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Hairspray

Hairspray

2007
Romance
Comedy
1h 57m
Based on the 1988 John Waters cult classic, Hairspray is the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, who has only one passion: dancing. When her dream of becoming a regular personality on "The Corny Collins Show" comes true, she wins many fans and becomes an advocate for integration. (New Line Cinema)
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Hairspray

2007
Romance
Comedy
1h 57m
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Rated 27 Jul 2016
88
75th
It's just fun, you know? A lot of big-hearted, candy-colored fun. The entire cast gives it their all, and the musical numbers are energetic, catchy, and often very funny. It leaves your with a grin on your face and a bounce in your step.
Rated 12 Aug 2011
83
61st
When so many modern musicals are hamstrung by excessive self-consciousness, HAIRSPRAY's brash sincerity comes as a breath of fresh air. The songs are bright and catchy, "You Can't Stop the Beat" being particularly vibrant; it serves as a most fitting finale. The plot is a bit streamlined from the earlier film, but the spirit and message aren't notably blunted. Fine acting, with John Travolta doing pretty well by the drag role of Edna, and Nikki Blonsky making a fine debut as Tracy. Great fun.
Rated 29 Dec 2008
75
53rd
I see no need to compare this to the Waters film; after all, it's not even a direct remake. Catchy songs, great cast, and yes, that includes Efron, who sorta won me over in this flick even though I'm used to hating his guts based on the High School Musical franchise. Amazing how much better his singing sounds without the Sickly Sweet Disney Channel Voice Filter(tm). Very good entertainment, unless you hate musicals, in which case... gtfo.
Rated 01 Oct 2007
65
40th
Very entertaining and fun. The sets, costumes and coreographies are excellent but the middle and third part of it all stumbles a little bit to me.
Rated 30 Sep 2018
69
32nd
Remarkably, I didn't hate it. In part it was because most of the common modern musical tropes are missing or muted or just plain tolerable in this one: the jazz hands and overly enthusiatic, hugely choreographed dance numbers; the overt seriousness in an unrealistic genre; the obviously-written-by-drama-club-losers songs. But who am I kidding, the bulk of the entertainment in this one comes from Walken and Travolta in a fat suit playing a woman. That's a recipe for success, if I ever saw one.
Rated 05 Jun 2012
69
23rd
Not bad at all. It's very John Waters without the extreme edge, which is exactly what it is. Everything is cheesy and too glossy, but the songs are kind of fun and the heart of the script is pretty solid.
Rated 20 Oct 2007
79
92nd
Surpringly well-done, and suprisingly well-cast. Really fun! (if you like musicals). Great songs, mostly decent voices.
Rated 01 Nov 2007
57
41st
A pretty good musical, but I loathe Musicals.
Rated 09 Nov 2007
82
82nd
Just makes you wanna shake it. Fun with an unstoppable beat.
Rated 10 Jul 2012
87
84th
Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.
Rated 24 Oct 2016
84
12th
I think this misses the point. John Waters's Hairspray was a campy homage to lower-grade teen movies; making it into a musical sends the camp-ometer into overdrive and makes the whole thing too cartoonish, so that when the points about racial and other discrimination, that the original made so effectively, are attempted, I just couldn't take them seriously. Also, the songs are some of the most forgettable I've ever heard, and, maybe this says more about me than the movie, but I was annoyed by it
Rated 22 Sep 2010
65
45th
Everyone seems to be having fun, not my cup of tea and Travolta is terrifying.
Rated 26 Oct 2009
95
95th
This is a new musical, but it's right there at the top of the pile. Great story, amazing songs, it's got so much groove it will get you dancing around the room, and it carries a great message. Also Travolta is epic. I can think of few movies which are as delightful.
Rated 20 Jul 2007
92
96th
While Travolta struck me as a bit goofy at first you start to feel for his character as the movie goes, so he gets the job done. Nikki is a fantastic Tracy. The music and choreography are beautiful and it feels like authentic 50's/60's dancing and music. I was very satisfied with the movie. It's worth the ticket. See it.
Rated 23 Aug 2015
69
57th
I was surprised by the stunning opening minutes. The first scenes really grabbed my attention and made it clear this would be a musical in every aspect, but how good the beginning was, how awful the ending seemed: Far too rushed. This was a huge letdown.
Rated 23 Sep 2007
75
77th
My feet couldn't stop tapping and dancing. Honestly this is the feel good movie of the year. Kudos to the crew for managing to turn Zac Efron's acting and singing into a credible performance.
Rated 25 Feb 2015
80
75th
It's just so much fun. "You Can't Stop the Beat" is one of the most completely joyful, entertaining ten minutes of a musical out there, and there's obviously a great message behind the whole thing without getting overly preachy about it. Great performances all around.
