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 was very disappointed. I was hoping for something more like Mama Mia, with a good story line also, but this was just singing about random things. Singing going to school, singing riding the bus, blah blah blah...about half-way thru the movie, we just started FF thru the singing parts, they just went on and on...There were also too many topics in this movie - a love story, about being overweight, racism, standing up for what's right, the true meaning of beauty...just too much.
This was one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. It was nice to see some well known actors and actresses all coming together to have a good time. the movie had a message in the end, and it brought back memories of the 60's. John Travolta did a good job,and I laughed at his characters part.
I really enjoyed this movie. John Travolta is truly talented....dancing in a fat suit and in high heels. Who says you can't make a movie with a heavy political statement and it still is enjoyable? I DO
None of the good reviews say "I loved the original and this one is great too." Why? Because they probably never saw the original. Yes, it deals with race relations! It is a time piece! I loved the original movie and this movie could not even light the candle they tried to hold to it. This is what happens when you try to remake a classic. If at first you succeed, DON"T try again. What makes me saddest is the group of actors that took part in this film. I like most of them. I am sooo disappointed in them for taking part in this terrible remake. Also, Travolta can not come close to pulling off a character perfected by Devine.