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
When a movie is enjoyed by my entire family - ages 8 years to 77 years, I have to give it 4 - 5 stars. Lots of laughs and silliness, clever lyrics and bouncy music, with the message of respect for differences and to not judge people by their appearances.
I suggest watching it with the English subtitles, since the song lyrics sometimes get lost, and they are clever.
Even after all of these years, I had no idea what this film was about. It was the cast that led me to rent it and they were fantastic. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story and wonderful music.
Despite a silly plot, the soundtrack for this musical is fantastic. Christopher Walken, John Travolta (Tracy's Mom!), Queen Latifa support newcomer to the screen Nicki Blonsky as a high schooler Tracy belting her way through 1960's issue of segregation vs. integration in American society, as well as lambasting stereotypies against overweight dancers. She's pretty great,so if you can ignore the schmaltzy writing, it's at least entertaining & toe tapping.
When my daughter first wanted to see this movie, I thought it would surely be a snoozer. Boy was I wrong! It was great! We purchased the movie after renting it and have watched it at least a dozen times. Great cast--Travolta was excellent. So funny and entertaining.
Went in not expecting much, was greatly surprised. 11 yr old, and a husband who hates musicals, laughed thru-out the movie, as did I. Some great vocalists, and love Queen Latifah. It was fun to watch Travolta as a woman, you could tell he must have had a blast filming this. Light, silly, (little heavy on race a bit, but that was the times then)...a great escape from reality of life. Watched it twice. But i love musicals.