Rated 19 Apr 2009
85
96th
Worth watching for John Travolta alone. But really the whole cast is excellent, and the songs bring the entire environment to life. Great film.
Rated 07 Sep 2009
88
91st
A musical with some catchy songs and a decent plot to go with it.
Rated 10 Oct 2014
75
53rd
Dear Mr Eastwood, I hope you are reading this. This is how you make a musical.
Rated 23 Apr 2009
80
69th
John Travolta in drag was frickin hilarious.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
30
78th
"In doing some constructive nip/tuck and staging the musical numbers in splashy old-musical style, Shankman has put some of the bang back into the genre." - Jason Clark
Rated 14 Dec 2008
90
94th
Boy, when I like a musical I REALLY like it.
Rated 17 Jan 2011
1
0th
Based on John Waters' 1988 satire of civil rights-era nostalgia, this movie-musical adaptation makes the same mistake as the 2002 Broadway incarnation -- it domesticates Waters' parodistic anarchy into general-audience silliness.
Rated 18 Mar 2010
96
91st
I've never seen a fat girl wiggle so much! However, that being said, everyone had so much fun making this film that the quality of that alone is enough to give this film a good score.
Rated 08 Jan 2018
92
78th
The color and campy Broadway energy of Hairspray is most certainly not for everyone. For those who are accepting of what its trying to do, Hairspray is about as fun and energetic as a musical can get. With over-the-top yet lovable characters in service of a worthwhile and relevant story. Whether you like the film or not, you'll be humming the tunes for weeks after the fact.
Rated 23 Jul 2007
98
98th
WONDERFUL!!!!! The entire cast is just so incredibly fun to watch (with the minor exception of Amanda Bynes seeming awkwardly out of place). John Travolta and Christopher Walken.....wow. This movie made me so happy, its...just...so...fun!!!! Truly a surprise because I was not expecting something so funny, witty, poignant, clever, lovable, and all out joyous!
Rated 12 May 2008
81
70th
All the 81 goes to Travolta, so hilarious!
Rated 28 Apr 2009
85
68th
Definitely one of the best musicals I've ever seen.
Rated 26 Mar 2018
70
70th
I don't think it is as good as the original but it is a fun movie.
Rated 07 Jan 2011
93
67th
1
Rated 16 Nov 2007
36
20th
Not so much about integeration as it is about a girl pining over a boy. Travolta and Walken were the best parts of this movie.
Rated 18 Jul 2009
60
54th
This definitely has some draggy bits. Some songs are too repetitive and go on frustratingly long but it's pretty easy to get rooting for the fat girl who brings an end to racism. It's nice to see a fat girl main character portrayed with some humanity and that only makes John Travolta's character seem insensitive by comparison. His lines about how he "can't stop eating" have a disturbing contrast with Tracy's healthy character.
Rated 01 Sep 2008
5
1st
4 points for the costumes (even though C Walken freaked me out in the dress and all) and 1 point because Driven was worse, only made it half way through
Rated 14 Oct 2008
91
70th
rofl.
Rated 25 Mar 2023
74
36th
Deliberate camp generally doesn't work for me so I've never been a fan of Waters' films. He finds bad performances hilarious but I don't. Still, there's lots of great rarely heard 50's/60s songs here and this is technically competent in a way his early indies weren't. It's also interesting to see something like this now because Waters increasingly plays alot of the racism for laughs & its hard to imagine modern Woke audiences not finding multiple things to be outraged about here.
Rated 10 Sep 2008
79
46th
I really liked it. Extremely fun, and the songs aren't super annoying, pretty great actually. The cast is good all around (Walken out-Walkening himself!), though Travolta was a little bit awkward, channeling Dr. Evil perhaps?
Rated 03 Feb 2010
65
24th
Passes the time.
Rated 20 Apr 2019
80
62nd
I've seen the original movie but it was so long ago that I don't remember much about it. This update was a lot of fun and I found myself tapping my feet the whole time. I liked Travolta as the mom but there were moments when I found his Baltimore accent to be terrible and distracting. Amanda Bynes, once again, plays a 30 year old teenager. Christopher Walken seemed a bit out of place but he did a great job. Michelle Pfeiffer was fantastic. I would love to see her in more roles like this.
Rated 08 Jan 2010
75
85th
Nice to see J.Travolta and C.Walken dancing and singing with each other. I like musicals and this one is good, not awesome.
Rated 23 Aug 2015
65
39th
I found it pretty average
Rated 24 Jul 2007
67
50th
A fun, beautifully cast movie musical (with the exception of Travolta) with little resolution at the end, and a message that forces the film to take itself too seriously.
Rated 17 Jul 2016
40
8th
Just dreadful. Glee fans will love it, I'm sure.
Rated 03 Jan 2014
91
77th
Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.
Rated 29 Dec 2007
91
82nd
I love this movie more than I should... Extremely bright, funny, colourful and with an important message underneath.
