Good girl Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) and greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
As seniors in high school, Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.
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.
Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her sixteenth year.
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
To facilitate filming for the "Run and Tell That" dance number, the production cut up a 1957 GMC transit bus. According to the DVD commentary, it was cut into 6 pieces. The bus wasn't really moving; that part was filmed in a soundstage. See more »
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. 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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USA Network and ABC broadcasts often remove a few scenes including Queen Latifah's musical number, in order to keep the film in a two hour time-slot. See more »
Throughout this movie (I have never seen the original) I couldn't help thinking about The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The plot is simple but nonetheless bizarre. A "pleasingly plump" teen-aged girl in 1962 wants to dance on Baltimore's version of "American Bandstand" and along the way does her part for civil rights in America. If somebody told me they were going to make a musical about civil rights in the 1960s I would never have believed it. But that is exactly what Hairspray is.
But in a way the movie is spot on. Back then the "crackers" saw themselves as squeaky clean, even when they weren't. The "negros" still lived on the wrong side of the tracks and were usually the only ones sent to detention. Sad to say, while there has been some improvement since then, there is still more to do.
Anyway, it is the circumstance, richly drawn in an outlandish sort of way, that gives this movie its substance. The colors are brash and the soundtrack loud, the dancing well choreographed.
Meanwhile the dialog is often quite hilarious. In one scene Michelle Phiffer is trying to seduce Christopher Walken and he is as obtuse as a 2 X 4. As if. There are several other memorable scenes, such as when the heroine bops a policeman over the head with a protest sign, all designed to convey a message; and that is that it is OK to be different. You don't have to wear your hair the same way as everyone else, or even dance with only those of your own race.
This is rated PG, and I guess I can see why. But some themes are clearly over the heads of most pre-teens, and even many teens whose knowledge of history is spotty won't appreciate the humor.
Still in all, this is a film to remember, worth seeing again.
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