Hairspray is perhaps John Waters' most accessible film, and as such, it's a gently subversive slice of retro hilarity. Ricki Lake plays Tracy Turnblad, just one of several alliteratively named characters coming of age in Baltimore, where "The Corny Collins Show" is the most popular American Bandstand-type program, watched by hundreds of young dreamers each day after school.
Add your rating See all kid reviews. The update, also set in Baltimore, has slightly less kitsch than the original -- but, thanks to the fabulous soundtrack and adorable cast, even more charm. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky makes heroine Tracy Turnblad zaftig and adorable. Her favorite episodes aren't the lily-white ones hosted by Corny James Marsden but the "Negro Day" specials hosted by Motormouth Maybelle a big and blonde Queen Latifah.
Continue reading Show less Is it any good? Oh, and that cutie pie Efron definitely helps, too.
Travolta should consider his role a gift, since he's more enchanting as Mrs. Turnblad than he's been on screen in more than a decade. Turnblad's husband, Wilbur, Christopher Walken again perfects his mastery of slow talking and soft shoeing.
Waters himself couldn't have cast a better mom and pop odd couple. Some of the best songs and moves belong to the "Negro Day" dancers, like smooth-talking Seaweed Elijah Kelly, who deserves an Efron-esque following of his own after this stand-out performance.
Continue reading Show less Talk to your kids about Families can talk about prejudice and racism. Von Tussle assumes that Tracy isn't talented because of her size, but Tracy proves her wrong.
Tracy's determination and self esteem are strong despite her weight. How are overweight kids discriminated against today?
Even though there's no more segregation, do kids of color get picked on for being different? What does Tracy teach us about judging people and their abilities by their looks?
Families who've seen the original or the Broadway show can also talk about how this movie is similar to -- and different from -- the other incarnations.Hairspray began life in as the first John Waters film to earn a PG rating, despite such subversive elements as the casting of cross-dressing Waters favorite Divine as Edna, the mother of the main character, tubby teenager Tracy Turnblad.
Movies; Hairspray; 0. Rating (0) Loading Hairspray. Trailer. Pleasantly plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad and her best friend, Penny Pingleton audition to be on The Corny Collins Show – and Tracy wins.
But when scheming Amber Von Tussle and her mother plot to destroy Tracy, it turns to chaos. Hairspray movie reviews & Metacritic score: Based on the John Waters’ cult classic, Hairspray is the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair. Hairspray’s Revealing Portrayal of Racism in America.
whose film Hairspray offered up an alternate history, grew into a popular and commercially successful Broadway musical and movie. Nineteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema is bringing a feature film adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway production Hairspray to life.
“Hairspray” is John Waters’ most commercially successful film — the dancing comedy spawned a hit Broadway musical, a movie and TV movie of that musical, plus multiple sequel and TV.