Rated 27 Oct 2021
59
31st
I liked some musical movies in the past, but this one didn't catch me. The way the civil rights fight is treated as some sort of prop to show the main girl is nice kind of leaves a weird taste in your mouth, if one takes a second to think about it. It is worth showing but, I don't know, couldn't have been treated differently? Though one has to admit, Travolta at his age in a fat suit and in heels still had some swift steps in that one dance.
Rated 02 Jun 2008
90
60th
Great music and very charming.
Rated 27 Dec 2007
50
24th
Lacks the satirical bite of the original, so it ends up somewhat entertaining but also mindless and vapid.
Rated 07 Feb 2017
3
8th
Isn't hairspray bad for the environment?
Rated 05 Aug 2008
15
9th
They redid a movie that wasn't even 20 years old? Really? Is Hollywood that hard up for movie scripts? John Travolta makes a hot woman, though.
Rated 31 Jan 2011
100
90th
i lived in Baltimore for a few years. John Travolta and Queen Latifah nailed their characters, especially John with the Baltimre accent and mannerisms. I laughed my ass off. I loved the original Hairspray but this is one of the few times that a remake has topped the original.
Rated 07 Aug 2009
20
2nd
hate musicals
Rated 20 Oct 2012
50
39th
Haven't seen the film more than bits and pieces, but the part of John Travolta was a phenomena.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
0
0th
omg i fucking hated this movie... sooooo annoying.... hated the songs... hated the main character.... i felt so uncomfortable and i watched this by myself...
Rated 05 Dec 2007
80
67th
Christopher. Walken.
Rated 26 Sep 2022
60
26th
It is an okay movie, every time I road trip I end up singing Good Morning Baltimore.
Rated 07 Apr 2018
78
58th
It's a high-energy campily fun time, however I couldn't help but feel some dissonance between it's fun light-hearted tone and its attempts at confronting serious and painful subject matter like Racism and the Civil Rights Movement. In the end, its portrayal of racial tension is... awkward, just like this sentence.
Rated 03 Feb 2011
30
42nd
i liked it dont judge me john travolta was great
Rated 13 Dec 2015
59
63rd
Catchy, fun, and lovable. Musicals more than any other movie seem to benefit from being this over the top.
Rated 18 Jan 2008
78
49th
Not horrible.
Rated 23 Jan 2010
80
35th
Oh my god - you just gotta see John Travolta in here!
Rated 05 Jun 2018
65
22nd
The songs are hit and miss, Tracy is annoying, the characters are stereotypes and the musicals message is so unsubtly delivered that it leaves you in a state of constant frustration.
Rated 22 Jan 2008
76
52nd
A bright and colorful look compliment the fun and upbeat soundtrack, but ultimately Hairspray can't retain its initial charm for the entire running time of the movie. There really isn't anything wrong with the movie outside of the lagging middle section where it tries so hard to be social commentary rather than sticking to a simple musical-lite plot. It's certainly a worthwhile event and it's never bad seeing Brittany Snow or Amanda Bynes in the same movie.
Rated 11 Jul 2017
60
77th
Great fun, great energy, a must see!
Rated 02 Dec 2010
45
27th
Decent. John Water's original version is way better though.
Rated 31 May 2013
87
42nd
I really liked this movie a lot. I thought the acting was great and I liked the music. The plot was wonderful. The only problem I had with this movie was that they had John Travolta be the mother; dressed up in a fat suit as a woman... It was a little much for me. Why couldn't they have a heavier woman play the mother?
Rated 20 Jan 2022
12
55th
Need to rewatch. But I recall it being a good adaptation that was particularly suitable for a movie version.
Rated 13 Nov 2008
70
41st
better than i expected
Rated 18 Dec 2014
70
28th
Entertaining musical that brings out tons of dancers onto the screen once the song begins.
Rated 10 Jan 2009
80
60th
As remakes go this isn't at all bad. Although John Travolta isn't quite Devine of the original he makes the part believable and his own. Some decent numbers and not a bad version.
Rated 04 Jul 2015
6
51st
Colorful, cute, tounge-in-cheek 60s style with some excellent dancing and song.
Rated 22 Sep 2014
40
9th
With Travolta dressed as a fat woman and more, I found this movie very hard to watch and couldn't finish it.
Rated 22 Aug 2013
20
10th
Pfeiffer made me spray
Rated 23 Mar 2009
85
74th
The best musical of the current decade. Enjoyable and fun. Great Ensemble. Excellent.
Rated 15 Sep 2007
76
87th
Very enjoyable.
Rated 10 Jul 2009
85
44th
I was pleasantly surprised by this charming film.
Rated 14 Jul 2008
75
62nd
Surprisingly likable. Hairspray is cute and the music numbers are entertaining without becoming annoying.
