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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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
Tayla Parx Tayla Parx ... Little Inez (as Taylor Parks)
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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Rated PG for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking | See all certifications »

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In the song "I Can Hear The Bells", which features a delusional Tracy picturing her and Link's first date, wedding and the day they died, Nikki Blonsky was reportedly ill during filming, which was, initially, going to be put on hold, but it fitted perfectly. See more »

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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. See more »

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[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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Spoofed in Dance Flick (2009) See more »

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The New Girl in Town
(2007)
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
© 2007 New Line Tunes (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
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Great, cheesy fun!
16 July 2007 | by newma_nbwaySee all my reviews

Obviously a big-budget, flashy musical remake of a John Waters film is never going to be as subversive or as comically edgy as its predecessors, but one of the good things about HAIRSPRAY is that it never intends to be. It fully embraces the cheesy, over-the-top aspect of a movie musical from frame one, a trait that most other current films of its type try to avoid. In a welcome change from the summer drudgery of explosions and CGI, this film is a pure feel-good crowd pleaser where excitement and energy rise above all.

Everyone in the cast gives able performances; even Travolta who, in drag and a fat suit, seems at first off-putting, beginning a one-joke "hey I'm a man in a dress!" performance, quickly grows into his own as Edna does, becoming the most crowd-pleasing character by the film's end. It's a pleasure to see a former GREASE-r returning to what made him famous, but Travolta proves surprisingly agile in the comedy department, especially during his song and dance numbers.

The real enjoyment here, however, and the truly great performances are given by the younger members of the cast. Every single teenager in the film, from the leads to the chorus boy in the back of the room are injected with an unshakable, undeniable energy that reaches through the screen and captivates the viewer. This rings true especially for the film's two major finds: newcomers Nikki Blonsky and Elijah Kelly. Both of them have that instant star quality, a charisma and charm that make them instantly likable. Kelly displays simply astounding singing and dancing skills, while Blonsky easily carries the entire film of her shoulders, becoming the heart and soul of the movie with one hip thrust.

HAIRSPRAY has nothing much to offer besides two hours of entertainment and escapism, but it offers it in spades. It is a pure joy to watch from beginning to end and a welcome change of pace from the big-budget action film that surround its release. Yes, it's a musical and yes, it's over-the-top, but the audience is sold on that point from the first moment Tracy opens her mouth and the audience cannot help but be sucked in.


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Release Date:

20 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,800,000, 22 July 2007

Gross USA:

$118,871,849

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$203,553,311
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