Able to only cry a single tear, Cry-Baby makes all the girls go wild though the only one he wants is “square” Allison Vernon-Williams (Amy Locane).
Unfortunately, Cry-Baby ends up in jail after being falsely accused of starting a riot by Allison’s boyfriend.
One Saturday morning detention brings together five high-school archetypes: a Jock, a Nerd, a Princess, a Rebel and a Freak.
The five gradually begin to share parts of their ordinarily segregated lives, and realise that they are not so different after all.
Based on the 1962 novel by Anthony Burgess, “A Clockwork Orange” is a towering work of philosophical cinema; a social treatise which only grows more prescient with every passing decade.
With song titles like “Doin’ Time for Bein’ Young” and “High School Hellcats,” and a cast including Waters-ian oddballs Traci Lords and Patty Hearst, “Cry-Baby” is a masterful, tongue-in-cheek homage to the 1950s teen rebel as only John Waters could make it.
Depp took the role of Cry-Baby to rebel against the Hollywood machine and being pigeonholed as a mainstream teen heartthrob.
The second is a little less wistful: Harmony Korine‘s “Spring Breakers,” starring Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez and Rachel Korine as four co-eds who head to Florida on spring break, fall in with a drug dealer (James Franco) and leave their old lives behind.
The two couldn’t be further apart in content or execution, but they’re both very much worth checking out (have a look at our reviews of “Ginger & Rosa,” and “Spring Breakers”), and both show the continuing popularity of teenage rebellion as a cinematic subject matter.