Twitter can be full of hate, politics, comedy, news, family, friends, but more importantly… Fish Tanks. As a lover of films and television, my twitter feed is filled with tons of fun accounts dedicated to that subject. Nicknamed, Film Twitter.
One of the most bizarre, and intriguing accounts on Film Twitter is, Is There A Fish Tank In That Film? An account that posts a different film that has a fish tank in it, every single day. Some times several times a day. Surely they have ran out of movies with fish tanks… right?
Wrong. It seems that fish tanks are more common in movies than you would have thought. In only three months, ITAFTITF has highlighted over 200 different films that have a fish tank somewhere in it.
Not only do they tell you what the film is, but they also include a picture of the fish tank in the film. Ever since I started following the account, I have started noticing all of the fish tanks that they have shown me in classic movies. Such as the one in E.T. (pictured above)
A relatively small account, having only being created in July of 2020, Is There A Fish Tank In That Film should definitely be your next twitter follow. Every day I get excited to see what fish tank is going to be next.
Not only is this a great account to find all of the fish tanks of film, but it also makes a great place to find film recommendations for a night in. Make sure you go and give them a follow by clicking here.
What do you think about ITAFTITF? Did you realize how many fish tanks there really were? What is your personal favorite account on Film Twitter? Tell us about it!
Adam Sandler’s latest collaboration with Netflix is a halloween-comedy focused around a very Sandler character named Hubie Dubois. Hubie is the town moron, who goes around with a “Swiss Army Thermos” in order to keep everyone safe. Usually this means just harassing the police about petty misdemeanors made by teenagers.
Being constantly abused and bullied, Hubie has all of the makings of a classic Sandler protagonist, right down to the strange, silly baby voice.
Hubie’s favorite night of the year is Halloween. Which is strange due to how easily he gets scared (See: Screaming in terror over a kid in a Frankenstein mask.) Hubie sees it as his responsibility to keep the whole town safe on the scariest night of the year.
After a mental patient escapes from the asylum, a werewolf is seen running around, and people are disappearing. It’s up to Hubie Dubois to save the day!
The movie is actually a ton of fun. Even though Sandler’s baby talking voice can be pretty annoying and hard to hear at times, Sandler is genuinely really funny. The physical comedy that he pulls off is hysterical, and he even has some really solid one liners that cracked me up.
It also doesn’t hurt that they pulled out an all star cast. Consisting of a plethora of SNL cast members (former and current) as well as some big former Disney stars like China Anne McClain and Karan Brar.
It has all of Sandler’s usual film buddies, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi. As well as some other big names like Noah Schnapp, Ben Stiller, and even Shaquille O’Neal.
The cast is absolutely hilarious, and everyone lands at least one solid joke. Don’t even get me started on Steve Buscemi, who steals the show every time he is on screen. The comedy chemistry between this wide array of stars old and young makes this film a must watch for the entire family.
Usually I would talk about how the story lacked a bit of substance, but to be honest it was a simple plot that helped move along the really strange and goofy comedy. If it was too complicated it would have taken away from the humor.
The movie is really really weird. If you try to take it too seriously then you aren’t going to like it. But if you want to see things like Adam Sandler getting sent flying through the air and hit a tree, catch flying eggs in a thermos, and then use the same thermos as a grappling hook; then this is the movie for you.
It’s PG-13 rating suits it well. It’s silly enough for the kids to enjoy, while having enough adult humor for teenagers and parents. I personally really enjoyed watching this movie, and I can see it becoming a fun one to watch every October.
What did you guys think about the movie? Is it going to become a Halloween favorite? Tell us about it!
Enola Holmes was one of the more anticipated Netflix films as of late. The trailer had Sherlock Holmes’ fans very excited to see not only a new take on the iconic detective novels, but also a new Sherlock himself.
The film was released on Netflix on September 23, 2020 and quickly shot up the Netflix Top 10 list. I watched the film and well, I don’t think it was quite what I had hoped it to be.
