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50 out of 98 people found the following review useful:

super good

10/10
Author: hails1021 from United States
8 July 2007

i just got home from a sneak peak showing........ so i have seen the original and the Broadway show and was nervous about this one, but it was so good, like watching the actual show but up close!!! i will absolutely go see it again!! the only thing i wish was kept was mama i'm a big girl now, you only hear it in the credits......but i love the new songs (especially Zac's "Ladies Choice"!!) and the entire cast did a really good job!!! Amanda is great as Penny, and her and Seaweed are so hysterical together!!! Zac as link was perfect...although it was a little awkward seeing him kiss Nikki, who by the way could not have done a better job as Tracy, i wasn't sure when i heard that they were having this well know cast with a complete nobody as the lead, but she definitely earned it!! Also.....John Travolta as Edna is super funny, but when he sings i couldn't help but think..."i didn't know Dannny Zuko was in the movie." but he pulled it off!!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Good movie

9/10
Author: Matt Miller from Japan
19 December 2015

In Baltimore, there is a big girl who dreams to take part in Corny Collin's Show and dance with a nice guy, Link. The girl's name is Tracy. One day she finds an audition of the TV S\shoe, therefore she manages to ask her mother who is not willing to accept it to allow her to join the audition. However she fails because the judge does not like hoe big body. She is depressed and late for classes because of the audition. She has to stay at school as the punishment, then she meets a great black dancer, Seaweed. He invites her to a dance party and there, she is scouted for the new cast in Cony Collin's Show by the representative. After that, she faces a lot of troubles, discrimination, and she fight for the resolution. The great thing of this film is that it has not only a funny scenes but also an important theme, that is, abolition of discrimination about not only color but also appearance. In this film, there are two contrastive characters. One is Tracy, who is a fat girl but has a sense of equality. The other is Amber, who is a beautiful but has an evil mind. These two character emphasize this theme effectively. I love musicals so much and I love this film, too. Especially, when depressed, this film is the best recommendation.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

John Travolta Celebrates Divine!

9/10
Author: Python Hyena from Canada
30 July 2015

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Hairspray (2007): Dir: Adam Shankman / Cast: Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes: Hilarious musical remake about time and culture all embraced within the enthusiasm of teenage experimentation. Nikki Blonsky stars as teenage Tracy Turnblad who dreams of being on the Corny Collins Show but due to her weight she is rejected by station manager Miss Von Tussle. At home Tracy is encouraged by her father while her mother Edna is insecure herself. Despite predictable storytelling director Adam Shankman is given convincing 1950's art direction. This is a huge improvement for a director who previously made such crap as The Wedding Planner and The Pacifier. Blonsky is a burst of life while John Travolta in drag as Edna is a scene stealer. This is a reminder that Divine, who portrayed Edna in the original John Waters film was a transvestite. What Travolta does here is a tribute, not an insult. Christopher Walken is hilarious as Tracy's father who works in a toy store. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the snide Miss Von Tussle whose daughter is her top pride. Amanda Bynes plays Blonsky's best friend who is locked up in her bedroom. While remakes are often frown upon, and for good reason, Shankman creates a film that extends the budget while maintaining the same spirit. The result is a colourful expression of dance, culture and race. Score: 9 / 10

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Civil Rights in Hairspray

10/10
Author: Emily5898 from United States
14 April 2015

This version of the musical is great. The updated version has a more modern feel to it with the cast. The historical content of this movie deals with a very serious issue in the 1960s, the civil rights movement.

Throughout the movie the changes in how the African Americans act are very well depicted. There two other types of characters in this film, those for and those against segregate.

The Corny Collins Show is an example of how 'separate but equal' was conveyed because of the way those on the show act when the African Americans had their day on the show.

