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(2007)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

On two occasions, a red 1963 Chevrolet is seen. They were not in production until the fall of 1962, but the movie is set in the spring.
When Tracy hitches a ride to school atop a garbage truck, the vehicle is an International Harvester Cargostar model not manufactured until the late 1970's.
Tracy's headboard bookshelf clearly shows three Disney's 'Annette' books. One of the books, "The Mystery at Smugglers Cove", was not published until 1963. The books are visible during the "Good Morning Baltimore" and "Without Love" numbers.
At several points in the film self-inflating whoopee cushions are depicted, but cushions of the self-inflating variety were not available until the 1990s.
During the initial song "Good morning, Baltimore", Tracy is walking on the street. She stops while singing and on the bottom right is the back of a Cadillac. The 1963-style tail fin and 2 square lights below it are visible.
In a classroom scene, the elevation of Mount Everest is listed on the green board as 29,035 feet. Although this information is correct, the correct elevation of Everest could not be determined before GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. At the time the events in the movie were to have occurred (1962), the accepted elevation of Mount Everest was 29,028 feet.
During the first musical number 'Good Morning Baltimore', Tracy runs across the street from an Esso to look at her reflection in a store window. In this window passed Tracy's reflection a modern plastic water cooler can be seen in the store. The water cooler has a red and blue button with a blue light in the indent for the water spout.
In the movie opening scenes, the newspaper shown is dated May 3, 1962. However, the headlines refer to events that occurred in September of '62 (Liston-Patterson fight and also Barnett defying Supreme Court's ruling to allow Negroes to attend Mississippi University).
In the "Miss Teenage Hairspray" scenes within the TV studio, the opening of the show uses moving lights which weren't introduced until the late 80s, despite the attention to detail using lighting fixtures appropriate to the period in the TV studio
In "Welcome to the 60s", Edna and Mr Pinky are negotiating Tracy's contract. Edna asks Mr Pinky to 'throw in a bustier'. The word 'bustier' did not enter the English language until the 1970s, some ten years after the film is set. Incidentally, the outfit that Edna is later seen in is not a bustier.
In "Good Morning Baltimore", a 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air passes by.
There are a number of musical anachronisms: songs, LPs that were not yet available in 1962. The Top 10 chart on the CC Show has "Leader of the Pack" and other songs yet to be released. Motormouth's record store racks show, among others, Junior Walker & the All-Stars' "Road-Runner" LP, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "A Pocketfull of Miracles" LP, and a Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell LP, all not released for another few years.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Whem Penny and Tracy's Parents are watching the show, the characters are introducing themselves. When Tracy introduces herself, you can hear Edna scream, but it is obviously fake because the scream is way too low and her lips and the scream are out of sync.

Character error 

During the history class scene right before "Run and Tell That" the teacher writes on the board about the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He writes September 1st, but the correct date is September 5th, 1775, when it first convened.
During "You Can't Stop the Beat", while Edna is dancing and singing, they pan over to Link, who is also singing. The words he sings do not match the words that Edna sings.