The film is about Enola Holmes, the little sister of Sherlock and Mycroft. After their mother disappears, leaving young Enola all by herself, Mycroft takes her in as his ward.
Mycroft is played by Sam Claflin, and he does a fantastic job of playing Sherlock Holmes’ brother. A very proper english gentleman, who believes deeply in the government, and that men should be the ones leading it.
He plays Mycroft as not an evil man, as some versions of the character come across as, but as a politician. A man who is stuck in his ways. He believes that Enola should be a proper woman, wearing proper clothes, and marry a man to take care of her.
Forcing her into a very un-feminist, girl’s training school, Mycroft comes across as a prick. Making him very unlikable, but not evil. He is very much the least likable of the Holmes’ family and I think this version of Mycroft is very accurate to the character portrayed in the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
After Enola evades Mycroft and goes on the run, she meets a young man of English royalty named Tewkesbury. Who we know immediately is going to be Enola’s love interest. We get to watch the two of them grow closer throughout the film, and the film very quickly shifts plots.
No longer is the film about Enola finding her mother, but now it’s about saving her new friend Tewkesbury from the assassination attempts being made on him. All while trying to evade her brothers.
Sherlock obviously finds her, and they have a nice moment where they talk in detail about their relationship. Sherlock is enamored by Enola and very impressed with her. This version of Sherlock is being played by Henry Cavill.
Henry Cavill very slickly has tossed his name into the “Who is the best Sherlock” conversation. Playing a more quiet, calm, sophisticated version of the character as opposed to the versions played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downy Jr.
Cavill plays Holmes as very soft-spoken and kind. You can feel the lack of emotion and empathy that is famous of the character, but instead of being a sociopath, he just comes across as a man who focuses on facts rather than emotion.
Any time that we see Sherlock, either with Enola or on his own, is a highlight of the film. Hopefully we will get to see more of Cavill as Sherlock Holmes.
Enola and Tewkesbury take turns saving each other until finally we have the big reveal. The person behind the assassination attempts was Tewkesbury’s own grandmother. All of it being a ploy to keep the young man from voting against her political ideals in the upcoming vote.
If the review seems a bit underwhelming, it’s because it is. The film is a lot of fun to watch, due to the great characters, creative fourth wall breaking, and a nice look into old timey London.
However, when it comes to story, it lacks a lot of substance. The film does not stay on track long enough for us to even realize what we are supposed to be caring about. First we think that finding her mother is the most important thing. Then we totally forget about the mother and are worried about politics and the assasination of a young man.
Add in the combination of a rivalry with the headmistress of the school, and her relationship with her brothers, and it just becomes to much to juggle. The film is something that a younger audience will surely adore however.
With a plot that is complex enough to keep them interested, while being simple enough to follow. The younger audience doesn’t really know or care about the pacing and timing of a story, so they probably won’t even notice the lackluster parts of the film.
Overall, I think the film was fun to watch. I know I’ve said that a few times now, but it’s the best way to really describe it…fun. Millie Bobby Brown does a fantastic job of bringing to life the younger sister in the Holmes’ family.
Showing off how intelligent, strong, and extraordinary the character is; all while showing the struggles that come from being a teenager. Her performance is truly believable as a young woman who could step up to solve mysteries along side her famous brother, or even alone.
In fact, one of the highlights of the film is at the end. When Sherlock visits Inspector Lestrade to tell him that he had completely solved the mystery. Just for Lestrade to humor him, until informing him that Enola had already solved it.
With a smug grin, and a “Ha!” Sherlock ends the film showing just how proud of Enola he is. Maybe this could lead to a sequel where instead of a Dr. Watson, we see Sherlock solve a major mystery along side his little sister.
At the end of the day, this is not a movie that I will be watching over and over again. However, I am hopeful that it will bring about a sequel or even an entire franchise where we can dive more into this version of Sherlock Holmes.
The hype for ‘The Devil All The Time’, the latest Netflix film starring Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, and Bill Skarsgard; has been huge ever since the release of the trailer last month.
