Directed By: Adam Shankman Starring: Nicole Blonsky John Travolta

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One of the top 3 John Waters movies

by natewatson999 on 10/19/2015

This is an excellent remake of Hairspray. It borrows more from the broadway show than the movie, but it manages to be be a worthy successor to both. Everyone did a great job with the acting. Lady Divine would approve of Travolta's performance. The movie manages to live more in a caricature of reality than reality itself, with Tracy Turnblad so genuinely happy to see the drunk on the barstool, and the scene of penny's mom scrubbing the TV screen. This joyful look at the despair of reality makes for a fun movie. The plot is good, and the ending okay, but the comedy is really what sells the movie. So overall, buy it if you're in the mood for a comedy with good acting and an okay plot.

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Studio New Line
SKU 211244260
UPC 794043131165
UPC 14 00794043131165
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Originally written and directed by filmmaker John Waters in 1988, and then put on Broadway, the camp musical HAIRSPRAY could easily have run its course with viewers. But thanks to playful direction, flashy costumes, over-the-top performances, and a positive message of peace, this newest spin proves to be yet another enjoyable incarnation. Set in 1960s Baltimore, the story follows a plump young girl named Tracy Turnblad (played by impressive newcomer Nikki Blonski) on an amazing journey as her dream of dancing on the popular Corny Collins Show becomes a reality. The local television program is a shiny spectacle spear-headed by Corny Collins (James Marsden), a gang of young dancers, and producer Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer), a seductress ice queen whose manipulative ways ensure her daughter Amber (Brittany Snow) gets more than her fair share of screen time as one of the show's stars. When Tracy shows up at an open call, Velma can barely contain her rage, and sets out to rid the show of Tracy and the talented black dancers who make up the show's popular "Negro Day." Thus begins a war of talent and a battle for justice, with those in favor of integration meeting many obstacles along the way.^While less out-there than Waters's original, the film still contains some very quirky humor. John Travolta playing Tracy's overweight mother may seem an odd concept at first, but in this context it works. Scenes that would ordinarily be cheesy are made more interesting due to the odd dynamic between Christopher Walken and John Travolta playing man and wife. As the two dance and woo one another, the strange smile on Travolta's lipsticked lips and the grace of Walken's dancing will be sure to fascinate viewers. Viewers should also watch for cameos by Ricki Lake, and by John Waters as a Baltimore streaker. With all the wacky comedy, it's often easy to forget that the meat of HAIRSPRAY is a battle over racial integration. The film manages to create some touching moments in the midst of sparkling musical numbers.
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[You] get the off-kilter joy of Trav tripping the light flabtastic with screen hubby Christopher Walken. Their surprisingly touching believability as a couple is complemented by Blonsky's charm-stocked performance..." 07/01/2007 p.48
Entertainment Weekly "HAIRSPRAY is a fizzy and delirious high-camp message-movie musical that may turn out to be the happiest movie of the summer....The climactic number sends you out on a high." -- Grade: A- 07/27/2007 p.48-49
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "HAIRSPRAY is a consistently flashy, rousing and rambunctious movie spectacle....It's hard to keep a smile off your face and your toes tapping during this unpretentious and spirited adaptation..." 07/20/2007 p.2D
New York Times "[The songs] are sung with impeccable diction and unimpeachable conviction by a a lively young cast....HAIRSPRAY is so joyful, so full of unforced enthusiasm, that only the most ferocious cynic could resist it." 07/19/2007 p.E1
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "HAIRSPRAY earns knockout status for its humor, heart and high spirits. As Tracy, trumpet-tonsiled newcomer Nikki Blonsky is a dynamo..." 08/09/2007 p.97
Sight and Sound "HAIRSPRAY's confident combination of a Cinderella story with infectious tunes, all glossed with winking noughties irony and a feelgood message, has found our collective sweet spot." 09/01/2007 p.58
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "Pfeiffer delivers a stinging performance....Zac Efron shines...while Elijah Kelley is sensational..." 09/01/2007 p.53
Adam Shankman
Nicole Blonsky
John Travolta
Cast & Crew
Nicole Blonsky - Star
Paul Dooley - Star
Michelle Pfeiffer - Star
Zac Efron - Star
Queen Latifah - Star
Brittany Snow - Star
Elijah Kelley - Star
James Marsden - Star
Jerry Stiller - Star
Christopher Walken - Star
Amanda Bynes - Star
Allison Janney - Star
John Travolta - Star
Leslie Dixon - Screenwriter
Craig Zadan - Producer
Bojan Bazelli - Director of Photography
Mark O'Donnell - Screenwriter
Adam Shankman - Choreographer
Marc Shaiman - Composer
Thomas Meehan - Source Writer
Neil Meron - Producer
John Waters - Source Writer
Adam Shankman - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 1000091634
UPC 00794043131165
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color Color
DVD, Deluxe Edition, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Travolta,John
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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