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on 5/4/2012

I loved both the musical and this version of "HairSpray". The star cast ( and young cast members) and a very nice story make this movie a classical movie. The music is just sensational. I loved all the songs and dances. This is a really nice drama that everyone should watch.

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Pleasantly plum teenager tracy turnblad teaches 1962 baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.


Studio New Line
SKU 205728757
UPC 794043110894
UPC 14 00794043110894
Format DVD
Release Date 1/26/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Travolta,John
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Cast & Crew
Adam Shankman - Director
Allison Janney - Actor
Amanda Bynes - Actor
Bojan Bazelli - Cinematographer
Christopher Walken - Actor
David Gropman - Production Designer
Dennis Davenport - Art Director
James Marsden - Actor
Jerry Stiller - Actor
John Travolta - Actor
John Waters - Actor
John Waters - Based On Screenplay By
John Waters - Executive Producer
Leslie Dixon - Screenplay
Marc Shaiman - Original Music By
Mark O'Donnell - Based On Play By
Michael Tronick - Editor
Michelle Pfeiffer - Actor
Nikki Blonsky - Actor
Queen Latifah - Actor
Ricki Lake - Actor
Toby Emmerich - Executive Producer
Zac Efron - Actor
Nominee (2007) MTV Award, Hairspray, Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet
Review While the source material has always seemed like a bit of a curio, its themes of inclusion, equality, and embracing the new and different provide a strong jumping-off point here. The mega-success of the stage production made a big-screen version inevitable and, despite a plot that still teeters from marginal to meaningful, this latest incarnation has much to recommend...The large cast, also including James Marsden as glib TV host Corny Collins, Allison Janney as Penny's bible-toting mother, and Jerry Stiller (who played Wilbur Turnblad in the first film) as big-gal dress shop owner Mr. Pinky, gives their all, with a special shout out to Pfeiffer, a hilarious Bynes, and vivacious newcomer Blonsky. John Waters and the original Tracy, Ricki Lake, also pop up in amusing cameos...As for Travolta, he's game and quite funny in the wacky part, but aside from looking pretty odd (even for a middle-aged man in fat lady drag); he doesn't always cut loose enough to make the character his own. And why is he the only one to attempt a Baltimore accent? Let's just say, his Edna Turnblad is a far cry from the career-making studs he played in Saturday Night Fever and Grease. But that's show biz.
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Hairspray follows in the footsteps of Little Shop of Horrors and The Producers as campy movies that became even more campy stage musicals before returning to the screen in lavish song-and-dance productions...While no one would accuse Hairspray of occupying the upper echelon of movie musicals, it's an entertaining diversion, which is about the most anyone could hope for from something ultimately spawned in the mind of John Waters...Hairspray is the kind of movie that could become a sleeper success if it wasn't being publicized so relentlessly. Its agenda is deceptively simple: an opportunity to spend a pleasant two hours in an air-conditioned auditorium. There are no special effects (unless you count Travolta's fat suit), no explosions, no chase scenes, and no shoot-outs. The film isn't deep or thematically rich or filled with amazing characters. Instead, it's an excursion into song and dance, and works admirably on that level. Hairspray exceeded my expectations and, while it isn't my favorite movie of the pool-and-beach season, it's enjoyable enough to earn a recommendation.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Travolta,John
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Albert Williams, Chicago Reader ...the funniest, dancingest screen musical since "Singin' in the Rain."
Claudia Puig, USA Today A rousing and rambunctious movie spectacle.
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/Reel Talk An explosion of talent, energy, and fun!
Lou Lumenick, New York Post The best and most entertaining movie adaptation of a stage musical so far this century...
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor A feel-good musical that, for a change, actually makes you feel good.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper Two big thumbs up!
Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV One of the best movies of the year!

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