The star studded cast taking on the southern story based on the book of the same name, was so intriguing to most, especially since a majority of the cast was not actually American, let alone southern.
In fact, eight of the thirteen main cast members are from other countries. That includes, Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Robert Pattinson, Jason Clark, and Eliza Scanlen; who make up a majority of the screen time.
One of the things that got everyone so interested after seeing the trailer was the southern accents that all of the cast members used. It came across almost silly at first watch. As someone from the south, I heard tons of people around me say
“Do they think that’s what southern people sound like?” And to answer their question, yes. And they nailed it.
While watching the film, you completely forget all about the fact that these are your favorite actors. They no longer were Spider-Man, Pennywise the Clown, and Edward. They became Arvin Russel, Willard Russel, and the despicable Reverend Preston.
The film is unique in the fact that it trades off main characters throughout, all being tied together by the narrator Donald Ray Pollock, who is the original author of the book.
The film starts following the story of Willard Russel, a man haunted by the war who on his return back home, meets a woman and falls in love. They have a son named Arvin, and everything seems really good.
While we are watching the nice family life of the Russels, we meet the extreme pastor Roy Laferty. Who after demonstrating that God has his back by pouring live spiders all over him, marries a nice girl named Helen Hatton. They have a child and everything seems really good. (See the pattern?)
Roy becomes more and more deranged until he finally snaps, thinking that God has given him the powers to resurrect the dead. He tries to prove this, by stabbing his wife in the neck.
Turns out, God did not give him the power to resurrect the dead. Who would have thought?
He hides the body and tries to get back home to see his daughter, but gets kidnapped by serial killer, husband and wife duo, Carl and Sandy. Roy becomes one of the several victims that Carl forces to sleep with his wife, photographs, and then murders.
That leaves Roy and Helen’s daughter Lenora in the custody of their close friend and neighbor, Emma Russel, Willard’s mother.
We snap back into the nice little home of Willard, his wife, and his now nine year old son Arvin. Everything is going quite nicely, Willard is a good father, Arvin is a good kid, it’s a great life for the family.
That is until Willard’s wife gets cancer and sends Willard over the edge. After some pretty disgusting, terrible, and tragic events, (See: Crucified Family Dog), the film shifts its focus to the now grown, orphaned Arvin.
After the death of his parents, Arvin is now in the custody of his grandmother, Emma. Not only did he gain a new maternal figure, but he also gained a sister. The also orphaned Lenora.
They are as close as sibling get, they did everything together. Arvin would get into fights with the boys who picked on his sister, and sit with her at her mothers grave every day after school.
Then the towns pastor has to go away on some business, and in his place, his nephew Reverend Preston takes over.
Reverend Preston is Robert Pattinson’s latest amazing performance. Playing the role of southern despicable human, and southern amazing preacher, with such believability that I almost forgot that I was looking at the new Batman!
Everything he says makes you want to punch him in the face, and that only escalates after he manipulates Lenora into sleeping with him. He gets her pregnant, then tells her that she should just find a way to get rid of the baby. Which in turn, causes her death.
With his sister now dead, we watch Arvin take on revenge like an old friend, as he visits the Reverend in the church. After an incredible scene between Holland and Pattinson, that kick starts with the line
“Excuse me, Preacher. You got time for a sinner?”
Phew. Gives me chills. The rest of the film follows Arvin on the run from the law, running into our favorite serial killer spouses, and eventually the police.
The film ends open ended, just like the novel. With Arvin hitchhiking, contemplating about his future. After everything he has been through, seeing him fall asleep in a strangers car made me nervous that something bad was going to happen, but alas we will never know.
Tom Holland’s performance was superb throughout the entire film, showing that he has the range to be more than just a Marvel hero. His complete dive into the southern accent, complex anger issues, and fight scenes; show how great of an actor he really is.
The moment when he is at a standstill with Sandy, begging her to put her gun down, was the perfect example of how great Holland really is. When Sandy pulls the trigger first, and Holland shoots his gun in panic, the look on his face was so genuine that it stuck in my head even a day later as I’m writing this.
