Hairspray


Hairspray
Based on the hit Tony-award winning stage musical, itself based on a 1988 film, Hairspray is set back in the 1960s, a time of racial tension. Our heroine is a young plumpish girl with a love for dance. She dreams of appearing on a popular television show, and makes it through the auditions. The audiences love her, and she becomes a regular, where, much to her surprise, she finds herself embroiled in efforts to bring blacks onto the show.

113 minutes.
Parental Guidance.
Comedy, Musical.

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pheiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow
Director
Adam Shankman
ScreenplayLeslie Dixon, based on the screenplay by John Waters and musical by Mark O'Donnell
MusicMarc Shaiman
CinematographyBojan Bazelli
EditingMichael Tronick
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2007
Produced byGabriel Simon Production Services, Storyline Entertainment, Ingenious Film Partners, New Line Cinema

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreMusical, comedy
LanguageMild
NudityNone
SexMild, infrequent
ViolenceLow impact, comic, infrequent
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThis movie deals with themes that have to do with stereotypes. It addresses issues of black/white prejudice and accepted beauty standards that relate to fat/thin issues.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
3
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
1
Profanity
3
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
1
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
2
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
3
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconThe film is bright and campy and feel-good without descending into sacharine simpering.
15
Die Burger
Sonette Lombaard quote iconDis pure, uitbundige pret.
15
Cape Times
Carina Chocano quote iconCast makes Hairspray a smasheroo.
15
Mail & Guardian
Shaun de Waal
12
The Citizen
Bruce Dennill quote iconHas all the pizzazz and glitter you'd expect from a top-flight musical.
16
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge quote iconIt's a tuneful, feel-good romp with terrific musical numbers performed by a stellar cast. It's the fun-epic of the year.
15
24.com
Megan Kakora quote iconMusicals might not be everybody's cup of tea, but Hairspray is a delight to watch. Everybody has to see it, at least once.
15
BBC
Stella Papamichael quote iconA combustible mix of sassy humour and brassy showtunes makes Hairspray one of the hottest musicals to come along in years.
20
Box Office
Chad Greene quote iconDespite Travolta's turn as a Turnblad, Hairspray is anything but a drag
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconHairspray is just plain fun.
18
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconWith its sass, wit and smarts, it shines brighter than most of this summer's studio fare.
10
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconWhile no one would accuse Hairspray of occupying the upper echelon of movie musicals, it's an entertaining diversion.
15
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconHairspray earns knockout status for its humor, heart and high spirits.
18
ScreenIt
quote iconPerhaps not quite as much overall fun as the Broadway version but still quite entertaining and enjoyable, Hairspray is near perfectly coiffed as a bit of fluffy summer escapism with some messages nicely arranged into the do.
14
Metacritic.com
37 critics
16
Rottentomatoes critics
161 critics
16
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconAn energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp.
19

What the People say

Internet
5134 Netizens quote iconA Total Ten
16

Average .. 78%

16




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