It’s Andy’s choice this week, and he chose Cry Baby. We shamelessly make fun of this 1990 movie musical, even as it shamelessly makes fun of other movie musicals. Comedy. Romance. Crying. And the film is pretty good, too.
In 1950s Baltimore, a bad-boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good-girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.
Cry Baby is a parody of teen musicals, particularly Grease. The lead role of Danny Zuko in Grease was offered to The Fonze himself, Henry Winkler, who turned it down for fear of being typecast. One person who seems to be fine with being typecast is Vince Vaughn, who effectively plays the same character in every movie he’s ever been in. Still that, doesn’t mean he hasn’t done some good ones, like Swingers. Swingers also stars Jon Favreau, who played a sports agent in one of my favourite movies of all time, Wimbledon. Wimbledon had a small and early part for one actor who would go on to huge success, James McAvoy who, despite his ability to put on a very convincing English accent, is as Scottish as they come. He’s not the only actor to come out of Scotland, though; Kevin McKidd also hails from the cold side of Hadrian’s Wall. You might know McKidd best from his role as Dr. Owen Hunt in Grey’s Anatomy, but I like to think his best work came way back in the 1900s, when he had a small role one episode of British TV show, Kavanagh QC, alongside John Thaw. John Thaw is best known for playing Inspector Morse, but an even more popular Inspector, Inspector Gadget, was played by Matthew Broderick. Broderick voiced the character of Despereaux in the movie The Tale of Despereaux, which was narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Sigourney Weaver starred in the classic sci-fi horror, Aliens. The tag line for Aliens was; “In space, no one can hear you scream”, a tagline that was parodied in the publicity for next week’s YAFCast movie with the line; “In space, no one can eat ice cream”.
That movie is, of course, Killer Klowns From Outer Space.