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CRY BABY Traci Lords

It's almost impossible to believe, but there was once a time when John Waters nearly played by Hollywood rules. With 1988's "Hairspray" and its PG rating, Waters dialed down his interests in outrageousness while still preserving his love for the bizarre, making a dance movie the entire family could enjoy (a real event from the director of "Pink Flamingos"), though parents were more likely to understand the references. In 1990, Waters upped his game with "Cry-Baby," achieving the next level of studio acceptance with an ode to the juvenile delinquent pictures of the 1950s, blended with highlights from Elvis Presley's filmography. This PG-13 endeavor was met with yawn at the box office, but it showcases the very best of Waters's sense of humor and enthusiasm for details, crafting a loving parody of already goofy efforts, sold with high energy, big music, and cast delighted to frolic around the helmer's playground of the absurd. Read the rest at


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