Hairspray (Musical)

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New Line Cinema Released 2007

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Director:
Adam Shankman
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG

It's 1962, and change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion--to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" and is transformed overnight from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can the trendsetting Tracy win the heart of teen-dream Link Larkin and stand up for what she believes in, despite the program's scheming stage manager? All she needs is her best friend Penny, a toe- tappin' beat - and a little HAIRSPRAY!

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The overall mood of Hairspray is so joyful, so full of unforced enthusiasm, that only the most ferocious cynic could resist it.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    What it offers isn't really a nostalgic look at a "more innocent time" so much as a saucy wink at a casually vicious time that is constantly being sold to us as innocent.

  • 80

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    It's one of the best Broadway-tuner adaptations in recent years -- yes, arguably even better than those Oscar-winning ones.

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    Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music

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    Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance, Musicals