Hairspray (PG)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Mon Jul 16 2007

Let’s get one thing clear: there is nothing questionable about heterosexual actor John Travolta clad in a fat suit, dragged up in pink sequins and breathily trilling ‘I’m the cutest chickie that you ever did see!’ There is, however, something awkward and faintly disturbing about watching his Edna Turnblad dance and duet with Christopher Walken’s Mr Turnblad dressed in toreador kitsch. Divine it ain’t. In fact, so peculiarly mannered is Edna’s transformation from chipmunky homebody to liberated blob that it’s quite impossible to forget you’re watching John Travolta in latex and, therefore, to suspend disbelief. Nor is that made any easier by uncertain, sometimes clashing performances from such other big names as Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah and indeed Walken, whose dance skills are criminally underused.

That said, this new ‘Hairspray’ – adapted from the Broadway musical based on the 1988 film – is often great fun. Though not as scabrous, as sharp or even as musically memorable as John Waters’ original, it retains much of his filthy, big-hearted sensibility (he cameos as a happy flasher) and is less deadeningly stagey than that other recent film-of-the-musical-of-the-film, ‘The Producers’. Stepping into Ricki Lake’s pumps as Tracy Turnblad – the tubby teen who takes 1962 Baltimore music TV by storm and nearly sparks a race riot by declaring ‘I wish every day were Negro Day!’ – Nikki Blonsky is unflaggingly chipper as both naive kid chastised for ‘inappropriate hair height’ and indignant civil-rights activist. Throw in plenty of sparky numbers and snarky gags and ‘that chubby Communist girl’ is hard to resist.

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PG

UK release:

Fri Jul 20, 2007

Duration:

116 mins

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Callum

I think a lot of people forget the supporting roles in the film. James Marsden is amazing as corny collins and walken and travolta both excel. Extremely good film

Callum

I think a lot of people forget the supporting roles in the film. James Marsden is amazing as corny collins and walken and travolta both excel. Extremely good film

Caitlin

I know this moviw was out like a year ago but everyone seems to have stopped commenting on it!!! Don't forget hairspray it was THE movie of last year. Every time I watch it I can't help smiling. Who dosen't like it??? Come on everyone don't forget hairspray!!!!!!

Caitlin

I know this moviw was out like a year ago but everyone seems to have stopped commenting on it!!! Don't forget hairspray it was THE movie of last year. Every time I watch it I can't help smiling. Who dosen't like it??? Come on everyone don't forget hairspray!!!!!!

Sir Charles Harwood

What was Travolta thinking when he took this part? Why do 'serious' actors always feel a need to suddenly take on comedy roles when they can barely do serious in the first place? In my day, we used actors for acting and comedians for falling over and wearing fat suits. An utterly contemptable film which should be banned.

Jayson

What a Hoot!!!!! This film is just really good fun. The new found star is great. Puttling the original films creator, John Waters, in a cameo as a flasher was a clever twist. Comedies and musicals are very hard to pull off and make succeed, but this one does and very well.

Jayson

What a Hoot!!!!! This film is just really good fun. The new found star is great. Puttling the original films creator, John Waters, in a cameo as a flasher was a clever twist. Comedies and musicals are very hard to pull off and make succeed, but this one does and very well.

the new girl in town

absoulutely brilliant!!! the songs are totally addictive and me and my mates (sad as it is) all know the dance moves (well some of them) definaltely a must see, but i havn't seen the old version yet

the new girl in town

absoulutely brilliant!!! the songs are totally addictive and me and my mates (sad as it is) all know the dance moves (well some of them) definaltely a must see, but i havn't seen the old version yet

Linda

Loved it, loved it, loved. Went straight out and bought the soundtrack. My daughter and I can't stop singing it. Definately going to see it again and taking all my friends too.

Linda

Loved it, loved it, loved. Went straight out and bought the soundtrack. My daughter and I can't stop singing it. Definately going to see it again and taking all my friends too.

Rebekah

This Film Is Amazing If U Havent Saw It U Should Cause I Loved It !! I Like Musical Films Its Kinda A Musical xD But Its Great 5 Stars For Me !! xx

Rebekah

This Film Is Amazing If U Havent Saw It U Should Cause I Loved It !! I Like Musical Films Its Kinda A Musical xD But Its Great 5 Stars For Me !! xx

olivia

This film just makes me smile. Whatever the mood i know i am jus going to feel happy after seeing it. the dancing and the aching of john travolta is amazing. Zac efron jus gets better evertime i see him

olivia

This film just makes me smile. Whatever the mood i know i am jus going to feel happy after seeing it. the dancing and the aching of john travolta is amazing. Zac efron jus gets better evertime i see him

