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Hairspray (2007)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 20 July 2007 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 21 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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... Edna Turnblad
... Velma Von Tussle
... Wilbur Turnblad
... Penny Pingleton
... Corny Collins
... Motormouth Maybelle
... Amber Von Tussle
... Link Larkin
... Seaweed
... Prudy Pingleton
... Tracy Turnblad
Taylor Parks ... Little Inez
... Miss Wimsey
... Mr. Spritzer
... Mr. Pinky
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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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For anyone who wanted something bigger, there comes a time to break all the rules. See more »


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Rated PG for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Lak za kosu  »

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$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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Zac Efron and Allison Janney would be in another movie after this: Liberal Arts in 2012. See more »

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during Stop the Beat number when Amber is in the Throne up in the air and tries to get down she slips and her dress seemingly tears but after she falls the dress seems perfectly fine. See more »

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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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Referenced in 2007 MTV Movie Awards (2007) See more »

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I Know Where I've Been
(2000)
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Performed by Queen Latifah
© 2000 Winding Brook Way Music (ASCAP)/Walli Woo Entertainment (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
Queen Latifah appears courtesy of Flavour Unit Records
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Waterish Fun
21 July 2007 | by See 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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