This movie is a remake of John Waters original Hairspray, and is far less sufficient. It stars John Travolta (Divine was way better) as Tracy’s Mother, Christopher Walken (whose talent is wasted in this movie) as Tracy’s father, and also has Jerry Stiller, John Waters, Amanda Bynes, and Michelle Pheifer. It is approximately two hours long.
The plot of this movie is about a girl who wants to be on the most popular dance show in Baltimore, the Corny Collins Show. She dances and sings, well the whole cast of the movie sings, and is very musically oriented. Segregation comes into play when Negro Day at the Corny Collins Show is canceled, then the movie become about integration and love.
The original Hairspray movie was much better than this one. The use of John Waters as a flasher in the into was humorous, but a waste. Also Jerry Stiller and Ricky Lake had appearances, but Ricky Lake had no lines, and Jerry Stillers appearance was somewhat dull and trite. Casting John Travolta as Edna Turnblad was a horrible casting decision, and he was not believable sine the entire movie he was smiling.
If you like songs with a lot of singing watch this movie. The singing seemed to be nonstop, and towards the end I found it incredibly annoying. I mean how many times does a girl have to sing about how she is in love. Some of the jokes were funny, but also over the heads of most 9-13 year old girls (which to me would seem to be the biggest audience). This movie was entirely miscast, and I was disappointed in it (the original is one of my favorite movies).
I don’t recommend it to anyone, well that’s not true, if you are a fan of Amanda Bynes or have a teenage crush on any of the boys, go see this, otherwise skip it, rent the original by John Waters, and have a laugh.