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'd never seen the play but I'd heard lots of the hype for the movie and decided to wait for the DVD. I now wish I had seen it in a theatre.
Nikki Blonski is a joy to behold and all of the performances were excellent with John Travolta's Edna character as the best of the best. The big production number at the end "You Can't Stop The Beat" was awesome...I played that over and over.
I'd recommend this DVD to anyone looking for a fun time.
I really enjoyed this movie, but have to admit it just wasn't as good as the first. Some of the characters were better than the originals (Corny Collins played by James Marsden is a perfect example of this), but John Travolta is only a close second to Tracy's mom in the original. People should see it for sure, but just remember, it isn't the original!
Fun, joy, loving, wonderful film. Nikki Blonsky is fantastic, overnight success... wow.... good for her. I enjoyed the film so much, the music is heart warming, the story is set during the segregations 1960tis, obviously. Happy ending.
You'll love it!!! highly recommended.
This movie had jokes about many types of people, and a ton of energy. Newcomer Nikki Blonski was great as high schooler who loves to dance, and wanted to be on a show that only featured better looking people. The TV show's manager was a weird, biased parent who had won a prize in a minor contest and wanted to be sure her daughter won in this competion. This movie is well worth watching.
Is it that I'm suffering from some disease where I keep remembering good songs? I watched this with a friend (her second viewing) and there wasn't one song worth remembering. I'd stop the DVD after each song and say, "Tell me one line in the song." She couldn't. "
Freeze film again: "Hum one line of the melody." She couldn't.
They were uninspiring songs. My friend never saw "West Side Story" which shocked me but I was able to give her three song titles from it that she'd heard elsewhere but never knew their origin. Each time she said she had heard of that song I'd yell, "It's from West side Story." I do tend to yell, but the point was that the songs were good. The weren't thrown together just to call the movie a musical and sell some "soundtrack" CD's. "Maria," "America," "I Feel Pretty," "Some thing's Comin'" and "Tonight." I rest my case.
I was looking forward to this, but wow was I disappointed! I never thought a musical could have too much singing and dancing, but this one does. I was falling asleep at times. I liked the non-musical version of this the most. And I love John Travolta, but not as a woman!