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Hairspray

  • Comedy
  • 1988
  • John Waters (2)
  • 87 mins
  • PG

Summary

John Waters's satire, set in early 1960s Baltimore, starring Ricki Lake and Divine. Podgy teenager Tracy Turnblad, along with her best friend Penny, is a devotee of a fashionable television dance show. When the programme holds a series of auditions for resident dancers, the two friends decide to attend, against the wishes of Tracy's mother Edna.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Ricki Lake may be better known for her weird and wonderful US chat show (that ran until 2004), but it was director John Waters who launched her into stardom with this kitsch classic. Waters tones down his usual excesses, but his mischievous black sense of humour is still very much to the fore in this affectionate salute to Z-grade teen movies. Lake is the fun-loving Tracy Turnblad, who becomes the new teen dancing queen much to the horror of wealthy snobs Debbie Harry and Sonny Bono, who want their daughter to shine. The soundtrack is a constant delight, as is the eclectic cast, which ranges from Waters' regulars Divine (his last movie) and Mink Stole, through to Pia Zadora and former Cars singer Ric Ocasek.

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Credits

Cast

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Tracy TurnbladRicki Lake
Edna Turnblad / Arvin HodgepileDivine
Franklin von TussleSonny Bono
Motormouth MaybellRuth Brown
Amber von TussleColleen Fitzpatrick
Velma von TussleDeborah Harry
Link LarkinMichael St Gerard
Penny PingletonLeslie Ann Powers
SeaweedClayton Prince
Wilbur TurnbladJerry Stiller
Beatnik girlPia Zadora

Crew

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DirectorJohn Waters (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Palace Pictures
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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