Continuity 

All during the movie, the blond portions of Tracy's hair change. The blond streaks below her headband don't appear until her first appearance on the Corny Collins show. Especially during "Welcome to the Sixties", the blond streaks above Tracy's headband constantly change, even during the same scene as the camera shots are from different directions or they change locations, such as from room to room in the home and from inside to outside.
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.
When Penny hides behind the sofa when her mom enters the room she bounces a pillow off, in the next shot the pillow is back on the sofa.
During "Run and Tell That", Link's arms are crossed, at his sides the next shot, crossed the next and return to being at his sides.
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During the "You Can't Stop the Beat" number, keep an eye on the large board with the bar charts illustrating how many viewers voted for each Miss Hairspray. The bar charts are not consistent between close up and long shots. Close up shots show Amber almost winning, Tracy close on her heels. Long shots during dance numbers show Tracy trailing by quite a bit.
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During 'You Can't Stop the Beat', Amber, standing behind Corny Collins, repeatedly moves from his left to his right between shots.
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At the start of "Good Morning Baltimore," Tracy's alarm clock changes position three times.
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At the beginning of "Run and Tell That", Penny's pigtails have little to no curl. On the bus, they become more curled, and during "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful", they are perfectly curled.
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During "Run and Tell That", Seaweed introduces Little Inez, with his arm around her neck which causes her collar to crinkle, but then the camera switches to Tracy and then back to Seaweed and Inez, but the collar is no longer crinkled.
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After "I Know Where I've Been", when the crowd is chanting "2, 4, 6, 8, T.V.'s got to integrate," Edna is clutching her white purse under her right forearm, but then the camera pans out and the purse move back to her side.
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During "Run and Tell That", when the students get onto the bus, its number is 17. When the students are inside the bus, its number is 26.
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When Link is telling Amber off for teasing Tracy, the chair in front of Link is touching his desk, but in the next shot it isn't. It then continually changes between shots.
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In the scene with Mr. Pinky, after he gives Tracy donuts, Edna moves her purse from her right arm to her left arm twice.
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When Tracy and Edna are entering Pinky's Hefty Hideaway, a pink Cadillac disappears and reappears twice between shots.
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During the end of 'Run and Tell That', the order in which Tracy, Penny and Link get off the bus changes. Internal shots show Tracy coming off first, then Penny and then Link. When seen from the outside, however, Penny is the first of the three off, followed by Tracy and then Link.
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During Tracy's first show on "The Corny Collins Show", Amber is wearing a white layered dress. But a shot during the same scene, where everyone is facing the back of the set, shows Amber wearing the pink and white striped dress that she wears in the beginning of the movie. After that shot, she is back in the white layered dress.
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When Tracy gets off the garbage truck there's a car behind it. But as she crosses the street and the shot changes, the car disappears.
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In "Miss Baltimore Crabs" There is a man with a clipboard standing in the background and he disappears from shot to shot. In the same number Penny moves closer and farther away from the group of girls auditioning.
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At the end of "It's Hairspray", Amber changes her positions 3 times. First, she's on Corny's left. The next shot, she's on his right. The following shot she's back to his left.
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In the scene when Motormouth Maybelle is singing, "I Know Where I've Been", they do 3 quick scenes when Maybelle is singing the lyrics, "There's a dream..." and the crowd behind here sings background. The guy in the stripped shirt is up stage of Tracy, in the next camera pan, he is stage right by 2 people from Tracy. Then, in a quick closeup of Tracy, he is back upstage (behind) Tracy. Then, they pan back to a wide shot of the crowd and he is back stage right of Tracy.
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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.
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During "Ladies Choice", Seaweed is shown dancing with a white girl despite his explicitly stating earlier in the scene that the dance is segregated.
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Errors in geography 

In the opening number "Good Morning Baltimore", when Tracy is singing down the street, TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) streetcars are clearly visible at least twice.

Factual errors 

During the opening "Good Morning Baltimore" song segment, a school bus labeled "Patterson School District" passes behind Tracy on the streets of Baltimore. Although she attends Patterson Park High School, it's still the Baltimore School District.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Penny is taking Tracy's parents to the TV to see Tracy on the Corny Collins Show, Edna says "You think I wanna think [John Glenn]'s really up there?" While some might believe she is referring to the moon landing, which occurred in July 1969 (7 years after the movie takes place), Edna is in fact referring to John Glenn orbiting the Earth, which occurred in February 1962, following the approximate time line for the movie.

Plot holes 

In "Timeless To Me," who lit the candle? Edna and Tracy were at Mr. Pinky's shop. When they came back and Tracy went to bed, Edna changed then sang "Big Blond and Beautiful." Edna was then crying on the bed.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Edna discovers Tracy at Motormouth Maybelle's record store party, the prosthetic makeup around John Travolta's mouth can be seen cracking and separating when his lips purse.
Though specifically set in May and June of 1962, many of the trees seen in exterior shots have browning leaves, as the film was shot in the fall.
In the first "Nicest Kids In Town" number Amber Von Tussle is wearing a stripped pink dress and has her hair done like a bee hive. In the second "Nicest Kids In Town" number you can see a small clip from behind of her wearing the same thing. The first clip was used a second time.
In Geography class after the "Good Morning Baltimore" when the teacher is writing the height of Mt. Everest on the board you can plainly see that it has been written then erased, probably because a retake of the scene.

Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

During the awarding of Miss Teenage Hairspray, Tracy sends Inez to go claim her award in both the close up shot and the wide shot.

See also

Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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