Monday, March 24, 2008

Hairspray The Musical (2007) PG - 3 Stars

At first I didn't care to see this movie with John Travolta playing a woman's role, but he pulls it off as Edna Turnblad. Edna is the mother of Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) an overweight girl who's only dream is to be on the local teen dance television show. Set in Baltimore, Edna does everything possible to keep her daughter from trying out as she doesn't feel she is pretty enough to gain the spot and doesn't want to see her hurt. Tracy's father, (Christopher Walken), encourages his daughter to go after what she wants in life.

Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer) operates the local and extremely white, television show. She feels her daughter Amber (Brittany Snow) is better qualified as she is the prettier one and has he eyes set on the tittle of Miss Hairspray. But Tracy steals the spotlight, while putting the racial tension that exists on the show on hold, when she invites her African American friends to join her on stage. Even mom is proud now.

New Line Cinema
Director: Adam Shankman
Writers: Leslie Dixon, Mark O'Donnell, Thomas Meehan
Producers: Neil Meron, Craig Zadan
I viewed 1/08

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