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PG| 1 hr. 30 min.

Plot Summary
When Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake), an overweight teen, auditions for a spot on a popular teen dance show, she beats out the spiteful Amber von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick), winning over Amber's boyfriend (Michael St. Gerard) in the process. After meeting some black students at her school, Tracy begins to push for more racial integration on the dance show. This gets her into trouble on many sides, especially with Amber's pushy parents (Sonny Bono, Deborah Harry).

Cast: Ricki Lake , Divine , Jerry Stiller , Sonny Bono , Colleen Fitzpatrick , Ruth Brown , Michael St. Gerard , Deborah Harry

Director: John Waters

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: Image Entertainment Inc.

Hairspray (1988)

Release Date: August 21st, 1991|1 hr. 30 min.

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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There are some nice things to be said about Hairspray, the John Waters movie which opened over the weekend, but not enough to explain all you've been hearing about it. It's a fairly run-of-the-mill teenage dance movie, set in Baltimore in the early '60s, with a certain oddball humor that only occasionally lifts it out of its class. [29 Feb 1988, p.F3] show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    If Hairspray is clean and sweet, don't cry sellout. Taken as a pointed burlesque of a serious racial issue, this is what Spike Lee's School Daze should have been. It's also a PG (for "Pretty Darn Good'') simply on its own. show more

  • 80
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    The strangest thing about his latest picture, Hairspray, is how very sweet and cheerful it is. In his own weird way, Mr. Waters has captured the gleeful garishness of the early '60s, when high-school girls wore demure bows in their ratted hair and deadened their lips with palest pink lip gloss -- and believed that racial harmony was inevitable if teens of all flavors could dance together on TV. [25 Feb 1988, p.1] show more

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