Holland isn’t the only acting masterclass in this film, Bill Skarsgard gives such a great performance as the war vet who is driven insane. That his switch from attractive, wholesome family man, to deranged christian is not only so fun to watch, but is so organic.
Not to be out-acted, Robert Pattinson’s performance as the evil Reverend, cannot be spoken about enough. Already known as an amazing character actor, he takes the extra step to disguise himself in the role. With the year he is having, there is no doubt he will be known as one of the greatest of our generation for decades to come.
The hidden gem of the entire film is the performance of Riley Keough as Sandy. The way that she shows the fall from grace of an attractive young woman into the depressed, abused woman that her husband turns her into, is phenomenal.
There is a sadness in her eyes, as she is forced to take part in the serial killing again and again, all the way until she is forced to pull the trigger herself. Leading to her death. Keough does an absolute amazing job playing a character of such deep trauma and abuse.
The entire film is filled with amazing performances, even smaller roles like Roy Laferty, played by Harry Melling (Dudley from Harry Potter), are so in depth and entertaining, that I find myself not able to remember one thing that I didn’t like.
Surely, the film has it’s issues, but I was so distracted by the amazing characters that these actors and actresses brought to life. As well as the phenomenal script which gave us some of the most quotable moments from film this year. I don’t even want to search from problems, I just want to enjoy and appreciate what I just saw.
Have you watched The Devil All The Time? Did you enjoy it? Tell us what you think!
If you over hear someone talking about 21 Jump Street now a days, you would assume that they were talking about the action comedy film starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. And while we here at Exciting Incident enjoy that movie, as well as the sequel 22 Jump Street, we want to highlight the source material.
21 Jump Street was a crime drama that aired from 1987 to 1991. The show centered around a group of baby-faced cops who went undercover in local high schools solving crimes. The show gained tons of popularity due to its tackling of real life issues, and of course jump-started the career of Johnny Depp.
Depp played the lead, Tom Hanson. A young cop with anger issues after the death of his father turns him into the hardest working cadet at the academy. Along with Sergeant Hoffs (played by Holly Robinson), Officer Penhall (played by Peter DeLuise), Sergeant Ioki (played by Dustin Nguyen), and being led by Captain Adam Fuller (played by Steven Williams), the team went on to a five season run before eventually being cancelled.
The first half of season one, did not age well watching it back in 2020. However, the second half of the season has a huge increase in the writing which causes the show to become the classic that it is. Getting to watch Johnny Depp take on different under cover identities in the effort of catching the bad guy is extremely fun, and really shows how great of an actor he was and still is.
The show did something that a lot of current shows often fail to do. Which is slowly but genuinely build a bond and relationship between each of the characters, making the audience truly care about the stories as they unfold.
The brother like bond between Tom Hanson and his partner Penhall has you so invested in them, that when something happens to them, you really care. Same goes with the father and child like bond between Captain Fuller and his team.
The show proceeds to get even better for the second season, having some of the greatest episodes in the series. The third season following suit by introducing new character Detective Booker (played by Richard Grieco) and adding a whole new dynamic to the team.
But as much as I love this show, there are always going to be flaws.
One of these big flaws is the lack of fleshing out the whole team during the first two seasons. We see a rotation episode to episode. This episode we see Depp and DeLuise go undercover together, the next week we see Depp and Robinson, the week after that we see Robinson and Deluise.
Do you see the missing element? They have a whole other person on the team that was never highlighted. Ioki. We would go episodes without even seeing him! Sometimes, he would show up for thirty seconds just to say that he’s doing paper work in his office. Heck, even Captain Fuller would go undercover with the team on occasion leaving Ioki to hold down the fort back at the station.
This situation gets better after season two however, as Johnny Depp begins his hatred for the show and slowly leaves the fore front, Ioki gets utilized more often. Teaming up with Penhall and Hoffs in local high schools. Even getting his own entire episode giving him a very in-depth backstory.
