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 thought this movie was entertaining and I liked the cast very much. Nikki Blonsky was very cute and the rest of the cast was energetic and fun. And what's not to like about John Travolta dancing for us again?
Disappointing after all the hype. Unless you're totally into musicals don't waste your time. Travolta is entertaining for about ten minutes and then all the songs start to sound alike. Queen L is amazing as always.
This movie was a great movie. You just hang on waiting to know what happens next, if you hadn't seen the original like I hadn't. I loved it so much. The actors did a great job with their roles. Maybe a bit too much singing but great none the less. Christopher Walken must have had a hard time with John Travolta but he didn't seem like it.
Dance routines were limp....they could have used some hairspray! (With the exeption of two routines that I thought were b+)
Cast was not used to their full potential, with the exeption of John Travolta--he seemed to be having a blast with this role. This is mainstream stuff....
I liked the message of this film -- but the casting wasn't that wonderful. I definitely agree with the casting of Tracy Turnblad and Link, but as for the rest of the cast? Ehhh, so-so. Amanda Bynes, though a good actress, didn't have that great of a voice. Don't even get me started on John Travolta's role as a woman. He couldn't even really talk like a woman and talked with a ridiculous accent throughout the film. Actually if it hadn't been for Travolta, I might've given this film 4 1/2 stars.
I can't imagine someone not liking this movie. It makes you smile, smile, smile. Every character was cast beautifully. James Marsden steals the show, sorry Zach I loved you too! Every song just makes you want to dance. Pure entertainment and isn't that what it's all about? Please "Don't Stop The Beat"!
John Travolta's character was DISTURBING...especially the singing parts when he totally sounded like a man. It's like he didn't even try to disguise his voice. The songs were lame...way too much singing - and too many suggestive comments/scenes. Christopher Walken was the best actor in the movie. The original Hairspray with Ricki Lake was 100 times better than this.
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