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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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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:

Lak za kosu 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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Edna (John Travolta's character) says "Look, if you want to be famous, learn how to take blood outta car upholstery". This could be seen as a reference to Pulp Fiction (1994), when Travolta's character (Vince) accidentally shoots Marvin in Jules' (Samuel L. Jackson) car. They have to take the car to Jules' friend and call in the Wolf (a man who deals with big problems) to help them clean up the mess that's all over them and the car. So Travolta's character does indeed have to take blood out of car upholstery. However, the line has appeared in other productions; this relation may be a coincidence. See more »

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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. 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

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 »


Soundtracks

The Nicest Kids in Town (Reprise)
(2001)
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Performed by James Marsden
© 2001 Winding Brook Way Music (ASCAP)/Walli Woo Entertainment (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
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I Am Shocked
23 July 2007 | by femaleanimefanSee all my reviews

I am shocked at how much I liked this movie. When I first heard about it, I wasn't too excited. I'm not a big fan of musicals and I didn't think this would make me warm up to them. But I really loved this movie. It was absolutely fantastic. I was forced into seeing this movie and I didn't expect it to be that good.

My sister asked me to take her daughters, Jacqueline and Emma to see the movie and I was a little reluctant to at first, but I eventually agreed to go. It wasn't as good as Transformers, but it was a ton of fun! My nieces were smiling to the whole movie and so was I. It was just very funny and extremely enjoyable.

The whole cast was absolutely superb. Nikki Blonsky has talent. She pulled off the role of Tracy great. Amanda Bynes was great as Tracy's pal, Penny. I like Amanda, she is a funny girl. John Travolta as Edna, Tracy's mom. Wow. Pretty good. Michelle Pheiffer and Brittany Snow play snotty mother and daughter, Velma and Amber Von Tussel. They were pretty funny. Christopher Walken is excellent as always. Queen Latifa as Motormouth Maybelle was pretty damn hilarious. Zac Efron as the dreamy Linc Larkin. He was pretty cool. Elijah Kelley as Seaweed was just awesome!

The script was pretty awesome. The songs were good and you may find yourself tapping your feet to the music. The dialogue was fun and absolutely hilarious. The characters were very, very likable. You may even grow attached to the antagonists. It was very well written and the cast proved that even more.

If you want to have a fun time at the movies, I really recommend Hairspray. Even the guys will love it. The songs, script, and cast were all excellent and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Even though I loathe musicals, this one was great. Go watch it. It's very entertaining.

Cast: 10/10 Songs: 9/10 Choreography: 9/10 Writing: 10/10 Characters: 10/10

Overall Score: 10/10


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