Hairspray

Hairspray

Adam Shankman (2007)

111min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
If any movie musical could threaten the standing of retro favourite Grease, it's this one. Director Adam Shankman adapts the hit Broadway show, itself spun off from John Waters's 1988 camp classic, retaining the original story (plus a few tweaks). Set in 1962, this has the amply proportioned Tracy Turnblad (a stunning debut by Nikki Blonsky) attempting to realise her dream of becoming a featured dancer on a local Baltimore TV teen show. She wows host Corny Collins (James Marsden) with her moves, but is then confronted by the twin menaces of racial prejudice and scheming showbiz mum Velma von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer), who also happens to be the manager of the TV station. The cast is terrific - a fat-suited John Travolta is a delight as Tracy's mother, Edna - and each lead gets a solo in the spotlight before the rousing finale. With its catchy songs, well-groomed performances and slickly teased dance routines, this tuneful toe-tapper is simply irresistible fun.

Summary

Musical remake of the comedy about Tracy, an overweight teenager in 1960s Baltimore, who dreams of appearing on a TV dance show. However, a jealous rival and her scheming mother are determined to destroy her ambition - especially when Tracy tries to fight racism in the community. Starring Nikki Blonsky, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Queen Latifah and John Travolta in drag as the heroine's mother.

Cast & Crew

Edna Turnblad John Travolta
Velma von Tussle Michelle Pfeiffer
Wilbur Turnblad Christopher Walken
Penny Pingleton Amanda Bynes
Corny Collins James Marsden
Motormouth Maybelle Queen Latifah
Tracy Turnblad Nikki Blonsky
Amber von Tussle Brittany Snow
Link Larkin Zac Efron
Seaweed Elijah Kelley
Director Adam Shankman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdGuidance: Some swearing and sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Jul 2007
Comedy Music