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
Though the original and the Broadway versions of this movie are phenomenal, this one didn't quite have that certain something. While some actors like John Travolta and Queen Latifah delivered their parts perfectly, others such as Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, and Brittney Snow were completely wrong for their roles. To me this version did not win Miss Auto-Show 2007.
If you love musicals than there is no doubt you will love this one as well. Although some re-makes can go either way, this one was perfect, not only did it have the origonal theme but it also added some 2007 flavor, to get our youngins in to it. My niece is 16 and she loved it! Hope every one enjoys it as much as I did.
I was really looking forward to seeing this movie, what a mess! too much useless singing, John Travolta, who I love was rediculous, I hated the way he played the character. This movie was not as fun or as funny as the original. so much of the good stuff was left out for the singing of boring songs, and the dancing was no where near as cool. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS ONE, WATCH THE ORIGINAL ITS A BLAST NOT A BORE.
Good Movie!! John Travolta as a woman, Hilarious!! I'd watch this again but my spouse doesn't like musicals so this will probably be my only time. Great cast all around. Everyone did a spectacular job. The love story between the two main characters was iffy but I liked the setting and all the beautiful colors!! Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!! Adam Shankman, You Rock!!
When I rented this movie, I knew it looked pretty bad anyhow. I was invited to go see it at the movie theatre, but I did NOT want to waste twenty dollars on something like THIS. Anyhow, the movie has many really bad scenes for children, when it is supposed to be a children movie. Also, the John Travolta thing is just... disturbing! Throughout the whole movie I wondered how much they payed him to act like the gay nutcase he acted like on the movie. I hated the music, the dancing is not appropiate! For some reason it spends half the movie talking about Racial Segregation. I am never watching this movie again, and I suggest you don't either!
i loved this remake but PLEASE john travolta drove me batty. it was so funny to see him as a woman and his singing and dancing were top notch but is was weird. i would definately watch it again even though john spooked me out hehe
John Waters has a brief walk-on as a "flasher" in the opening. John Travolta's acting wasn't big enough. In trying to perfect his weird Maryland accent he sounded like he had a mouth full of marbles. The black/white race themes don't work well in a musical comedy. Zach Efron trying to learn dance moves from a black kid was gawky. That's more far fetched today than in the 60's. The great Walken is still a master of deadpan. Some quirks: In a group dance number on the Corny Collins show, there's a move taken straight from Michael Jackson's "Thriller". In the opening solo number, the lyrics refer to the modern 60's while the camera pans over to a shiny, red car. The car is a 1930's something. Most of the acting failed to go over-the-top. Only James Marsden hit the mark as Corny Collins. Latifah didn't quite. It all just seemed too easy for Blonski and Travolta which made it boring. This film is destined to go down in obscurity.
It's a musical on racial integration in the 1960's. A young overweight opinionated teenager wants to be on a musical TV show even with the odds stacked against her. If you can handle stereotypes and see it as humorous rather than offensive, you may just enjoy it. This is tasteful stereotyping. The movie pokes fun at conservationists, racists, the upper class, and television media amongst other groups. John Travolta also did an excellent job as a woman. Yes, you heard me. He's a overweight mom in this movie. Quite amusing to see him in this role.
I was able to enjoy the movie to a limited extent, but that may be due to my deafness. My girlfriend Jackie is not deaf, and when she saw this movie, she was laughing often. She said it was a good movie.
Would I recommend it to just about anyone? No. If you enjoy musicals, this one is a definite recommendation as long as you don't mind stereotyping. Otherwise, move along.