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It's Baltimore, 1962, and rebellious "pleasantly plump" teenager with the biggest bouffant on the block, Tracy hopes to be one of the featured stars on a popular dance show and win the coveted "Miss Auto Show" crown as she fights against racial discrimination.
© 1988 New Line Productions, Inc.
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Critics Consensus: Hairspray is perhaps John Waters' most accessible film, and as such, it's a gently subversive slice of retro hilarity.
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A kitschy teen fantasy you can dance to.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tracy, the main character in Hairspray, lies to her parents and sneaks off to make out with her boyfriend. She breaks the law by participating in a sit-in for civil rights, and ends up in reform school. A peer spreads lies and rumors about Tracy, including that she's a "whore," was naked in a car, and that she has cockroaches in her hair. Set in the early 1960s, the movie also depicts acts of racism and homophobia. People are called "queer" and "f--gots," and a white woman calls Motormouth Maybelle a "native woman," even though she's from Baltimore, too. There is some fighting; Tracy's boyfriend has his legs broken, and another character gets a concussion.
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- Release Date:February 26, 1988
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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