Hairspray

New review from The Movie Snob

Hairspray (B-). I am not familiar with either the original John Waters movie or the stage musical on which this movie is based, so I approached it with no axe to grind. Set in Baltimore circa 1960, it is the story of an overweight high school girl who dreams of dancing on a local television show sort of like American Bandstand. And it is a story about the civil rights movement and integration. And for some bizarre reason it stars John Travolta (Pulp Fiction) in a fat suit as the protagonist’s mother. I enjoyed it for a while, but I thought the movie sort of lost steam when the desegregation plotline moved to the fore. Still, worth a look, especially if you are fan of musicals.

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6 comments on “Hairspray

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  2. […] The Borg Queen and I caught a matinee of this flick starring heartthrob-of-the-moment Zac Efron (Hairspray). I think Big is a much overrated movie, so I was not expecting much from this Big-in-reverse tale. […]

  3. […] Toy Story and The Truman Show for the plot: a cute white dog named Bolt (voice of John Travolta, Hairspray) stars in a science-fiction/action TV series in which he has super powers, and he has been raised […]

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