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"K-12" is a theatrical film released onSeptember 6th, 2019, directed and written by Melanie Martinez. It premiered in Los Angeles on September 3rd and was shown in selected theaters for one day only on September 5th. It was also premiered on YouTube on September 6th alongside a Q&A session.

The film is also in part a musical, with some scenes devolving into musical numbers for her second studio album, K-12.



  1. "Wheels on the Bus"
  2. "Class Fight"
  3. "The Principal"
  4. "Show & Tell"
  5. "Nurse's Office"
  6. "Drama Club"
  7. "Strawberry Shortcake"
  8. "Lunchbox Friends"
  9. "Orange Juice"
  10. "Detention"
  11. "Teacher's Pet"
  12. "High School Sweethearts"
  13. "Recess"

Tropes related to the album and film K-12:

  • Alpha Bitch: Kelly, the girl who bullies Crybaby in the film. Unfortunately for her, her clique abandons her by the end of the film.
  • Ax-Crazy: Crybaby, of course, as well as various kids at the school and her friend Angelita.
  • Big Bad: The principals son Leo ends up becoming this by the end of the film.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Crybaby saves Angelita before she can be dissected by their teacher.
  • Boarding School of Horrors: The sleepaway school K-12.
  • Continuity Nod: Being a continuation of Crybaby’s story, this is expected. In one scene, Crybaby’s best friend Angelita urges her to call her mother for advice on what to do about the bully onto to respond that her mother is probably passed out from drinking to answer.
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  • Crapsaccharine World: It takes place in Crybaby’s universe, so this is expected.
  • Creepy Doll: The doll from the “Show & Tell” segment, which turns out to be what the teacher turned Crybaby into. She’s changed back by Angelita by the next scene.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After setting the students free, Crybaby and Ben surround the school in a spit bubble causing it to float away and poof out of existence. Lilith appears to take them all home. However, when asked if Crybaby is going to come along, she hesitates and the movie ends on a cliffhanger.
  • False Friend: To the theme of “Lunchbox Friends”, Kelly attempts to make Crybaby join her clique only for Crybaby to tell them she doesn’t want fake friends and ends up befriending the lone Magnolia instead.
  • Girl Posse: Kelly and her group of friends are this until they abandon her at the end of the film.
  • High-School Sweethearts: The song “High School Sweethearts” alludes to this.
  • Love Letter: Ben slips one into Crybaby's locker. The principals son Leo takes advantage of the love letter, using it to trick Crybaby into attending the dance instead of following through with her plan to burn down the school.
  • Magical Guide: Lilith appears to be this.
  • Off to Boarding School: The film starts with Crybaby preparing to leave for her first day at K-12 sleepaway school.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The uniform at K-12 enforces this. Crybaby dyes hers purple before the first day.
  • Sadist Teacher: K-12 seems to have plenty of them.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: One boy in Crybaby's drama class scorns her request for a "less domestic" role, saying that "her kind" is too soft and sensitive. Crybaby responds that the ability to feel emotion is what makes her superior to his kind, leaving him speechless.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: To the theme of “Teacher’s Pet”, Crybaby’s best friend Angelita has one with their teacher. It ends badly for the teacher.
  • Take That!: According to Word of God, the song “The Principal” is a thinly veiled one to Donald Trump. “Show and Tell” also seems to be one directed at her less pleasant fans.
  • Teacher's Pet: A song that appears in the film, presumably describing the dynamic between Angelita and her teacher before she kills him for his attempt to dissect her.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Crybaby, in between her debut and this, manages to gain some sort of power (presumably from Lilith) that borders on low-level reality warping.
  • Vague Age: All of the characters in the movie.

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