Cry Baby (1990) 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… 1990-04-06 PG-13 PT85M Comedy Musical Romance 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 Universal
Movie Review

Cry Baby (1990)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Apr 06, 1990; Rated: PG-13; Length: 85 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance; With: Johnny Depp and Amy Locane; Distributor: Universal

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.

Originally posted Apr 13, 1990 Published in issue #9 Apr 13, 1990 Order article reprints