Hairspray (2007, Sixties-set Musical) – 8/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Adam Shankman
Choreographer: Adam Shankman
Writer (Screenplay): Leslie Dixon
Producer: Craig Zadan
Producer: Neil Meron
Executive Producer: Marc Shaiman
Executive Producer: Scott Wittman
Executive Producer: Adam Shankman
Composer (Song Music): Marc Shaiman
Composer (song Lyrics): Scott Wittman
Composer (song Lyrics): Marc Shaiman
Composer (Score): Marc Shaiman
John Travolta: Edna Turnblad
Michelle Pfeiffer: Velma Von Tussle
Christopher Walken: Wilbur Turnblad
Amanda Bynes: Penny Pingleton
James Marsden: Corny Collins
Queen Latifah: Motormouth Maybelle
Brittany Snow: Amber Von Tussle
Zac Efron: Link Larkin
Elijah Kelley: Seaweed
Allison Janney: Prudy Pingleton
Jerry Stiller: Mr. Pinky
Paul Dooley: Mr. Spritzer
Nikki Blonsky: Tracy Turnblad
Writer (Original Screenplay Adaptation) "Hairspray" (1988): John Waters
Writer (Original Play) "Hairspray" (2002): Mark O’Donnell
Writer (Original Play) "Hairspray" (2002): Thomas Meehan
Composer (Original Play) "Hairspray" (2002): Marc Shaiman
Composer (Original Play) "Hairspray" (2002): Scott Wittman
John Waters: Flasher
Adam Shankman: Talent Agent

Hairspray (2007)

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.

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