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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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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:

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Aretha Franklin auditioned for the role of Motormouth Maybelle, but lost out to Queen Latifah. 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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Trouble on the Line
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Performed by Corey Reynolds
© 2007 Winding Brook Way Music (ASCAP)/Walli Woo Entertainment (ASCAP)
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What A GREAT Movie
2 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So I just went to a sneak peak of Hairspray this morning and was I pleasantly surprised. As a huge fan of Hairspray the stage show and of music theatre in general, this could be my favorite movie musical (Chicago, Rent, Phantom, Dreamgirls). The cast was for the most part quite stellar. Nikki Blonsky was one terrific Tracy. Very surprised and impressed with Amanda Bynes as well as Zac Effron. Elijah Kelley was impressive as Seaweed as well. John Travolta was very funny and was a great dancer (even in heals). Love Christopher Walkin's performance as well. Michelle Pfeiffer was a great evil Velma (although her singing was the weakest of the movie). Queen Latifah was PERFECT in this role, got to love her! The story lines altered from the stage show some (don't worry I won't spoil anything). But the differences were not distracting; the movie still made wonderful sense and had a great flow. Although I was bummed that several songs were cut, the ones that were kept in were sensational. Of special note were "I Can Hear the Bells," "Welcome to the 60's," "I Know Where I've Been," and "Without Love." These movie musicals just keep getting better and better. I can't wait for Sweeny Todd this Christmas!!!

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