Hairspray

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Released 1988

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Director:
John Waters
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG
A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Hairspray is a deliriously fast and funny satire of the '60s that marks John Waters' best shot yet at mainstream audiences. [25 Feb 1988, p.1]

  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The actors are best when they avoid exaggeration and remain weirdly sincere. That way, they do nothing to break the vibrant, even hallucinogenic spell of Mr. Waters's nostalgia.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Basically the movie is a bubble-headed series of teenage crises and crushes, alternating with historically accurate choreography of such forgotten dances as the Madison and the Roach.

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