I heard about it everywhere and I always wanted to see it. I watched the trailer over and over; I heard people mentioning it years after it came out. Finally, after approximately five years of thinking about it, I got around to watching this movie (wow, great commitment). This was originally, apparently, a movie that wasn’t a musical and then it was made into a Broadway musical and then, finally, this musical-film version was created. I had no clue what this movie was even about (except from a few ideas from the trailer), but I was happily surprised at the heartwarming story. In fact, I loved it so much that I re-watched it again the next day.
Some Actors and Actresses: John Travolta, Zac Efron, Nikki Blonsky, Queen Latifah, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer
Age Group: Elementary school up to adults
My Rating: 3.5/4 stars
Tracy is an overweight girl with big dreams, living in the 60’s. Her and her friend, Penny, are completely obsessed with their Baltimore hometown’s show: The Corny Collins Show (sponsored by Ultra-Clutch Hairspray, hence the name). Tracy harbors a crush on the show’s teen heartthrob, Link Larkin. When there is a chance to audition, Tracy eagerly jumps up to the plate but is refused by a woman named Velma, who helps run the show, because of her weight and upright belief in equality.
The next day, Tracy gets detention and meets some black people, who quickly become some new friends. Tracy joins into a dance on the Corny Collins show and the host (Corny) likes what she does and quickly lets her onto the show. Tracy is elated. However, this doesn’t last long and she is kept off the show after her mother thinks that she was cheated on by Tracy’s father (Velma’s hideous scam).
Tracy decides she might as well help her new friends and begins protesting segregation in the streets. The police end up being after her and she must escape their clutches. But there’s always the question: Who will win Miss Teenage Hairspray? Will it be snooty Amber, Velma’s daughter? Our protagonist Tracy? Or someone else?
This was packed with great songs, sweet teenage romance, fun, and a lot of heart. I loved the plot, because it really surprised me how well it was laid out and what a powerful message it portrayed. Personally, the characters were my favorite part. Tracy was totally relatable and so much fun to watch, along with having a wonderful singing voice. I was shocked to find out after watching half of the movie that Tracy’s mom was played by John Travolta! What?! After rewatching it I could totally see this and it was hilariously entertaining. Overall, this film was a masterpiece of plot, characters, and had fun music!