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Hairspray

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6.71 h 51 min2007X-RayPG
When her chance to dance on "The Corny Collins Show." arrives, Tracy Turnblad grooves her way into instant stardom and the eyes of teen dream Link Larkin. Tracy will need the help of her best friend Penny, her big – hearted mother and co-host Motormouth Maybelle to show the world that all it takes to make a dream come true is a little HAIRSPRAY!
Directors
Adam Shankman
Starring
John TravoltaQueen LatifahNikki Blonsky
Genres
ComedyDramaRomance
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Zac EfronChristopher WalkenMichelle Pfeiffer
Producers
Neil MeronCraig Zadan
Studio
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4.6 out of 5 stars

6941 global ratings

  1. 79% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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daedalReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 January 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good all round family entertainment, plus John Travolta as a female makes it a great film to watch
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If you haven't seen the original version don't worry you don't need to. If you have then at least you know the basics of how the film goes.

"It's rare that a movie captures the intensity and excitement of a live Broadway musical production while appealing to a broader movie-going audience, but the 2007 Hairspray is an energetic, powerfully moving film that does just that. A re-make of the 1988 musical film Hairspray the new Hairspray is a film adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical and features more likeable characters than the original film and an incredible energy that stems from a great cast, fabulous new music, and the influence of musical producer Craig Zadan. What remains constant throughout all three versions of Hairspray is the story's thought-provoking exploration of prejudice and racism. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the film opens with chubby girl Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) singing her heart out in a rendition of "Good Morning Baltimore" that, while admittedly a bit too long, sets the farcical tone for the film."

I think the above statement gives you a good idea of what the actual film is about, but there is so much more than just a musical about prejudice and racism.

For one you have John Travolta playing Tracy Turnblad's mother, yes you read right, John Travolta is dressed up like a women, talks like a women, in fact is a women all through this movie, and he does it very well. That for me was enough to make this film worth watching.

If you are a fan of musicals you are bound to love this as well, its good a story that can easily stand the test of time, even though humanity has moved on from the prejudice of the 60's films like this are still an effective reminder even if done in a comical musical way.

Zac Efron plays his part well, but then this wasn't long on from his High School Musical days so he was still in the 'teen musical' frame of actorship. James Marsden also plays his role well as the presenter of the TV show at the centre of all controversy. That's not all you have the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer playing the evil TV station boss that is obviously racist and dislikes Tracy Turnblad immensely she going out of her way to make sure things don't go how they should.

The dancing, acting and singing, just make this whole movie a fun one to watch with all the family. Look out for some cameos roles from people that was in the previous version of this film. Some of the songs are the same or similar as the previous version, but enough new stuff, and a completely different take, make this different enough to be classed as difference.
9 people found this helpful
Andrew BuckleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thoroughly enjoyable
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What a great film, with some excellent performances throughout, especially John Travolta but they were all a joy to watch. The end song and dance was just perfect.
2 people found this helpful
Dogbite DaveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining
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I bought this DVD at the marvellous cost of just one (1) penny plus postage, as a used Item through an Amazon seller.

It was delivered very quickly.

The film is done in a musical format. Some very well known film stars. Some, at the time, unknowns that have since become
reasonably well known through long term roles in TV series such as The White House and others.

John Travolta just has to be seen as an obese mother.

The music, whilst not as memorable as the likes of that in Grease is entertaining.

Overall, a film worth a couple of hours of entertainment and all the more so at the price I managed to get it for.
2 people found this helpful
R. SzikraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 September 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Grease has a strong contender in Hairspray
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All the hype when it was at the cinema. Hailed as the new Grease. It just didn't appeal to me. No musical could possibly beat Grease and it would be so overrated. So when I saw it at my local supermarket for cheap I thought i'd give it a try and I almost kicked myself after watching it. Not for spending money on it but for not seeing it on the big screen. The songs are so beautifully sung by a magnificent cast and so catchy you just want to sing along and be apart of it. I immediately ordered the soundtrack when it finished. Nikki Blonsky was cast perfectly as Tracy Turnblad and Zac Efron (I don't usually like him in HSM but he won me round in this) was the right choice of Link. John Travolta also had me laughing in every one of his scenes as Edna and never fails in my eyes to give the performance of his life no matter what he starring in. The scene with him and Christopher Walken singing 'you're timeless to me' was done brilliantly.

The film is moving with a storyline about acceptance from being overweight to black and portrays everyone as equal no matter what walk of life they're from. A movie that is superb from the storyline to the music. I think Grease had better watch out because this film has just overtook it in my book as the best musical of all time. I'm about on my 10th time of watching it and I only bought it a few weeks back. If you see it and you have some spare money, BUY IT. It really is that good!!!
25 people found this helpful
A HowardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 July 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Travolta in a frock - nuff said
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I truly loved this film. My copy of the dvd was a little quiet it has to be said and we needed to have the volume on full blast to actually hear it clearly, but that is a small price to pay to see such quality actors making complete goofs of themselves.

I mean the fabulous Christopher Walken is a revelation as the supportive dad and his comic timing is superb. John Travolta as the mum - well words fail me. He's great!

If I'm honest though - the star of the whole film is Queen Latifah. She steals every scene she's in whether she means to or not, her singing voice is out of this world (I'd never actually heard her sing before).

Alison Jennings is also a scene stealer and anyone who watched her in American Beauty or West Wing - is in for a hell of a shock!

If you want a feel good film with some cracking songs that you'll be humming for months then get this film.
2 people found this helpful
Miss EnaidReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
upbeat feel good
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absolutely loved this movie, did not know what to expect at all, and really really enjoyed it, laughing out loud quite alot of the time at Travolta's Edna, love love love the characters, i can't believe i haven't seen it til now,
One person found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
My nephew found it very useful for his play!
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My nephew was up for a part in Hairspray at school!
He got a lead part so this DVD has helped him a great deal!
He was also word perfect for his audition!
I'm not familiar with it but I think he was Troy?
3 people found this helpful
Random_ArticleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
We really enjoyed it and as well as being entertaining it also ...
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I never bothered showing an interest in this film for all the years it's been around but me and my 12 year caught some of it on TV and it seemed quite amusing as well as teaching you about the difference in people's views towards colour and race. This drew me into buying it on DVD. We really enjoyed it and as well as being entertaining it also taught her a lot about
humans difference in opinions and how silly it can all end up being! Brilliant!
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