The movie follows Tracy Turnblad, a 'pleasantly plump' teenager who teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show and wins the coveted 'Miss Auto Show' crown.
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Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007 The Waters film for your grandma, who will probably be only a little bit freaked out by it.Read in Source
August 08, 2009 The shock Waters's cinema offers, then, is not transcendent, but almost reflexive, implicating the viewer in the awkward complexities of his own humanity and forcing him to either celebrate it or run screaming away.Read in Source
January 01, 2000 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.Read in Source
March 10, 2014 While it's corny by design, Hairspray also aims to get at something truthful, about the various kinds of prejudice [...] and how youthful optimism and music made a difference [...].Read in Source
June 30, 2007 John Waters' appreciation for the tacky side of life is in full flower in Hairspray, a slight but often highly amusing diversion about integration, big girls' fashions and music-mad teens in 1962 Baltimore.Read in Source
May 28, 2008 When Divine's Edna Turnblad is on-screen in the sleeveless dresses she's partial to, the movie has something like the lunacy of a W. C. Fields in drag.Read in Source
June 24, 2006 Waters' most hygienically commercial film is a Retro schlock-fancier's delight.Read in Source
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December 18, 2010 A kitschy teen fantasy you can dance to.
July 10, 2016 Waters tones down his usual excesses, but his mischievous black sense of humour is still very much to the fore in this affectionate salute to Z-grade teen movies.Read in Source
Country: United States
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into ...