“Hairspray” Infects the Legs with Dance

Genres: Musical/Performing Arts, Adaptation and Remake
Running Time:
1 hr. 55 min.
Release Date:
July 20th, 2007 (wide)
MPAA Rating:
PG for language, some suggestive content and momentarily teen smoking.
New Line Cinema

Directed by: Adam Shankman

JJ Rating: A+

Tracy Turnblad (Nicole Blonsky) loves to dance. She loves to dance a lot. Who she might love more than dancing is Link (Zac Efron) one of the stars of her favorite TV show the Corny Collins Show. She sets her heart on being part of that show and goes and tries out. Hairspray was all about sing, the dancing and the showing how nothing should be black and white.

The entire story, song and dance of Hairspray was fun. It looks innocent and sweet because of the colors that dance across the screen and the time that it is placed in but the words are anything but. I think it’s clever to have the lines sound so pure but in reality they are not. The movie is PG but the suggestive content is too high if you have kids. Especially if the kids love Zac Efron from High School Musical because he’s not really in the movie a whole lot and the songs he sings are not as pure and sweet as in his Disney fame.

New comer Nicole Blonsky is someone to watch out for because she pulled out all the stops as Tracy Turnblad. She hit the notes. She preformed the twists and she gave it her all. John Travolta was her mother Edna Turnblad and let me say I forgot it was him for a good long while. He made Edna real and really likable. Queen Latifah played Motormouth Maybelle and she gave off attitude with a touch of sweet. Zac Efron played Link the smooth cool dancer that every girl wanted and he did it with charismatic satisfaction. Christopher Walken as Wilbur Turnblad spoke rude words in a sweet manner. Amada Bynes is Penny Pingleton and pulls off a ditzy cute that adds charm especially when she meets Seaweed played by Elijah Kelly. Kelly pulls off cool confidence well within his small screen time. James Marsden is Corny Collins and has a great sarcastic grin and a wonderful biting sound to his lines that were not many. The villains were villainesses by the names Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle and Brittany Snow as her daughter Amber Von Tussle. Pfeiffer’s villainy burned holes in people via her eyes and how she tossed her lines out of her hot, sexy face. Snow’s ditzy self-centered character was effortlessly played as if she actually were.

The singing and dancing was awesome. I like most of the songs and they do have a way of making me want to get up and shake my grove thing. If that’s not something that is appealing to you then don’t bother with Hairspray.

The entire cast made the movie as lovable as they should and Blonsky was an awesome breath of fresh air that this movie needed. Her bubbly personality, that is really her, translated well to the screen and was every bit as infectious as it should be.

Hairspray is a fun movie that is told lightly about subject matters that are serious. That doesn’t mean that what Hairspray had to say should be taken lightly. It just tells serious things with a bit of flair via song and dance.

I loved it. I’m going to buy it. I think that it is a classic and wouldn’t lose it charm no matter the amount of times viewed. Hairspray may have a song or two about keeping hair in its place but it’s anything but stiff and boring. It’s a musical that turned movie that brings fun back to the theater and smiles to those that watch. And Hairspray can be summed up by one of my favorite songs from the movie, “You can’t stop the beat.” *legs infected with dance* woohoo.

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