Troy Donahue, Patricia Hearst, Joey Heatherton, Joe Dallesandro, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, Stephen Mailer, Iggy Pop, Mink Stole, Susan Tyrrell
director
John Waters
distributor
Universal
author
John Waters
genre
Comedy, Romance, Musical
We gave it a C+

In a loosey-goosey parody of Eisenhower-era rebel movies, John Waters reworks the same gleefully synthetic early rock & roll material he sent up in Hairspray — only here the satire is muted and scattershot. There are some funny moments, but this may be the first time the director’s scabrous, anarchic wit seems vaguely depressed.

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