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Hairspray (2007)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  20 July 2007 (USA)
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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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When you follow your own beat, the world will follow you. 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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Billy Crystal and Jim Broadbent were both considered for the role of Wilbur Turnblad. See more »


During the "Welcome to the 60's" number when everyone is dancing in the street, Tracy and Edna are dancing and swinging their bags. In a closeup of Edna and Tracy, a pink flower falls out of Tracy's hair and lands on the street next to her. In the following wide shot of everyone dancing, the flower isn't visible, nor is it visible in the next closeup of Tracy and Edna. 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 Saturday (2013) See more »


The New Girl in Town
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Performed by Brittany Snow with Sarah Jayne Jensen, Hayley Podschun,
Kamilah Marshall, Terita Redd and Shayna Steele
(c) 2007 New Line Tunes (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
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A Total Ten
13 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not CINEMA and it's not ART ... what is, however, is the most fun I've had seeing a film in I can't remember how long ... a totally incredible, wonderful, feel good, and so glad you went experience.

Oh, and the performances were overall excellent ... with some stand-outs - Travolta, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Queen Latifah, & Michelle Pfeiffer (perenially under-rated on account of "you can't be brilliant and that beautiful?") ... and there were no clunkers - the rest of the cast provided able support to the "stars." The music and the dancing got you bouncing up and down in your seat. And finally, the racial and weight discrimination issues .. the whole "you don't fit our skinny, white, young, & whatever is currently hip stereotypes ... were handled with humor and without being patronized or trivialized - not easy to do in a musical romp. The pride and self-confidence of those who were subject to this discrimination came through as unyielding, unwavering, and solid as a rock ... just like Tracy's hair.


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