Another issue with the show, is after season three, Johnny Depp began doing everything he could to get out of the show. Phoning in his performances, refusing to do certain episodes, etc. He didn’t agree with how some of the episodes handled their sensitive topics such as race and sexual assault. He eventually leaves the show after the fourth season.
Depp was a huge reason that the show is as good as it is, so when he checks out (figuratively and literally) the show takes a dive in quality. Depp isn’t the only one done with the show, as Nguyen also leaves after season four.
Grieco left the show after season four to star in his own spinoff show Booker, and DeLuise’s Penhall was reduced to a minor role for the last season. With a majority of the main cast leaving, the fifth and final season did not do well at all.
This show has some absolutely awesome moments, such as when Hanson and Penhall go undercover as THE MCQUAID BROTHAS!!! or the episode Orpheus 3.3 where Johnny Depp gives the best performance of the entire show. It is jam packed with awesome crime solving, comedy, and action. All while giving a really down to earth story about a group of co-workers and how they become a family.
I can’t recommend this show enough, and it is available to stream on Amazon Prime and NBC’s new Peacock streaming service. If you are looking for a new show to binge this weekend, this is the show to watch!
Comic book movies and shows flood modern entertainment like nobody’s business. Major studios like Disney and Warner Bros. have used their Marvel and DC properties to pave the way for other comic based properties to thrive in modern entertainment.
Every streaming service has at least one comic based universe topping their charts whether it be Netflix with their plethora of comic based originals such as ‘The Umbrella Academy’ or ‘Locke and Key’. Or Amazon Prime with their very popular ‘The Boys.’
It is no surprise to anyone that all of these streaming services and studios are trying to get their hands on a comic book universe so they can capitalize on the boom brought on by the MCU. So with this large fascination with comic books, how are actual comic book companies doing?
On September 15th 2018, DC released their own streaming service. DC Universe. For only $7.99 a month (or $74.99 per year) DC gives you access to not only thousands upon thousands of digital comics to read, but they also have original DC programming based on their famous heroes.
This streaming service is a must have for anyone who is a die hard DC comics fan, or even someone looking to get into it. Let’s talk about some of the really awesome things that have made DC Universe my favorite subscription every month.
DC universe originals
Original programming is a must have in the competitive market against Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, etc. So what has DC Universe brought to the table? Awesome DC Shows. No I’m not talking about the CW’s Arrow-verse.
This is a collection of shows consisting of Titans (2018-Current) a live action show based around the adventures of the very popular superhero team Teen Titans. Giving us our first live action Robin since Chris O’Donnell did that strange older version in Batman Forever. This is a badass show that after struggling to find its footing in the first season, gives us a phenomenal second season. The show has been renewed for season 3.
Using an episode of Titans as a back-door pilot, Doom Patrol (2019-Current) was introduced into the live action DC Universe original programming. A really fun show that features another popular superhero team consisting of Cyborg, Robot-Man, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman, and more.
In the live action collection is also Swamp Thing (2019) which was cancelled after the first season and their latest show Star Girl. (2020-Current) These provide a well rounded group of fun shows highlighting some fan favorite and unknown DC heroes.
Its not just live action shows that DC is creating for their service. Their animated originals, Harley Quinn (2019-Current) and Young Justice Outsiders (Season 3) are really awesome shows that add comedy and action to DC Universe’s original content.
Stream old dc shows and movies
Let me preface this by saying that in order to watch the DCEU and other Warner Bros released feature films, you would have to go to HBO Max. But if you are a fan of the DC animated series and films such as Batman: The Animated Series and new Justice League: Dark then this is a great place to watch them.
They have all of their classic fan favorite series such as:
The new adventures of superman
All of these and a whole lot more! The collection of DC animation is a must have for anyone that loved these shows as a kid, or even wanting to experience them for the first time.
DC Universe has a collection of over 22,000 digital versions of their comic collection. You can read classic storylines for your favorite heroes (and villains) that span decades. It is an easy to use interface that makes reading comics enjoyable on your phone or on your computer.
