Hairspray (2007)

Hairspray (2007)

Hairspray (2007)

Rambunctious 1960s-set musical following Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and a big heart. Her dream is to appear on The Corny Collins Show, Baltimore’s hippest TV dance party. While her mother (John Travolta) nags, her father (Christopher Walken) encourages dreaming er... large. Re-make of the 1988 John Waters original. 

She wows Corny Collins (James Marsden) at a high school dance, and gets a place on his show, much to the irritation of reigning dance princess Amber Von Tussle and her scheming mother (Michelle Pfeiffer). Meanwhile, at school, students are marching against racial inequality with Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah). After confronting police, Tracy has to hide from an issued arrest warrent. Will Tracy miss the final dance-off against Amber and forfeit the Miss Hairspray title? Or will she sing and dance her way out of trouble again? These are the questions this synopsis leaves you with.

2007Rating: PG, contains sexual references115 minsUSA
ComedyMusicalRomance

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Village Voice

Village Voice

The movie is visually flat: not pasty and garish in the Waters signature style, but merely serviceable and competent in the worst tradition of Hollywood "professionalism"...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

The cast is having a blast, and the mood is infectious. If this film doesn't have a smile on your face by the grand finale, I'd hate to think what kind of day you're having...

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Newshub

Newshub

Hairspray really is one of those sing-along musicals that some will love to hate, and others will love to sing.

Me and musicals have a rather chequered history - I’m still getting hate mail for dissing Dreamgirls.

Hairspray's sweet light and tasty veneer serves up some biting satire, a few catchy tunes and John Travolta in a fat suit.

It’s not really my thing, but it might be yours...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Offering plenty of body and a lot of lift, Hairspray gels kitsch styling with show-stopping tunes to mould a memorable musical...

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

The John Water's cult gets a very 21st century makeover and soundtrack. Great -and still topical-source material yields a great movie. This is at least the best musical since Chicago. Maybe even Grease...

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

Most closely aligned to revered off-beat movie-musicals like Rocky Horror and Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray seems destined to be a favourite at slumber parties for decades to come...

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BBC

BBC

It also embodies the spirit of the film as a joyous celebration of being different. Later scenes depicting the Civil Rights movement may seem inappropriate, but the silliness only mirrors the absurdity of racism - ref. Queen Latifah's cringing endorsement of 'NapAway' hair cream. Spot-on performances all round contribute to a musical that, like Tracy, is just a great big ball of fun...

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