A brave-hearted girl and her charming best friend make a bewitching pair as they embark on a mission to take down the oppressive schooling system of K-12.


Melanie Martinez, Alissa Torvinen (co-director)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Martinez ... Crybaby
Emma Harvey ... Angelita
Megan Gage Megan Gage ... Celeste
Maggie Budzyna ... Kelly
Adrian Jurics Adrian Jurics ... Blue Boy 1
Gergely Kiss Gergely Kiss ... Blue Boy 2
Natalia Toth Natalia Toth ... Lucy
Tamas Gog Tamas Gog ... Glue Boy 1
Robert Szabolcs Robert Szabolcs ... Bus Driver
Bence Balogh Bence Balogh ... Jason
Vilmos Heim Vilmos Heim ... Brandon
Alissa Torvinen Alissa Torvinen ... Ghost Girl
Anne Wittman ... Ms. Daphne
Joel Francis-Williams Joel Francis-Williams ... Henry
Toby Eddington ... The Principal


In this eerily enchanting musical film by Melanie Martinez, Cry Baby, a strong and sensitive girl, is sent off to a disturbing sleepaway school that's hidden underneath a grandiose façade. Luckily, she has a sweet and unapologetic best friend who sticks up for her when she gets bullied by the other students whose brains are under control by the Principal and his wicked staff. With the help of the magical friends they meet along the way, as well as an Angelic Spirit Guide, they are able to gain the strength they need to fight off the school's belligerent patriarchal conditioning. Written by Atlantic Records

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When the bell rings, you must be in your assigned seat...


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For much of September 2019, following its very brief and limited theatrical run, the movie was free to view on Melanie Martinez's YouTube channel. See more »


Crybaby: Why is he forcing medication on everyone?
Henry: To control us, so we can't leave.
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References Melanie Martinez: Mad Hatter (2017) See more »


Wheels on the Bus
Written by Melanie Martinez, Michael Keenan and Emily Warren
Performed by Melanie Martinez
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Pastel Nightmare
6 September 2019 | by LadyMortimerSee all my reviews

Don't go in expecting you're gonna get a movie with fleshed out characters or a coherent story. The thing you're gonna get is just a bunch of music videos mashed together. The way the story is written is how kids from elementary school play make-believe with their friends. (only the friends have magical powers, everyone wants to get a bit of that spotlight, being a bit grotesque sometimes for the fun,...). It seems as if Martinez had a lot of fun with this project and I don't blame her, if I had the chance I would do the same. My main problem with the movie is that it tackles way too many themes (bullying, transphobia, body image,...) and it ends up being a "we live in a society"-mess wherein only the obvious get stated without saying much in depth about it. I do praise the movie for the costume design and set design, the colors in this movie had me in awe and that's what you kind of expect if you've seen Martinez previous music videos for her Crybaby album for example. I would recommend this movie to people who are a big fan of Melanie Martinez and for the people who watch movies solely for the aesthetic.

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5 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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