Cast / crew
Tracy Turnbald idolises Link Larkin from the Corny Collins Show on television and dreams of strutting her stuff and dancing with him. But she’s fat and if the face doesn’t fit…
A big happy surprise from director / choreographer Adam Shankman who had most recently been seen making entirely forgettable movies with Steve Martin (Bringing Down the House and Cheaper by the Dozen 2) and Vin Diesel (The Pacifier). The story is about unnecessary intolerance and clearly so. However, it never ever punctures the fun, happy tone of the movie. The songs are bouncy and joyously infectious and the cast knock them out of the park. Lead Nikki Blonsky is an agreeable whirlwind of energy and hair while all the big names – John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden and Queen Latifah – bring conviction and life to all their roles. But, overall, it’s a happy film and that’s the feeling you’ll be left with and, in these days of endlessly ‘dark’ movies, how great is that!
This movie contains adult dialogue and sensuality.
Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.