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Director: Adam Shankman

Cast: Adam Shankman, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken


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Adam Shankman's adaptation of the stage musical Hairspray, itself an adaptation of the non-musical John Waters film of the same name, stars Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high-school student whose only dream is to be on a localSee more details below


Adam Shankman's adaptation of the stage musical Hairspray, itself an adaptation of the non-musical John Waters film of the same name, stars Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high-school student whose only dream is to be on a local Baltimore teen dance program. While her father (Christopher Walken) tells her to follow her dreams, her mother Edna (John Travolta in drag) reminds her that she doesn't look like the girls on that show. After impressing the show's host (James Marsden), Tracy earns a coveted spot on the program, but when she becomes a popular addition to the cast, she earns the wrath of the prettiest girl in school -- a girl whose mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) just happens to operate the local television station. Tracy's visit to detention hall opens her eyes to the racial tension on the show, as does the budding relationship between her best friend (Amanda Bynes) and an African-American boy named Seaweed (Elijah Kelley). Thus empowered, Tracy attempts to integrate the races on her favorite program.

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Hairspray starts out with such a contagious burst of delightfulness, it's no surprise this feeling isn't quite sustainable over two hours. A true confection in every sense, the film would work better if it were bite-sized. However, because John Waters' 94-minute 1988 film was given the Broadway treatment, and this is an adaptation of that version, it's fattened up by its quantity of production numbers. Some of these are wonderful, like the opening "Good Morning Baltimore" number that immerses us in this pastel world, and the show-stopping "You Can't Stop the Beat" later on. Other songs take on the quality of filler, even if it's pretty pleasing filler. Still, these are relatively minor complaints in an otherwise joyous viewing experience. Hairspray is perfectly cast, from what should be a star-making performance from Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, to the wicked scenery chewing of Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle, to John Travolta's sweet and heartfelt performance as Tracy's mother, Edna. Travolta's appearance in drag was a topic of discussion about Hairspray, specifically, what it might indicate about the actor's much-discussed sexuality (Divine, the originator of the role, was an actual drag queen). But it certainly doesn't play as a gimmick, and he has great chemistry with an equally delightful Christopher Walken during their backyard number "You're Timeless to Me." Also timeless are the issues of racial mainstreaming, which give Hairspray more thematic meat than its buoyant production design would suggest. It's a career best for director/choreographer Adam Shankman, who'd been stuck toiling away in throwaway comedies (Cheaper by the Dozen 2, The Pacifier). And in case you're wondering whether Shankman's version has Waters' stamp of approval, watch the opening scene closely for a cameo by the eccentric director, contributing his famously naughty sense of humor by playing a flasher.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Edna Turnblad
Michelle Pfeiffer Velma von Tussle
Christopher Walken Wilbur Turnblad
Amanda Bynes Penny Pingleton
James Marsden Corny Collins
Queen Latifah Motormouth Maybelle
Brittany Snow Amber von Tussle
Zac Efron Link Larkin
Elijah Kelley Seaweed J. Stubbs
Allison Janney Prudy Pingleton
Jerry Stiller Mr. Pinky
Paul Dooley Mr. Spritzer
Tabitha Lupien Becky
Nikki Blonsky Tracy Turnblad
Taylor Parks Little Inez
Hayley Podschun Tammy
Kelly Fletcher Lu Anne

Technical Credits
Adam Shankman Director,Choreography,Executive Producer
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Dennis Davenport Art Director
Michael Disco Co-producer
Leslie Dixon Screenwriter
Anson Downes Associate Producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Linda Rae Favila Associate Producer
Daryl Freimark Co-producer
Tony Gardner Makeup Special Effects
Tina Gerussi Casting
Jennifer Gibgot Executive Producer
Garrett Grant Executive Producer
David Gropman Production Designer
Richard Hicks Casting
Mark Kaufman Executive Producer
Travis Knox Co-producer
Michael Lynne Executive Producer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Neil Meron Producer
David Rubin Casting
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer,Songwriter,Executive Producer
Bob Shaye Executive Producer
Daniel Silverberg Asst. Director
Matt Sullivan Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Tronick Editor
Scott Wittman Executive Producer
Craig Zadan Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hairspray
1. Good Morning Baltimore [6:17]
2. The Nicest Kids in Town [5:17]
3. "I Want to Be Famous" [4:53]
4. Meet Miss Baltimore Crabs [4:02]
5. Detention Groove [3:33]
6. I Can Hear the Bells [4:05]
7. Ladies' Choice [5:21]
8. The New Girl in Town [3:51]
9. Welcome to the 60s [9:10]
10. Run and Tell That [5:39]
11. Big, Blonde and Beautiful [5:32]
12. Toy Shop Seduction [10:09]
13. Timeless to Me [5:30]
14. I Know Where I've Been [4:44]
15. On the Run From the Law [6:06]
16. Without Love [4:00]
17. In the Can [6:51]
18. Miss Teenage Hairspray Dance Off [6:35]
19. You Can't Stop the Beat [4:29]
20. End Credits [9:46]


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