Kate

Absolutely excellent, the most fun I have had watching a film in years, I was smiling or laughing the whole way through! It's really feel good and makes you want to dance and I don't agree that it's not as musically memorable, I have the OST and can't get the songs out of my head I love them! Also lil Zac Efron is a revelation, that kid deserves more praise for his actual talent than he gets. I thought everyone was brilliant in it, not a bad performance all round and Nikki Blonsky is terrific, her voice literally smiles as she sings. Very inspiring for voluptuous women and anyone who is different

Kate

Absolutely excellent, the most fun I have had watching a film in years, I was smiling or laughing the whole way through! It's really feel good and makes you want to dance and I don't agree that it's not as musically memorable, I have the OST and can't get the songs out of my head I love them! Also lil Zac Efron is a revelation, that kid deserves more praise for his actual talent than he gets. I thought everyone was brilliant in it, not a bad performance all round and Nikki Blonsky is terrific, her voice literally smiles as she sings. Very inspiring for voluptuous women and anyone who is different

cooldudette x

Omg this film was halarious , x It was the bomdiggidyy x :D Was so gid seen it twice defo see it again . x People you have to go see it its sooo god . x :P :L 10/10 ********** x

cooldudette x

Omg this film was halarious , x It was the bomdiggidyy x :D Was so gid seen it twice defo see it again . x People you have to go see it its sooo god . x :P :L 10/10 ********** x

Katie Owende

This film gave me a real buzz!!!!Felt like getting up and having a jig myself!! John Travolta was sooooo funny in it!!!heehee

Katie Owende

This film gave me a real buzz!!!!Felt like getting up and having a jig myself!! John Travolta was sooooo funny in it!!!heehee

paige W

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the best film eva, i want to watch it again. when the dvds out i'm getting it. You have to see it (even if you already have watch it again)

paige W

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the best film eva, i want to watch it again. when the dvds out i'm getting it. You have to see it (even if you already have watch it again)

X..Beth..X

Brilliant... ALl the songs are great and its a good, fun film to see.... Defiently reccomend it.

Lol

This Film is just amazing ive seen it three times and have the soundtack! i no all the words to the songs and it is just amazing,thrilling and funny! it makes me laff every tym! Defintley go see it! x

Lol

This Film is just amazing ive seen it three times and have the soundtack! i no all the words to the songs and it is just amazing,thrilling and funny! it makes me laff every tym! Defintley go see it! x

jules

A fantastic fun cinema experience, easily the most exciting film I've seen in years. I've seen it twice and am going to see it again tonight. I persuaded loads of people to see it and they all bought the soundtrack. Fabulous Fabulous!

jules

A fantastic fun cinema experience, easily the most exciting film I've seen in years. I've seen it twice and am going to see it again tonight. I persuaded loads of people to see it and they all bought the soundtrack. Fabulous Fabulous!

Belinda

Fabulous!!, Loved it, John Travolta & Michelle Pfieffer you are both class!! FANTASTIC From Malta.

Belinda

Fabulous!!, Loved it, John Travolta & Michelle Pfieffer you are both class!! FANTASTIC From Malta.

zayneb

i think hair spray was really good i liked it because amanda bynes was in it. i think it is a really good film to watck and if you have not seen it you should

zayneb

i think hair spray was really good i liked it because amanda bynes was in it. i think it is a really good film to watck and if you have not seen it you should

natalie

the flim is a 5star flim.it was so funny and enjoyable 2 watch.zac was sooo cute in the flim i wish my b.f look like him xlolx

natalie

the flim is a 5star flim.it was so funny and enjoyable 2 watch.zac was sooo cute in the flim i wish my b.f look like him xlolx

Zac Efron #1 Fan

I went To See Hairspray 8 Times No kidding The Best Film Out better Then HSM and Zac Efron Looks So Cute In It So Good For All Of The Family And I Will Be One Of The First To Buy It On Dvd!! Class 10/10!!!

Zac Efron #1 Fan

I went To See Hairspray 8 Times No kidding The Best Film Out better Then HSM and Zac Efron Looks So Cute In It So Good For All Of The Family And I Will Be One Of The First To Buy It On Dvd!! Class 10/10!!!

fanny fartknocker

We all loved it! fast-moving and fun. Good songs too.We go pretty regular tro the pix and this one was a lot better than a lot of the so-called big releases.Really enjoyed it in fact!

fanny fartknocker

We all loved it! fast-moving and fun. Good songs too.We go pretty regular tro the pix and this one was a lot better than a lot of the so-called big releases.Really enjoyed it in fact!

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