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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23 July 2007 | femaleanimefan
10
| I Am Shocked
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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the cast jokingly called "You Can't Stop the Beat" "you can't stop to breathe" because of its pace and fast-moving lyrics. Queen Latifah said she had no trouble singing a lot of words very quickly because of her background as a rapper.


Quotes

Tracy Turnblad: 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 ...


Goofs

During the start "Welcome to the 60's", Edna is wearing a blue, brown and purple plaid dress. Later in the film, Tracy calls her in a scene following "Without Love", and Edna is wearing the same dress. This is impossible as on that same night, Edna has been shown wearing a purple top and purple skirt, and later her purple road. It is likely both scenes of Edna answering the phone where shot in the same time period.


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.


Soundtracks

Welcome to the 60s
Music by
Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Performed by Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta with Kamilah Marshall, Terita Redd and Shayna Steele
(c) 2000 Winding Brook Way Music (ASCAP)/Walli Woo Entertainment (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved

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Comedy | Drama | Musical | Romance

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