Hairspray (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

Sixteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema brings a feature film adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway production "Hairspray" to life. Based on John Waters' 1988 cult classic about star-struck teenagers on a local Baltimore dance show, the comedy features new and original material.

Rating: PG (for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Meehan, Mark O'Donnell, Leslie Dixon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2007
Box Office: $118.8M
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as Edna Turnblad

as Velma Von Tussle

as Motormouth Maybelle

as Wilbur Turnbald

as Corny Collins

as Penny Pingleton

as Seaweed J. Stubbs

as Link Larkin

as Amber Von Tussle

as Tracy Turnblad

as Prudy Pingleton

as Little Inez

as Mr. Pinky

as Janetta

as Cameraman

as Talent Agent

as Teacher

as Cop Nick

as Link's Backup Singer...

as Police Chief

as TV Reporter

as News Anchorman

as Mr. Flak

as Science Geek Teacher

as Cop on TV

as Dynamite

as Flasher

as Mr. Spritzer

as Dynamite
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Critic Reviews for Hairspray

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (47)

For a star-studded big-budget musical, Hairspray does a nice job of retaining the funky sweetness of the original.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

If any movie musical could threaten the standing of retro favourite Grease, it's this one.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Radio Times

Director-choreographer Adam Shankman has come up with one of the purest entertainments of the summer.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It pays respect to the original while also carving its own image as a truly good musical.

Full Review… | September 8, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Much as Hairspray serves as a showcase for the effervescent charms of newcomer Blonsky, its greatest trick is to revitalise the careers of a few old Hollywood faithfuls.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

In alchemy the transmuting of materials between forms distills them to their purest elements. In film, the opposite is true. The more iterations, the more muddled things get. Hairspray is good at what it does but not everything it does is good.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Audience Reviews for Hairspray

Brilliant cast and music. Story about a girl called Tracy who wants to be a dancer on her favourite TV show the Corny Collins Show. Corny is played by James Marsden, who is very cute. It has serious moments when it touchs on the social divisions between races in the 1960s. It takes a little while to get used to John Travolta in character. Link (Zac Efron) is very handsome. Great songs. Look out for a cameo by Ricki Lake (talent scout).

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Hairspray really didn't do it for me whatsoever. I felt that this movie was quite overrated and it really wasn't as good as what many critics have said it to be. I was just bored with this film, and I felt it could have been much better and it really didn't have anything memorable. As a musical, this film doesn't do anything refreshing or original and it fails to really entertain like other classic musicals. There is nothing going on here to make this a fun, entertaining ride from start to finish, and I was let down by this film. I really wanted to enjoy this film, but I simply didn't get into it. Acting wise, I felt many actors misses the mark, and overdid it. John Travolta being one of them. This film relied on an over the top script that tried to do too much with its ideas for a plot. This could have worked, but the director doesn't deliver, and Adam Shankman is a bad director who never has made anything worth watching. His direction is sloppy, and he tries to do far too much with the film's plot, and he ends up delivering a film that is cheesy and pitiful and doesn't deliver. Even the great Christopher Walken is wasted here. Hairspray is a pointless film that could have been so much better than what it turned out to be. I really didn't like the film, and felt it missed the mark. This film disappointed me, and I was more annoyed most of the time. This film is more for a teen audience looking for laughs, and I can see the appeal, but as for me I didn't like it, and for me the ultimate musical is The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I love musicals and to see Zac Efron in one again made this film for me. Outstanding! I wanted to dance and sing a long to all the songs and it shows such a positive message. A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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