I love this movie especially Link. The historical content is also very interesting to me.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Adds some light-heartedness to the topic of integration

8/10
Author: Firestryker16 from United States
13 April 2015

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Hairspray was an overall great movie. The writer used a light-hearted dance show to shed some light on the topic of integration within Baltimore in the 60's. The story revolves around a white teenager who has witnessed the opportunities that were taken away from African-Americans at this time strictly due to the color of their skin. These African- Americans were not allowed to integrate with the white teenagers and dance on The Corny Collins show together. Instead, they were given Negro day to dance and even this right was eventually taken away from them. The main character, Tracy did not believe in this segregation so she joined them in an effort to desegregate. By the end of the movie, the African- Americans were integrated into the TV show. It was interesting to watch the fight for equality in this aspect of life for the African-Americans of the 1960's. It was a powerful example of segregation and the fact that it was shown in the entertainment industry makes the movie and the topic more interesting. All around a highly recommended movie that mixes history with entertainment.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Hairspray is a movie about the acceptance of others despite their physical appearance.

Author: melissaprewasnicc
13 April 2015

Hairspray was an uplifting movie with ideas of acceptance of others. The main character, Tracy Turnblad fights throughout the movie about how she thinks black people should be treated equally on television. This reflects the ideas of the civil rights movement and the peaceful protests used during that time period. In addition, Tracy is a character throughout the movie that represents the need for acceptance because of her weight. The dancers on television are not accepting of her because of her weight and she proves them wrong.

The movie is entertaining with its music and humor. A character that stands out is the mother, played by John Travolta. He takes on a female part as a larger woman and Tracy's mother. The character brings comic relief to the movie. The theme of the movie is serious, but there is also an idea of hope and acceptance of others in the future.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Link disappoints

8/10
Author: fingerprickingsugardiva from San Antonio, TX
13 October 2013

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The movie based on the play that was based on the *original* movie. Gotta love it!!! The movie works very well and is a fun watch with a superb cast.

I'm a great fan of the 1988 original. This one does not compete, nor does it try to. Think of it as gelato vs. sorbet. They're similar and complimentary.

Christopher Walken and John Travolta are cute and believable as Tracy's parents. Michelle Pfeiffer, does that woman ever age? Queen Latifah, all hail Her Majesty!

I preferred Ricki Lake's Tracy, but Nikki Blonsky is very likable too. The 1988 Amber was a lot snarkier than this one. I do like the fact that they did not recast Velma's husband (a nod to the late Sonny Bono) or Arvin Hodgepile (RIP Divine). Nice.

In fact, my only problem with the movie was this:

When Tracy and Motormouth and them decide to march, Link pusses out. The REAL (1988) Link never would have pulled that crap.

Other than that, I loved it!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A breath of fresh air

10/10
Author: quackzone96
21 January 2013

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Hairspray is hilarious and very witty, probably the best family-friendly musical film from 2007. Based on the 2002 Broadway musical, and borrowing elements from the original screen-play from John Waters. This adaptation delivers show-stopping numbers and a star-studded cast. It's the story of one plump Baltimore teen and how she'll fight to stand up for what's right. Even if she isn't as glamorous as all the thin girls she still ends up wooing Link Larkin, and helps her mother overcome her agoraphobia. Also helps her fellow friends of a different race fight for their rights. Hairspray is one movie that reminds you "You Can't Stop the Beat"