Rated 03 Sep 2007
79
39th
Great movie fun! Travolta plays a surprisingly convincing woman, so he did a fantastic job. There's some goofiness in here too, particularly from Walken. I didn't think I would like it that much, but it turned out to be a real treat. Pfeiffer is very good as well.
Rated 10 Nov 2008
80
66th
Awesome movie about Baltimore. It even has Divine!
Rated 02 Feb 2008
82
78th
A fun, vibrant, and energetic musical that puts a glossy veneer over America's continuing struggle with racial equality. The songs are dangerously catchy and there are some fun performances. Particularly, from Christopher Walken and James Marsden.
Rated 01 Oct 2007
80
68th
Not as good as Waters's original film, but it's a fun bouncy 21st-century musical, i.e., a rare bird. Nikki Blonsky is a real find. I'd love to see her become a huge star
Rated 24 Aug 2008
100
93rd
I love John Waters, and I love Hairspray. This was fantastic!
Rated 06 Apr 2010
50
52nd
Mistake - In a scene outside with an angry mob, Tracy runs through the crowd and reaches the other side of them, but in the next shot, she's still in amongst the crowd running.
Rated 09 Aug 2010
90
88th
lovely musical.. great singing, remarkable acting from Queen Latifah and James Marsden
Rated 19 Nov 2007
61
35th
I love musicals.. but this one is almost a waste of time.. A caricature at most this is. Not a real one.
Rated 13 Oct 2008
78
61st
Better than one expects, although much more mainstream than the campy original.
Rated 16 Nov 2021
75
65th
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Rated 12 Nov 2007
59
37th
I just want to say that I'm not a fan of musicals so in the end Hairspray didn't win me over. It's fun enough with a decent amount of laughs throughout though. I appreciate it's desire to promote racial equality but it's about as subtle as a sledgehammer and seems to try and do this by using a ton of stereotypes. Maybe I'm being over critical because I'm not a musical fan but still. To be fair I was entertained and I'm glad I saw it but I won't be watching it again.
Rated 21 May 2016
91
44th
If rating something 91 only means that it is only decent, Hairspray deserves the rating. Zac and James Marden are perfect for their roles. Seeing Travolta in drag loudly demonstrates that this is meant to be an exercise in Campy excess. It's easy to see that Walken, Pfeiffer, and Latifah enjoyed their roles. John Walters deserves every penny derived from his art.
Rated 26 Jun 2022
60
24th
Some decent performances can't add enough life to an otherwise somewhat mediocre movie. Travoltas casting seems too weird to not distract from the film. Too many songs have good lyricism but have music that just earns a passing grade.
Rated 23 Mar 2014
83
75th
82.500
Rated 27 May 2014
50
50th
I wasn't really a fan of the original Waters movie, but I do love musicals. So I walked into the theater for this screening with mixed feelings. And walked out feeling the same way because, in spite of all of Hairspray's potential, its disquieting trip-ups cause it to fall short of the prettily coiffed, fancy-footed fun it could have been. (pluggedin.com)
Rated 05 Oct 2008
59
15th
I like musicals, but this din't do it for me. It was funny to see John Travolta and Christopher Walken interact, James marsden seems to be all the more perfect for slimy roles as in "Enchanted".
Rated 31 Jul 2008
65
19th
Funny and entertaining. It makes you dance all the time, but after end titles you don't remember any song or melody. I enjoyed it. Mostly. Only Travolta scares me in my dreams even now.
Rated 26 Jan 2009
60
13th
Some funny scenes.. not that special
Rated 24 Feb 2013
6
70th
I mean... you know, sure, why not? It's charming enough. My girlfriend ordered it from Netflix and insisted I watch, and I can't say I disliked the experience. The teen protagonist is played by an honest-to-god teen, which is rare enough I feel it warrants praise every time it happens. I do think that the sheer "white people who are SO compassionate towards black people, y'all!" aspect of it might actually dip into well-meaning-mild-racism-via-condescension, though.
Rated 28 Jun 2008
78
19th
When I saw *Hairspray*, I was aware throughout the film that the Hollywood dream machine was trying to sell me a product that I didn't want to "buy". It's pure kitsch, all artifice, no soul, the cinematic equivalent of junk food.
Rated 06 Aug 2021
65
32nd
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Rated 17 Jul 2008
70
30th
This is the type of film that manages to be both pleasant and eye-rolling at the same time. While many of the performances are good, there is just too many times I roll my eyes at Blonsky whenever she had a one-liner. Just something about her I did not like.
Rated 24 Jul 2007
66
49th
I probably should have hated this movie... was dragged to see it by my mom. It was actually, surprisingly watchable and the song and dance numbers were pretty good. Travolta is absolutely outrageous, but damn entertaining. Go in with incredibly low expectations and you may be surprised.

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