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
My family absolutely loved this movie. I can't get them to let me return it, so we're going to have to buy a copy. We loved the music and plan to buy the soundtrack, too. It was also funny and did a great job of handling and prejudice. My only negative is John Travolta. I am a huge fan and love his work, but I actually thought his character was distracting. He's too tall and his voice isn't right for a female.
Although I prefer the original film version starring Ricki Lake (who made a cameo btw!) this version was very light and bubbly. At times, I felt like Nikki Blonsky was trying too hard, but it was a great debut for her. John Travolta sounded a bit too much like Dr. Evil from Austin Powers for my taste, but I found myself singing along with this movie. I'd recommend this film.
This wasn't a great musical movie, but it wasn't horrible either. I thought it was a decent movie and worth the time to watch. They found a great girl to play Rikki's old part, they looked almost alike. But I will have to say that Travolta looked scary as a female. Great actors and a great story. If you like musical films then I think you will like this one, I recommend you pick it up when you get the chance.