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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Hairspray can be found here.
This movie is not a remake of the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. This film is based on the Broadway play, which was based on the 1988 film. The 1988 film was not a musical, but later made one when the play was created. All three versions are similar, but each has several elements of plot and character unique to each version. This is similar to The Producers, which was a 1968 comedy film that was adapted to a Broadway musical which was subsequently adapted to a musical film in 2005.
Yes, with the exception of two of the Dynamites.
Miss Baltimore Crabs is a play on the Miss Georgia Peach pageant. Georgia is famous for its peaches, just as New York is for its Apples and Florida with its Oranges. Baltimore is therefore famous for its Crabs. However, there are two meanings to this song. The other implication is that Miss Baltimore Crabs (Velma Von Tussle) risked getting crabs (pubic lice) while in bed with the judges for the win.
From the original movie we can find John Waters as the flasher who lives next door. Jerry Stiller (the original Wilbur) is Mr. Pinky, and Ricki Lake (the original Tracy) is one of the William Morris Agents
When Link hands something to Amber saying "it's time", what he hands her is his high school ring. It was all the rage back then. It meant that Link promises to be all Amber's; it's official they are boyfriend and girlfriend.
Many claim it's another council member, however, in the DVD Commentary with Adam Shankman and Nikki Blonsky (2-disc set only), Shankman claimed they were implying Corny Collins was the father to the baby. In the film when Velma is talking to the camera man after "The Nicest Kids In Town," you can see Brenda and Corny fighting in the backround while Brenda clutches her stomach. In an interview given by Cassie Silva (Brenda), she admits that Corny Collins is the father of the baby.
Teen dance TV shows were popular in the 1950s and '60s, and many faced similar disputes and controversy over the appearance of Black teens, interracial dancing, racism and segregation. The Corny Collins Show is based on The Buddy Deane Show, which was all-White except on alternate Fridays, which were "Negro day". The core dancers, who appeared every day (except on all-Black days) were called the "Committee". It was cancelled in 1964 after the home station WJZ was unable to integrate Black and Caucasian dancers.
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