Full of energy, humor and music comes
Hairspray, based on the 1988 Broadway screenplay.
This reinvention of Hairspray by New Line Cinema is as
big as its characters. Nikki
Blonsky makes her debut as Tracy Turnblad, whose talent and
charisma are incredibly unique.
There is no doubt that a star is born.
This star wasn’t the only one shining.
John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s mother, is the
greatest performance of his long career, taking into
consideration that it was a big challenge for Travolta, who had
to think of starring in this role for about a year before taking
the part. His performance as an older loving and over protective
mother was so amazing that it is easy to forget that behind the
costume, makeup and mannerisms there is man.
The chemistry and connection between these two actors as
mother and daughter was so intense, real and sensitive that it
touches many hearts.
The first and foremost element of this film
is the music. Emmy,
Tony and Grammy Award winner Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
created brand new songs especially for this film adaptation.
The lyrics and music keep you moving in your chair and
wanting to get up and dance from beginning to end.
However, it is the voice of Nikki Blonsky and Christopher
Walken, as Wilbur, which help Travolta keep his lows in gear
during their duets. In addition, Queen Latifah as Motormouth
Maybelle, continue to impress her fans with her outstanding
voice and one of a kind performance. As the cast dances away,
the dresses, makeup and hairstyle, true of the 1960’s,
highlight the scenes with much color and style. There is no
doubt that the fun and energy of Broadway have been translated
to this new reinvention of Hairspray. Just as Tracy is a big
girl, with a big heart, and even bigger dreams, this movie is
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I saw this movie yesterday at a special
viewing with my teenage daughter. The
movie was a lot of fun to watch but you
must be a fan of musicals. My daughter
enjoyed it tremendously and there were
chuckles throughout the approx. 2 hour
length. I though they did an amazing job
on John Travolta's make up and Michelle
Pfeiffer's role was acted especially
Having been a huge fan of the Broadway
adaptation of Water's 1988 film
"Hairspray", and also having suffered
through the recent cinematic "treatment"
of Mel Brooks, "The Producers", I
decided to go into the newly released
film version of "Hairspray" the musical
with dubious discernment to say the
least. Thank God I did. I did not leave
hating the film. I left entertained. But
I must go back to my earlier assertion
that I am a FAN of the Broadway musical
and as such, I would like to sit with
the geniuses who decided to edit some of
the musical numbers, deletez
some of the musical numbers and in the
most glaring "WTF" moment,
decided to completely ALTER the impact
of Tracy Turnblad's committment to
FIrst of all, the casting in the film
was well done. I often
wondered why such roles are not just
HANDED to those who created them on
Broadway (especially the chorus kids)
but I digress...Travolta, Blonsky and
company were all wonderful. Travolta
(which was the role I was most
concerned about going into the film)
actually brought an interesting
sense of pathos to the character and
there was much I enjoyed in his
performance. Here are the elements that
1. Where the hell was "Mama I'm a Big
Girl Now"?? This was one of the
best songs in the show.
2. WHY was Velma Von Tussles (Michelle
Pfeiffer) role beefed up so
3. WHY was "Big Blonde and Beautiful"
used as an introduction of the
MotorMouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah)
character rather than what it was
intended to be....a convincing of Edna
to JOIN THE ANTI-SEGREGATION
4. WHY as the cops descended upon the
protest marchers did Tracy RUN
5. WHY if his daughter was not arrested
after all, would WIlber
Turnblad motgage his business and home
to bail out all 200 of those arrested
if his wife and daughter were not even
6. WHY was the "I Know Where I've Been"
number used as a "let's walk
through the streets" ballad rather than
placed where it SHOULD HAVE BEEN
...used for the purpose of a mother
bonding with her children over the
inevitable pressures and predjudices
that they will endure as she has
seen it over the years?
7.WHY was it necessary to have Velma
attempt to SEDUCE WILBER? And
then on top of that...to have to use the
lovely, toe-tapping number
"You're Timeless to Me" (heretofore used
as a declaration of love between
Edna and WIlber) now used as an "I'm
Great entertainment a joy to see.movie
for all to see. don't miss it on a scale
1-10 its a 9.
I saw Hairspray yesterday & it was
It is a must see. No doubt bout that.
Everyone should go and see this
Totally enjoyable. The music keeps on
coming, right through the credits. I
enjoyed almost every moment. Nothing
wrong with feeling happy, is there?
I saw this movie yesterday, and it was
by far the best movie I've seen all
year. It wasn't just a musical, it had a
good story line about it too. It was one
of those feel-good movies, with a bit of
comedy thrown in with the whole John
Travolta bit. I definitely reccomd that
people go see this movie.
Great uplifting movie. Entire cast was
excellent especially the Edna role
played by John Travolta. Excellent
musical numbers. Made me want to see it
on Broadway. I definitely recommend it.
A hugh improvement on the current movies
that are out there.
I love zac Efron of course and his hair
is adorable in this one. anyways overall
i thought the movie was awesome and the
music is so enjoyable!
the film was top!! every one should
watch it really good film I felt like
jumping up and dancing my self and
singing zac efron top actor
Thought it would be another chick flick.
To my surprise I really loved this
movie. I'm a hugh fan of musicals, and I
particulary enjoyed the soundtract. I
would definately recommend it!!!
Best movie I have seen in a long time. I
have been 3 times!! I had a smile on my
face and a tapping foot the entire time.
Ran right out and bought the soundtrack,
it is great. Oh, and did I mention, Link
is adorable. I want to be 18 years old
again. Don't miss this one, it is just
First of all... my mom told me to see
this movie ... and I said:
Hairspray!!??? are you kidding me? I
don't know how I decide to see it
buttttttttttt it was awesome!!! the
music, dancers etc.... every character
It was Fabulous i own the dvd and i have
seen it so many times i give it a 4 and
half stars out of 5. some parts i don't
like as much but overall it was GREAT! I
deffinatly recomend seeing it
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Director: Adam Shankman
Writer: Leslie Dixon
Duration: 1hr 55mins
Release Date: July 20, 2007
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