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''Cry-Baby'' is a 1990 film directed by Creator/JohnWaters. It tells the classic story of StarCrossedLovers [[TheIngenue "Square"]] Allison Vernon-Williams falls for Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker, leader of the local "drapes" in their small Maryland town and the upheaval their romance causes between the hillbilly drapes and the uptight squares. [[TheMusical Did we mention it's a musical?]]
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!!''Cry-Baby'' provides examples of:
* ActionDressRip: The motorcycle stunt at the end.
* AdaptationExpansion: The stage musical transforms Cry-Baby's would-be girlfriend [[ClingyJealousGirl Lenora]] into a bona-fide StalkerWithACrush. It also claims that Cry-Baby's parents were [[spoiler: sent to the electric chair for being suspected Communist spies]] and that [[spoiler: Allison's grandmother]] was responsible for it happening. It also includes scenes of Wanda, Pepper and Hatchet-Face in a girl's reform school, while Cry-Baby and [[SoulBrotha Dupree]] are in jail.
* AdrenalineMakeover: What the drapettes do for Allison. It mainly involves LettingHerHairDown, and giving her a pair of skin-tight pedal-pushers and a [[OfCorsetsSexy bustier top]].
* AffectionateParody: Of 1950s juvenile delinquent movies, and the {{jukebox musical}}s of the same time period.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Quoth Allison, "I am ''so'' tired of being good."
* BadassGrandma: Ramona Rickets and, eventually, Mrs. Vernon-Williams.
* BeAWhoreToGetYourMan: Averted, with Lenora, and Allison, who Cry-Baby thought was cute before her sexy makeover.
* {{Camp}}: Well, it ''is'' John Waters, after all.
* CarFu: The "chicken" showdown at the climax.
* CensoredForComedy: Invoked in the original theatrical release, as Waters was only allowed one F-word so as to not compromise the PG-13 rating. That one unbleeped instance turns into a CrowningMomentOfFunny:
-->'''Wanda:''' Would you just get me the f*** out of here?!
-->'''Mrs. Woodward:'''What's f*** mean, Hector?
-->'''Mr. Woodward:''' Oh, Meg, it's just a teen nonsense word Wanda uses to make herself feel all grown up.
-->'''Mrs. Woodward:''' Your Honor, can we take Wanda the ''fuck'' home?
** Said scene was restored in the director's cut.
* ChickMagnet: Cry-Baby, of course.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Both Allison and Cry-Baby; her parents were killed in [[DeusAngstMachina two different plane crashes]], while his father [[spoiler:was the Alphabet Bomber, and was executed in the electric chair, as well as his wife, when she tried to intervene on his behalf]].
** "Us orphans got special needs!"
* CrowdSong: The Whiffles' cross-town performance of the Bunny Hop, "Please Mr. Jailer" and "High School Hellcats".
* CutSong: "Chicken," sung by the Squares. Added as a bonus feature on the director's cut.
* DarkIsNotEvil / LightIsNotGood: The drapes and squares, respectively.
* {{Delinquents}}
* DrumBathing: We first see Iggy Pop bathing in a little metal tub in the yard - he cheerfully exclaims "Ya caught me in my birthday suit!"
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker never goes by his first name.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Well, more like White Cannot Comprehend Hip.
* FaceOfAThug: Mona, aka "Hatchet-Face".
* FelonyMisdemeanor:
** "Electricity makes me INSANE!"
** "Are you aware that Negroes were present at tonight's disturbance?"
* TheFifties
* FreudianExcuse: Cry-Baby has to do one rotten thing every day [[spoiler:to avenge his parents, both of whom died in the electric chair]].
* GenerationXerox: Cry-Baby's and Pepper's parents and grandparents could qualify for this. Milton's Straw Fundamentalist parents and Wanda's StepfordSmiler parents largely avert this.
* GetALoadOfThatSquare: Almost quoted word for word.
