Rated PG; Directed by Adam Shankman; Starring Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, James Marsden, Amanda Byrnes, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney

Have you been feeling grumpy lately? Can’t seem to smile at anything? Well, the cure for you is to sit yourself down at a showing of Hairspray. I dare you to try and NOT smile. It’s impossible. Hairspray is one of those effervescent films that leaves you feeling goofy and good and puts a grin on your face.

Originally based on John Waters 1988 film of the same name, Hairspray is an adaptation of the Broadway musical version, which means singing and dancing – and there’s plenty of both. In 1962 Baltimore, young Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) creates a ruckus when she becomes one of the teen dancers on the “Corny Collins Show.” Tracy isn’t exactly a petite girl and she riles up the show’s manager, ex-beauty queen Velma Von Tussle (deliciously played by Michelle Pfeiffer), who has certain standards, including keeping the show non-integrated (there’s only Negro Day once a month) and making sure that her daughter Amber (Brittany Snow) gets plenty of camera time.

If you’ve seen the original Hairspray you’ll know a good chunk of the plot. The difference is the singing and dancing, though the music is upbeat and tuneful, it’s not memorable. Still, who cares? With a wonderful performance from newcomer Nikki Blonsky as Tracy, plus some killer scene steeling from Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Alison Janney, and James Marsden (who is a surprise as the singing Corny Collins), the movie keeps an audience entertained. The show even survives John Travolta in a fat suit playing Tracy’s mother.

So, go warm up those smile muscles and get your grins in place. You’ll need them when you go see Hairspray.


19 Responses to “Hairspray”

  1. Whorod Says:

    Honestly, the original was tough to watch. My girlfriend really wants to see this one. After reading th review, maybe I’ll cave in. But just maybe. 😉

  2. Cassidy Says:

    Thanks!! This is my new fav movie!!! it’s pretty great!!! I love it!!! And Zac was hotter tha hotter than ever as Link!!!

  3. Cassidy Says:

    Zac Is Hot!!!

  4. Cassidy Says:

    Zac Is Hot and my man!!

  5. dilettanteville Says:

    Whorod, be warned…it’s fluffy, silly, and has lots of singing and dancing. Some people hate that. I love it. So take my review with a grain of salt, though if she gives in and sees the kinds of movies you like you should be a gent and take her to this one. 😉

    It’s a fun film, you won’t hate it. Just realize it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

  6. Cassidy Says:

    u will so not hate it peeps

  7. Cassidy Says:

    I just saw it for the 2nd time

  8. Cassidy Says:

    Zac Rules This Movie

  9. Cassidy Says:

    Plus It Funny When Edna (john Travo;ta) bumps into the door

  10. soorajrox Says:

    I enjoyed the movie. Commendable performances, especially Christopher Walken. Did feel that Travolta was ugly, yet good to watch.
    Another thing I noticed was the similarities of the movie names between Hairspray and Grease – both names were something they put in their hair(of course from hairspray it’s obvious). It’s just that , made me think why the directors came up with these movie names.

  11. dilettanteville Says:

    Yeah, but there’s something wacky when you think about Grease vs Hairspray. Grease was originally a Broadway musical that was made into a movie. Hairspray was originally a movie made into a Broadway musical and then remade into a movie musical. I wonder if director John Waters was thinking of Grease when he named that first Hairspray movie? Then again, hairspray plays a big part in the film — Tracy gets in trouble for really high hair and the Corny Collins show is sponsored by a hairspray company.

  12. charlotte Says:

    hairspray is well cool

  13. Greenierl Says:

    The movie, is so, so great! I love it!

  14. Thomas Says:

    The movie is so funny, I love both Tracy and Amber!!!

  15. emperorbananaketchup Says:

    I’m a hetero dude, but I loooved this film so much I nearly broke out in steps upon leaving the cinema screening this beaut!!!

  16. lola Says:

    zac is sooooooo hott only in this movie =]

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  18. peyvand Says:

    he is my favorit actor and he is very very nice.

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