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Hairspray (2007)

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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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Adam Shankman

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Leslie Dixon (screenplay), John Waters | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 21 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Edna Turnblad
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Velma Von Tussle
Christopher Walken ... Wilbur Turnblad
Amanda Bynes ... Penny Pingleton
James Marsden ... Corny Collins
Queen Latifah ... Motormouth Maybelle
Brittany Snow ... Amber Von Tussle
Zac Efron ... Link Larkin
Elijah Kelley ... Seaweed
Allison Janney ... Prudy Pingleton
Nikki Blonsky ... Tracy Turnblad
Taylor Parks Taylor Parks ... Little Inez
Jayne Eastwood ... Miss Wimsey
Paul Dooley ... Mr. Spritzer
Jerry Stiller ... Mr. Pinky
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Storyline

Tracy Turnblad, a 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 teen regular. With the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy is chosen, angering evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that black kids can only dance on the show once a month (on "Negro Day"), 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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hairspray See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,476,745, 20 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$118,871,849

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$202,548,575
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Aretha Franklin auditioned for the role of Motormouth Maybelle, but lost out to Queen Latifah. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

Starting in August, in select theaters, a sing-along version of the film with on-screen lyrics was released. See more »

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Referenced in The Question Jury: Episode #2.19 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Waterish Fun
21 July 2007 | by marcosaguadoSee all my reviews

Not that I'm surprised that I liked it but yes that I liked it as much as I did. Keeping some of the lovely John Water garishness but mainstreaming it enough to make it mainstream. John Travolta in the Divine part is truly divine. He went for it and played it for real. I thought it was actually moving at times and the illusion works, beautifully. Michelle Pfeiffer opening a new chapter in her career, the thin as a rail, gorgeous, middle age bitch. Great fun to watch. Christopher Walken, adorable. I had hoped a bigger splash of a dance number between Travolta and Walken - after all they were playing husband and wife in a musical and when are we going to see that again. Their moments together are, how can I put it? Nice, very nice. Nikki Blonsky inherits Riki Lake's oversize heroine with gusto and lots of energy. Allison Jenney, as usual, steals every moment she's in. Alas, far too few, and John Waters plays a quick cameo as a Baltimore flasher. What else do you want out of life.


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