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    Peter Howell, movie critic. 4 stars out of 4.

    You can do the Mashed Potato, or dance the Monkey, the Pony or the Boogaloo.

    But what you crazy kids really want to groove to this summer is something I call the Hairspray Hop.

    You start with a 1988 John Waters film about Kennedy-era teens dancing for dignity. You leap to the 2002 Broadway musical version that adds extra tunes and energy. Then you shimmy to a 2007 Adam Shankman movie that puts the two together.

    It all goes under the title Hairspray. And at the risk of sounding as manic as Corny Collins, Baltimore's answer to Dick Clark, this latest screen incarnation is guaranteed to flip your wig.

    Rock to these revelations. First is the discovery of 18-year-old Nikki Blonsky, a former ice-cream server who scooped the lead role of Tracy Turnblad and who proves that an abundance of talent makes up for zero film experience.

    Then there's the new look of John Travolta, decked out in fat suit and falsies to play the traditionally drag role of Tracy's mother Edna, a "size 60" momma who knows how to strut like Tony Manero or Danny Zuko. It's Travolta's best role since Pulp Fiction. He's man enough to make a great woman.

    And what about Christopher Walken as Edna's curve-cuddling hubby Wilbur? Totally rad, dad. Ditto for Michelle Pfeiffer as monster mom Velma von Tussle and Queen Latifah as ebony avenger Motormouth Maybelle.

    Hairspray is set in 1962 Baltimore (Toronto and Hamilton fill in), where "pleasantly plump" teen Tracy Turnblad (Blonsky) dreams of strutting her stuff on The Corny Collins Show, a local afternoon TV dance party.

    Tracy has the pipes and the moves her opening rendition of "Good Morning, Baltimore" immediately brings the house down and her excess of avoirdupois fortunately doesn't faze show host Corny (James Marsden), who invites her to join the party. Tracy also catches the Elvis eye of hunky Link Larkin (Zak Efron, High School Musical), who miraculously can see past surfaces.

    But there's a rival in ice queen Amber von Tussle (Brittany Snow), who is Tracy's opposite in every way. Amber lusts for the crown of "Miss Teenage Hairspray 1963," a title Tracy might well take. Amber doesn't dance as well as Tracy, but her mother Velma (Pfeiffer) runs WYZT, the station that broadcasts Corny Collins, and there's no place on her dial for No.2.

    Meanwhile, race realities have reached Baltimore. Black teens are tired of being marginalized to once-weekly "Negro Day" appearances on Corny's show. Led by record spinner Motormouth (Latifah), they find an unlikely ally in a big girl with big hair and bigger dreams.

    A cast loaded with fresh young talent, plus new and reworked songs by stage composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, give Hairspray a beat you can not only dance to, but also sing along with.

    And what's up with director Shankman? Previous films like The Wedding Planner and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 gave no clue that he could pull off something this good. His early career as a dancer and choreographer is his secret weapon.

    There's so much going on, you could almost forget that Hairspray is more than just pure entertainment.

    Deep within those beehive hairdos buzzes an essential message of being true to yourself and not letting size, sex or skin colour determine your fate.

    Integration and enlightenment are coming to Baltimore, as the surprisingly wise Corny tells the strictly white Velma: "You can fight it, or you can rock out to it."

    You know which one to choose. Get your dancing shoes on
    Source: Toronto Star, TheStar.com

    I'd like to see this. Not a huge Travolta fan, but it looks like it'll be fun.
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    yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I loved it!!!
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    Everyone else said it didnt hold a candle to the previous John waters version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    Everyone else said it didnt hold a candle to the previous John waters version.
    No they didn't! Thats not fair! Go see it yourself & make a ruling then!
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    i dont do... musicals.

    I know, i have to give back my gay card.
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    i dont do musicals either, fuck that shit! i hear enough singing from my damn neighbors!

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    you know what's worse? musical theatre. it's like a 2-D television set to awful.
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    the billboard for this film is the most disturbing thing to come out in centuries! Travolta as a fat woman and Walken as a normal dad! i see it every morning on the way to work!

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    I'll take everyone's word for it.
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