When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for his school's star soccer player, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.
Charlie's brother, Sam, dies in a car crash that Charlie survives. Charlie is given the gift of seeing his dead brother and others who he has lost such as his friend who died in the military, but when the girl he falls in love with's life is at risk, he must choose between his girlfriend and his brother.
Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
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
The show title, "Grease", was rifting on "Hair", a Broadway hit about the 60s which had come out a few years before "Grease". In the same way "Hairspray" was a rift on "Grease". See more »
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 »
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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In an alternate ending on the Hairspray DVD, Corny Collins convinces the police chief to arrest Velma von Tussle during the "You Can't Stop the Beat" finale. In addition, Amber von Tussle reforms her ways and dances with one of the "Negro Day" dancers during the final refrain of the song. See more »
20 July 2007. Strangely enough, if this musical film had been released 20 years ago in the eighties, it would have been quite a cinematic feat, but now 20 years later, this good movie seems dated, quaint, and at times manipulative. It's so mainstream, so full of the now expected cliques and politically correct integration and everybody get along themes that its release now is suggestive more of its unfortunate need to be released then its entertainment value. In other words, unlike Chicago or Moulin Rouge, Hairspray doesn't really add much to the cinematic experience than if one went to a live stage production of the same musical. The singing and the acting were all entertaining, but not great in part due to society having supposedly moved on. The retro aspect of this movie seems disconnected from today or if it isn't then its a sad indictment of how society hasn't really made much progress in the last 20 years. Chicago had the cynical look at lawyers that is popular even today, the fascinating look at murder and betrayal, and a whole cinematic courtroom feast while Moulin Rouge has the eternal bittersweet love story and a truly psychedelic musical visual banquet. Instead with Hairspray we get to see how John Travolta becomes a fat mother (transexual almost) with good acting. Oddly enough the star of the show was the little African American girl who won the contest and who out-sang everybody. The dubbing, lip sync onto the movie also was distracted as opposed to a live production. Nevertheless, the movie was entertaining, had good humor thanks to John Travolta, and had good singing voices that resonated but unfortunately 20 years too late.
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