Those who know me best will know that there's no way I could review a movie with John Travolta (Grease) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Grease 2), without borrowing the theme song.
Essentially a musical with a message, this version takes the original 1988 John Waters film and the Broadway musical, and combines them with a new style and a fresh application of Ultra Clutch hairspray to get out any kinks.
The time is 1962, and segregation still exists in Baltimore, especially at the local TV station managed by Velma von Tussle. Tracy Turnblad is a plus sized teenager of sunshiny disposition and big heart, and her dream is to appear on the popular teen show "The Corny Collins Show" and maybe one day to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant.
(To the tune of "Grease")
She sees no difference between black & white She's just a teenage girl With a good appetite There ain't no danger she can go too far She just believes right now that she can become a star
Hairspray's the word
They think her dream is just a growing pain They just don't understand Though it's so very plain Her hips are moving Tracy's so surreal She starts the fight right now The segregation appeal
Hairspray's the word. (is the word, is the word, that you heard) It's got groove. It's got meaning. Hairspray's the time, It's the cast, It's the dancing Hairspray's the way we are feeling.
She took the pressure and she threw away Discrimination should belong to yesterday She never knew that she could make it that far By just believing that People should be who they are
Hairspray's the word. (is the word, is the word, is the word....)
Nikki Blonsky completely steals the show from her famous co-stars, and that's not for the want of them trying. Everybody was excellent in this movie, which effectively uses music and dance to send a message against racism and prejudice. An excellent choice, and one I'll definitely be buying on DVD. If you love musicals, you just HAVE to get this one.