• Hairspray (1991)


Release Date: August 21st, 1991

DVD Release Date: November 5th, 2002

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, Vitamin C, Ruth Brown, Michael St. Gerard, Deborah Harry

Director: John Waters

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: New Line Cinema

Distributors: Image Entertainment Inc.

Keywords: 1960s, School, Underdog, Father, Rivalry, Mother, Spirited

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Julie SalamonWall 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]

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    Controversial filmmaker John Waters finally hits his commercial stride in this film, parlaying his keen social observation and great compassion for society's outsiders into a colorful and engaging comedy full of dancing, music and heartfelt nostalgia. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Basically the movie is a bubble-headed series of teenage crises and crushes, alternating with historically accurate choreography of such forgotten dances as the Madison and the Roach. show more

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