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Two Tuesdays: Cry-Baby (1990)

In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge. (PG-13, 85 min.)


Tuesday, June 25, 2024

7:00 PM

Discover cinematic connections with Two Tuesdays—a curated film series pairing related movies on the last two Tuesdays of the month. This series is Free for Members.
June 18: Hairspray (1988)
June 25: Cry-Baby (1990)

Eisenhower is President. Rock 'n' Roll is king. And Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the baddest hood in his high school. Johnny Depp heads up a supercool cast as the irresistible bad boy whose amazing ability to shed one single tear drives all the girls wild - especially Allison Vernon Williams (Amy Locane), a rich, beautiful "square" who finds herself uncontrollably drawn to the dreamy juvenile delinquent and his forbidden world of rockabilly music, fast cars and faster women. It's the hysterical high-throttle world of 1954 in director John Waters' outrageous musical comedy. [Amazon]

Starring: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane
Director: John Waters
Genre(s): Comedy, Musical

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"Waters' finest film to date, a worthy successor to Hairspray which exudes teen angst and young lust from every pore."

— Mark Kermode, Time Out

"In fact, the movie is so good- humored that it stands in marked contrast to almost every other mainstream American film out now. [2022]"

— Henry Sheehan, Chicago Reader

"It all adds up to zany, wide-eyed, quintessential Waters havoc -- the 'kinder, gentler' 1990s brand, perhaps. But the genuine article, nonetheless."

— Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times

"John Waters' mischievous satire of the teen exploitation genre is entertaining as a rude joyride through another era, full of great clothes and hairdos."

— Staff, Variety

"I don't quite know how Waters did it (and I have absolutely no idea why he did it), but the fact that Cry-Baby is fun suggests that the filmmaker possesses an instinctive understanding of what made those Elvis pictures so successful in the first place."

— Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

"The costumes by Van Smith and sets by Vincent Peranio (two key Dreamlanders) yield an otherworldly period aesthetic. Johnny Depp sneers and swaggers, brandishing his lithe beauty for the sake of Waters' fervid melodrama. Following on the heels of Hairspray—but with Divine now tangibly absent—this is another utopian musical, its pop kitsch easing the enmity between these Baltimorean Capulets and Montagues."

— Alice Stoehr