The amount of comics availble can be quite overwhelming, especially to someone who is just now getting into them. DC Universe has a very easy to understand comic homepage that shows you trending comics, classic storylines, and recent releases. Making it easier than ever to find something to enjoy.
DC Universe has been a personal favorite of mine recently as I have been trying to get my hands on anything and everything DC ever since all of the excitement formed from the DC Fandome event last month. What do you think of DC Universe? Are you thinking of subscribing? Tell us about it!
All throughout the 1990s, Michael Jordan blossomed into a world-renowned superstar, becoming the savior for not only the Chicago Bulls, but for the entire sport of basketball.
More than twenty years later, the COVID-19 pandemic provided Jordan the opportunity to this time save not just basketball, but the vast landscape of the sporting world.
“The Last Dance,” a docuseries based around the life of Jordan, began airing on April 19, 2020, slightly over a month after sports were shut down altogether. ESPN, reeling for quality content, decided it to be in everyone’s best interest to move the series forward from its originally-scheduled June release date.
Now, being someone lacking the proper TV plan needed in order to view the documentary at the time, I was limited to waiting impatiently for the series to be released on Netflix in the United States. Exactly three months after the first episode aired on ESPN, I finally managed to sit down and take in the ordeal, binging all ten episodes as soon as they became available on Netflix.
It was well worth the wait.
The series was told in a style akin to that of a memoir, centering around the dismantling of the Chicago Bulls dynasty in 1998. Accompanying the constant flashes forward in time were throwback footage from Jordan’s life, from his days at UNC to his gambling controversies throughout the early 90s.
But above the unprecedented coverage this series granted to the average American viewer, it cemented a truth that is perhaps unbeknownst to a generation deprived of watching MJ play in real-time: Michael Jordan’s legacy and impact make him the undisputed greatest basketball player of all-time.
No knock to the likes of LeBron James, of course. There’s still plenty more of his career yet to unfold. The time to reflect on his esteemed career will soon come.
But as a former apologist for the LeBron G.O.A.T argument, watching “The Last Dance”swung the pendulum on my opinion and mindset.
Few athletes, or human beings for that matter, can lay claim to a greater legacy than that of Michael Jordan. Jordan’s story is one that filmmakers and writers devour, one of seemingly endless bumps in the road, leading to an eventual storybook climactic success. And in Jordan’s case, that level of success is yet to be replicated by anyone in sports history.
As entranced viewers watch Jordan’s career unfold, each chapter of his has its inevitable triumph.
His college career at UNC caps off with a game-winning shot to clinch the NCAA title over Georgetown.
His Olympic endeavors showcase him as a global icon, becoming a part of the “Dream Team,” a legendary compilation of basketball talent that cruised to a gold medal in 1992.
And his NBA career? You likely already know all about it. Shelves full of personal awards outshone by the six titles won throughout Jordan’s career, highlighted by back-to-back three-peats in the 90s.
Throughout the series, the filmmakers cut from interview-to-interview, collecting thoughts and opinions from some of basketball’s legends of the game and journalists alike. The one commonality between almost every one of them? Competitive respect.
From John Stockton to Magic Johnson and even all the way down to arguably MJ’s most-hated enemy Isiah Thomas, it would be a challenging task to attempt to find a former foe that didn’t feel a sense of respect or gratefulness for everything Jordan did for the game of basketball.
Kobe Bryant referred to Jordan as his “big brother,” during one portion of the series, highlighting Jordan’s passion to see the game carried out the right way by his succeeding generations.
Even Jordan’s former teammates, some of whom told stories of hellish episodes at practices led by taunting and berating from Jordan, displayed a type of admiration for their former teammate few athletes could ever warrant.
Take Steve Kerr, for example. During a practice in 1995, Kerr’s face found itself on the unfortunate end of Jordan’s fist.
“Practices were really intense,” Kerr explained. “Practice fights — not only on that team, there were probably three of ’em during the year on that team — on every team I played on in the late 80s, early 90s, there were a few practice fights. There was just a lot of competition, things would get out of hand, and it really wasn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. For me in that case, Michael was definitely testing me, and I responded, and I feel like I passed the test and he tested me more afterwards.”