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Hairspray

7/10
Author: Jackson Booth-Millard from United Kingdom
4 March 2012

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From director Adam Shankman (A Walk to Remember, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Bedtime Stories), I hadn't seen the original 1988 John Waters version before, but I didn't think it really mattered, especially with this remake having an all star cast, so I really wanted to see it. Basically, set in 1962, overweight teenager Tracy Turnblad (Golden Globe nominated Nikki Blonsky) is bright and always smiling, and she has dreams to become a famous dancer, just like those who appear on The Corny Collins Show. She and her best friend Penny Pingleton (She's the Man's Amanda Bynes) run home every day after school to watch the show to see host Corny Collins (James Marsden) and drool over dancer Link Larkin (Zac Efron), and this obsession concerns Tracy's mother Edna (Golden Globe nominated John Travolta). Then Tracy finds out that the show are holding auditions for a new dancer to replace the one who has dropped out, and she is overjoyed to get the role, with the help of her friend Seaweed J. Stubbs (Elijah Kelley). The only people that are not very happy to see an overweight member of the dancing gang are nasty and racist WYZT station manager Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her bratty dancer daughter Amber (Prom Night's Brittany Snow). Tracy becomes really popular with the viewers with her high energy dancing and bright personality, and she questions why the whole team are all white and the black people only show up on Negro Day once a month, and she tries to change this policy. Velma is determined to get the overweight star off the show, despite growing ratings and letters to the show, but the star's mother, father Wilbur (Christopher Walken), Seaweed, Link, Penny and black singing star Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah) they try to make changes. There does come the point when Velma does get what she wants, as the "Miss Teenage Hairspray" pageant is coming soon, and the network manager wants to make sure that the winner is daughter Amber. Tracy does manage to make it to the studio in time to participate, and Velma unknowingly confesses her nasty plans on live camera, and she is fired, and it turns out the winner is actually black Little Inez Stubbs (Taylor Parks), and this means the black and white communities are equalised. Also starring Allison Janney as Prudy Pingleton, Jerry Stiller as Mr. Pinky, John Waters as Flasher, original star Ricki Lake as Talent Agent, Adam Shankman as Talent Agent, Marc Shaiman as Talent Agent and Scott Wittman as Talent Agent. Blonsky gives a great smiley leading performance and sings very well, Travolta is almost unrecognisable as her fat mother, Pfeiffer is a good choice as the villain style character, and all the supporting cast members like Walken and Snow are well casted also. The references to the time period are good, the bright colours and costume designs are great, the singing by the stars themselves is all well done, and the songs like "Good Morning Baltimore", "The Nicest Kids In Town", "Welcome To The 60s" and "You Can't Stop The Beat" are all fun to listen to, all in all it is a fabulously fun satirical musical comedy. It was nominated the BAFTA for Best Make Up & Hair, and it was nominated the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. Very good!

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Welcome to the 60's (or how a remake can actually work)

10/10
Author: Edd-N-Furter from Mexico
25 April 2011

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In 1988, the cult director John Waters made a musical-type approach to his childhood in Baltimore that resulted in the film Hairspray, which in turn resulted in a successful Broadway musical a couple of years ago.

As expected in the wake of the recent spate of film adaptations of stage musicals, the adaptation/remake of Hairspray was expected and unlike earlier tries that gave extremely poor results (Rent, The Producers, The Phantom of the Opera) Hairspray works and exceeds the expectations of seeing a musical at the height and claiming the genre after several setbacks.

The story revolves around Tracy Turnbland (the wonderful Nikki Blonsky), who despite living with overweight dreams to join the group of dancers from the Corny Collins Show, and when the opportunity to audition comes, she must make aside the prejudices of his overprotective mother (played by a brilliant John Travolta) and the channel manager Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer), who above all seeks to privilege her daughter Amber. On her way, Tracy will find out not only the prejudices towards overweight people but also the racial prejudices prevalent at the time, and she will find love personified by Link Larkin (Zac Efron), the star dancer of the show.

Thus, the director Adam Shankman takes us to an era in which a teenager's dream translated into dance and being part of the latest fashion through costumes and retro art direction that really makes you feel you're watching the 60's, great choreography,the performances of a sensational cast in that absolutely no one is out of place (and by my surprise, in which they all sing and do it very well) and a catchy soundtrack and full of energy and an honest reflection on racial discrimination (which in fact works better than some "Pseudo-adult-manifests-on-racism" like Crash)

Without doubt, Hairspray is a major surprise in every way: a big and great musical with big songs and a big ensemble cast.In other words, is big as its protagonist.

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