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 have seen the 80's Hairspray movie and it is 10 times better than this one. John Travolta is awesome, but the way the moves was changed such in the scene when Tracy was trying out for the Corney Collins show, they belittled her not just a little but a lot. And the story line about segregation was lost in my opinion. this movie was more like who's better, not about the struggles in the 60's. Don't watch this movie or let you teenager watch it either. Bad report for out kids of today.
I thought this was a pretty good movie. It had a great cast witch made it all the more enjoyible. My kids loved it. Even though my oldest is only 3 she was singing and dancing along with all the songs. But as much as I liked it, it is not one I would buy for myself but maybe for the little ones.
The movie is about the acting, singing, and dancing. It's a movie that we can watch again and again. For what I've heard, they scaled down the campiness of the original broadway musical and movie. Acting is a high point - a very high profile casting who, imho, did their job very well. The dancing is awesome. Very enjoyable.