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 heard good things about it but was disappointed. I found it a little boring and there were a few too many songs (and I like musicals) The movie was about race relations, which is good, but it hits you over the head like a sledgehammer. I like more subtle plot lines.
Wow, I knew it wasn't gonna live up to the original with Ricki Lake...but shocking it was worse. Way too much singing(odd I know) but SO very true..I was bored...Props to John T and Nikki B. ...oh yea and Amanda B. other then that..waste of time RENT THE ORIGINAL w/ Ricki Lake! You'll be glad you did!! :O)
Horrible from start to finish. Not at all like the original. I can take musicals but this was just a disjointed bunch of songs surrounded by minute amounts of dialog. Like my son told his wife and my wife midway through it, "You really owe Dad and me a lot of football for making us sit through this.