Hairspray (2007)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Musical

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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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29 July 2007 | seawalker
| Great, fun film
If you think that "Grease" is the greatest movie of all time (my eldest Sister does), or you think that what we really need are more films like "Dirty Dancing" (yes, same Sister), or you think that "High School Musical" is the best movie to come along in the past couple of years (no, that was my Niece talking that time) then you are really going to love "Hairspray". Myself I thought it was corny, clichéd, camp beyond belief and as subtle as a sledgehammer.

However, get this. "Hairspray" is totally saved by it's energy, exuberance and great songs. True, John Travolta is a tad underused and a prime example of stunt casting, but he really sparked off Christopher Walken during their scenes together. The whole black/white integration plot was a bit heavy handed, but there was no way that it could have been done more subtly in this kind of movie. Michelle Pfeiffer and Brittany Snow were good as the hissable villains. Amanda Byrnes was lovable as the best friend of the heroine. (And actually kind of sexy. Don't look at me like that. She's 21. I checked. I'm only 43; nearly 44. It could work between us.) Nikki Blonsky, and especially Elijah Kelley, were just bags of energy. They exploded off the screen.

Some won't get "Hairspray". There were some walkouts from the screening I attended. (Boo, hiss! Be off with you to watch robots killing each other!) More fool them. But, if you do get it, "Hairspray" is a great, fun film.

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