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Hairspray (2007)

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Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.



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Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! Written by leoprez1030

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On July 20th, the summer blockbuster is getting a whole new look. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 July 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hairspray: Em Busca da Fama  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,045,912 (UK) (20 July 2007)


$118,823,091 (USA) (19 October 2007)

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Did You Know?


Hayden Panettiere was considered for the role of Amber Von Tussel. See more »


During "I Know Where I've Been", when Motormouth Maybelle sings "To just sit still would be a sin", she sheds a tear. The camera pans out to a crowd scene and comes back and the tear is gone. See more »


[first lines]
Tracy Turnblad: [singing] Oh, oh, oh, woke up today, feeling the way I always do. Oh, oh, oh, hungry for something that I can't eat. Then I hear that beat. That rhythm of town starts calling me down. It's like a message from high above. Oh, oh, oh, pulling me out to the smiles and the streets that I love. Good morning, Baltimore!
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.135 (2010) See more »


Welcome to the 60s
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Performed by Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta with Kamilah Marshall, Terita Redd and Shayna Steele
© 2000 Winding Brook Way Music (ASCAP)/Walli Woo Entertainment (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
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5 July 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Just got back from the premiere and this was an amazing movie. I wasn't expecting it to be comparable to the Broadway but it was amazing. The casting was really well done, the sets were very well decorated. Costumes were impressive. Travolta was an excellent Edna. It is definitely worth seeing. Laugh your head off funny. Music and performances had everybody in the theater dancing or tapping their feet. If you want to have fun, go see this movie. You will dance all the way home. I think this will be one of the better movies of the summer and definitely deserves a few awards. I can't wait for it to be released so I can bring all my friends and family.

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