The overarching conclusion I, along with many viewers, have come to after becoming wrapped up in the enamor of “The Last Dance”is this: Michael Jordan is arguably the most iconic athlete of all-time.
To define greatness as limited to moments on a hardwood court or turf-laden field would be asinine. Jordan would have a well-rounded case nonetheless, but his impact stretched so much farther than that.
Jordan has a legacy that will likely remain unmatched for decades to come. He is a true legend in every sense of the word, the type of figure who your father would be honored to sit you down on the couch and tell you reminiscent tales of.
Beloved by an entire generation of basketball fans and players alike, “The Last Dance” perfectly encapsulates exactly how important Michael Jordan was to the world that adored him.
My one piece of advice to anyone planning to take in the series? Watch with an open heart and an open mind. Press play with an intent not to critique, but to simply admire a true saint of a game now adorn by millions.
It’s the only way to properly appreciate everything that Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all-time, was.
With films such as Grease and Hairspray hitting pop culture hard in the 80’s, it was about time that someone came in to make fun of it all. The art of parody has been mastered by many in the world of cinema over the years, most notably by big names like Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder. However, when it came to creating the parody for the greaser genre who was better than one of it’s originators?
John Waters just came off of the hit film Hairspray, and decided to poke fun at it with his next film. He wrote and directed Cry-Baby, starring Johnny Depp. The film is about a young juvenile delinquent named Crybaby, and his gang of “drapes.” They are a white trash gang consisting of Crybaby’s sister, Pepper, who even though is only 16 has two kids and one on the way. A girl named Hatchet Face, her boyfriend Milton, and a blonde bombshell named Wanda.
This gang is living the good life at their favorite hang out, Turkey Point. Which is owned by Crybaby and Pepper’s grandparents (played by Iggy Pop and Susan Tyrell.) Not only are they all best friends but they’re also a band! Performing rock and roll with King Crybaby himself as the lead singer.
When Crybaby falls in love with Allison, who is a square (the preppy kids in town), things descend into chaos. Its the classic Romeo and Juliet forbidden love that we all love to see. A giant turf war breaks out between all of the drapes and the squares. Sending Crybaby to prison!
Will Crybaby get out of prison? Does he get the girl? Will Pepper have her baby?? I’m not going to tell you. You should definitely watch the film for yourself as it is an absolute masterpiece that has somehow been hidden in modern pop culture. So what makes it so great?
This film does everything right, it makes fun of films like Grease while still telling a really fun story for itself. The acting is top notch, but not in the way that you think. The actors perform the goofy lines so dramatically, that it would give the cast of Riverdale a run for it’s money. The overacting does a great job of making fun of how awkward it is for adults to say high school slang like John Travolta does in Grease.
The cast does a great job of over acting, but they also excel at the comedic delivery of the actual jokes. Hilarious one liners such as “My brother wouldn’t touch your titties with a ten foot pole!” are perfectly timed throughout the entire hour and a half film. Johnny Depp, coming off of the hit show 21 Jump Street, gives a performance that shows just how talented he really is. Nailing the goofy, over exaggerated, bad boy character that cries a single tear whenever he’s sad.
Another layer of this comedic onion of a film, is the music. Crybaby and gang sing a total of twelve songs in the film, all of them home runs. Whether it’s Crybaby introducing himself to the audience with the song “King Cry-Baby” or Allison begging for his release from jail with the amazingly catchy “Please Mr. Jailer.” The songs are just as entertaining and catchy as all of your favorites from Grease, West Side Story, Hairspray, etc.
After the film, John Water’s took his latest creation back to the stage and Cry-Baby actually went on to enjoy a run on Broadway. The musical even acquired quite a bit of success, getting nominated for four Tony awards.
The film is one of my personal favorites in the comedy/musical genre, and over the years it has become something of a cult classic. However, I don’t think that’s good enough for a film as hilarious and fun as this one. I highly recommend it, and hope you think of it for your next movie night at home.