Hairspray

Hairspray
Hairspray
  • PG
  • 1h 57m
  • 2007
Certified Fresh91%
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From Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, executive producers of the Oscar®-winning Chicago, comes a new film version of the TonyAward-winning Broadway smash, based on John Waters' original cult classic 1988 musical-comedy film. Set in Waters' beloved native Baltimore during the 1960s TV dance-show craze, Hairspray tells the story of zaftig high school "hairhopper" Tracy Turnblad as she graduates from outsider to celebrity trend setter. With the help of co-stars John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Amanda Bynes, Michelle Pfeiffer and more, she stars on "The Corny Collins Show," wins the heart of resident hunk Link Larkin and kicks down the barriers to racial integration on local television--all without messing up her hair!

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Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.
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Common Sense Says
Infectiously fun musical with a message.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this musical adaptation of the Broadway hit will appeal to tweens thanks to stars like Amanda Bynes and High School Musical's Zac Efron. It's a bit tamer than the John Waters original -- there's less cursing and fighting -- but the themes are the same: accepting people's differences, whether because of their looks or their skin color. Kids younger than 11 will miss much of the meaning while still being entertained by the characters and the production. Some of the song lyrics are a tad sexually suggestive: "I won't go all the way/but I'll go pretty far" and "The darker the berry/the sweeter the juice" are just two examples. Since it's set in the early '60s, African Americans are called "Negroes" (and, in one case, "lawn jockeys"). There are a lot of weight-based insults and one case of parental abuse: Mrs. Pingleton literally ties Penny to her bed and calls her a "devil child." In one scene, three "bad girls" are shown smoking in the school bathroom, while adults sit in a smoke-filled teachers' lounge.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:July 20, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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