Adam Shankman's adaptation of the stage musical Hairspray, itself an adaptation of the non-musical John Waters film of the same name, stars Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high-school student whose only dream is to be on a local Baltimore teen dance program. While her father (Christopher Walken) tells her to follow her dreams, her mother Edna (John Travolta in drag) reminds her that she doesn't look like the girls on that show. After impressing the show's host (James Marsden), Tracy earns a coveted spot on the program, but when she becomes a popular addition to the cast, she earns the wrath of the prettiest girl in school -- a girl whose mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) just happens to operate the local television station. Tracy's visit to detention hall opens her eyes to the racial tension on the show, as does the budding relationship between her best friend (Amanda Bynes) and an African-American boy named Seaweed (Elijah Kelley). Thus empowered, Tracy attempts to integrate the races on her favorite program. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
I love this movie.....the characters, the story lline and the music in it. It has a lot of energetic songs, so I turn it on and listen to it while doing home projects. The music keeps me motivated and energetic.
I was anticipating an entertaining musical with John Travolta as his usual phenomenal self. This movie was all about race relations and was even lacking in content with that concept. I could not recognize one song, nor did I care to. Also all the singing was way too long and silly. I realize the movie is set in 1960, but it was so non-commital to any generation of music. It was a waste of Travolta and Queen Latifah's talents.
I really loved the movie Hairspray that starred Ricki Lake, so I thought that the newer version would be a good movie to see... I was wrong! This version sucked to say the least! The story line was similiar in some ways but it was different in most. I guess I was spoiled by the first one. Don't get me wrong, a few of the actors were great, John Travolta, but that's about all I can say nice about the movie. I will say that if you haven't seen the version with Ricki Lake then you might like this version.
This is a POOR excuse for a musical. The songs were NOT good, memorable or music worthy.Plus it took some great acting
from christopher walken and John Travolta to elevate this movie from BOMB status to just slightly higher than Bomb status. And it didnt work. I am giving this a ONE star movie and am TOTALLY FAIR. This movie is a SKIPPER unless you are a glutton for ANY kind of musical.
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