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Review : Hairspray (2007 Musical)

Director : Adam Shankman
Screenplay : Leslie Dixon and John Waters


Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad
John Travolta as Edna Turnblad
Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle
Christopher Walken as Wilbur Turnblad
Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton
James Marsden as Corny Collins
Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle Stubbs
Brittany Snow as Amber Von Tassle
Zac Efron as Link Larkin
Elijah Keeley as Seaweed J. Stubbs

Are you ready to shake your tail feather?

Hairspray is a 2007 musical film produced by Zadan/Meron Productions and distributed by New Line Cinema. It was released in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on July 20, 2007.

The film is an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, itself adapted from John Waters' 1988 comedy film. Set in 1962 Baltimore, the film follows a "pleasantly plump" girl named Tracy Turnblad as she simultaneously pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against racial segregation.

I enjoyed watching Hairspray and it really puts my feet in dancing stance during the movie. Nikki Blonsky despite being her first time in professional acting career and being a plus-sized girl exhibits not only acting prowess but she also demonstrate great singing and graceful dancing. No wonder she's been chosen from almost 1,100 aspirants for the role of the plus-sized and bubbly Tracy Turnblad. Another actor who stands out among the other performers is James Marsden. I like what he did in portraying Corny Collins, the cool mister nice guy host of his self titled show. I never thought he can sing like that and I just saw another trailer where he will be starring in a Disney Musical movie titled "Enchanted". You can't really stop the beat for these musical hopefuls.

Despite the movie's colorful facade, the story discusses a very serious issue during the 60's. Racial discrimination is very rampant during those times. In Corny Collins show alone, Negro Day is only available once a month depriving black people to the benefits enjoyed by whites. But despite the bigotry, the blacks live in peaceful hidden communities where they can be there selves .

But regardless of the serious issue affecting the story, Hairspray's story is told in the most humorous and pleasurable way that all ages will surely enjoy. The songs will keep you awake all throughout the movie and will leave you dancing as you exit the cinema.

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