* GirlPosse: The Cry-Baby girls, to a degree.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The judge and Mrs. Vernon-Williams [[GetOutOfJailFreeCard let Cry-Baby and several of the other drapes out of jail at the end]].]] [[AlphaBitch Lenora]] also sides with the squares for a shot at redemption.
* [[IAmSong "I Am" Song]]: "King Cry-Baby", "High-School Hellcats".
* InformedAttribute: The Drapes' bad, evil ways. We hear that Hatchet-Face is so tough she coulda eaten nails for breakfast, that Pepper's pregnant but she fights as good as any man, that Milton is "Young, stupid and mean," and the song "High-School Hellcats" says that all of Cry-Baby's gang is "Friends of the devil, twice as mean," but we never see any evidence of this, except the way they dress.
* {{Jerkass}}: Allison's boyfriend, Baldwin.
* KickTheDog: Many "square" characters do this to Cry-Baby and the other drapes, but only Baldwin seems to get real joy out of it.
* LargeHam: Most of the cast, but especially Johnny Depp, particularly during his FreudianExcuse monologue.
* MadBomber: Wade "Cry Baby" Walker's father was the "Alphabet Bomber", who bombed buildings in alphabetical order. He got the electric chair.
* MakeOutPoint: There's one at Turkey Point, where Allison learns to French-kiss. In the stage play, the set-up is used at the backdrop for the tender ballad "Girl, Can I Kiss You (With Tongue)."
* TheNewRockAndRoll: The film's set in 1953, so it's not satanic yet, just trashy "race music".
* NonSingingVoice: James Intveld performed all the vocals for Johnny Depp, and Rachel Sweet did the same for Amy Locane.
* NothingButHits: Largely averted, except with the country club's talent show performances of "Teenage Prayer" and "Sh-Boom".
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Sort of: most of the squares are openly prejudiced against black people, but the drapes appear to have no problem with them.
* SadTimesMontage: "Teardrops are Falling" includes Allison drinking a jar full of her own tears.
* ScreenToStageAdaptation
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: Allison eventually develops into one of these. She remains more or less her sweet self, but now she's a delinquent's girlfriend, and more inclined to less conservative outfits.
* SeparatedByTheWall: Allison and Cry-Baby gyrate on opposite sides of the glass barrier in "Please, Mr. Jailer".
* ShoutOut
** Breaking Cry-Baby out of jail and Pepper's kids out of the orphanage pays tribute to ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''.
** Johnny Depp's performance also evokes a young Music/ElvisPresley.
* SingingSimlish: The stage musical's song "Baby Baby Baby Baby (Baby Baby)" parodies the scat-like lyrics in rockabilly music.
** "But I don't know the words!"
* SingleTear: The secret to Cry-Baby's sex appeal. Aside from being played by Johnny Depp, of course.
* SmokingIsCool: Played straight with Cry-Baby, but averted with Hatchet-Face's parents, one of whom [[{{Squick}} ends up in an iron lung]].
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''{{Hairspray}}''.
* SpinningNewspaper
* SpoiledSweet: Allison.
* StalkerWithACrush: Lenora. Made even more blatant in TheMusical.
* ThatNostalgiaShow
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Almost all the songs start like this, particularly in the second half.
* TropesAreNotBad
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: [[spoiler:Pepper keeps a switchblade in her bra]].
* VomitDiscretionShot: On one of the deleted scenes.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Pepper's son, Snare-Drum, and her daughter, Susie-Q.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Baldwin and the Whiffles' reactions to "colored" music and drapes, in general.
* WindowLove: "Please, Mr. Jailer", a song and dance number which the director says was inspired by peep shows and gloryholes.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Lenora pretends to be pregnant with Cry-Baby's child to split him and Allison up, and Baldwin does the same when harassing the drapes at Turkey Point: "They beat me and kicked me; all because I love you."
* YankTheDogsChain: The prison guards to the drapes.
* YouPutTheXInXY:
-->'''Ramona Rickettes:''' You put the T in tough!
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