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Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.0/10 (52,314 voted)

Critic's Score: 81/100

Director: Adam Shankman

Stars: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky

Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do!

Writers: Leslie Dixon, John Waters

John Travolta - Edna Turnblad
Michelle Pfeiffer - Velma Von Tussle
Christopher Walken - Wilbur Turnblad
Amanda Bynes - Penny Pingleton
James Marsden - Corny Collins
Queen Latifah - Motormouth Maybelle
Brittany Snow - Amber Von Tussle
Zac Efron - Link Larkin
Elijah Kelley - Seaweed
Allison Janney - Prudy Pingleton
Nikki Blonsky - Tracy Turnblad
Taylor Parks - Little Inez
Jayne Eastwood - Miss Wimsey
Paul Dooley - Mr. Spritzer
Jerry Stiller - Mr. Pinky

Taglines: In July 2007, are you ready for something big?


Official Website: Metropolitan Films [France] | New Line Cinema [United States] |

Release Date: 20 July 2007

Filming Locations: 1116 King St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $27,476,745 (USA) (20 July 2007) (3 Screens)

Gross: $202,548,575 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Amanda Bynes' pigtails took two hours in hair and make-up every morning.

Anachronisms: There are a number of musical anachronisms: songs, LPs that were not yet available in 1962. The Top 10 chart on the CC Show has "Leader of the Pack" and other songs yet to be released. Motormouth's record store racks show, among others, Junior Walker & the All-Stars' "Road-Runner" LP, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "A Pocketfull of Miracles" LP, and a Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell LP, all not released for another few years.

[first lines]
Tracy Turnblad: [singing] Oh, oh, oh, woke up today, feeling the way I always do. Oh, oh, oh, hungry for something that I can't eat. Then I hear that beat. That rhythm of town starts calling me down. It's like a message from high above. Oh, oh, oh, pulling me out to the smiles and the streets that I love. Good morning, Baltimore!

User Review

The Ultimate Feel Good Film!

Rating: 10/10

I just saw Hairspray the movie at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle--the same theater where Hairspray the musical premiered five years ago. It could be that I am just dizzied by the dashing good looks of Zac Efron, but the magic that was produced on stage by the original Hairspray cast has transfered flawlessly to the big screen.

I couldn't have asked for more. Nikki Blonsky premiered beautifully as the spunky and voluptuous Tracy Turnblad. John Travolta delivered. Christopher Walken was charming and hilarious. Queen Latifah was "big, black, and beautiful." Michelle Pfeiffer--perfectly obnoxious...the list goes on.

The candy colored costumes and thrilling choreography were so enjoyable, and even the more serious parts of the film (though there are very few!) were touching and sincere.

The only thing I wished had been included was the song "Mama I'm a Big Girl Now." While it would have been a great addition, other big song and dance numbers carried the film along just fine.

I caught myself smiling like a buffoon more than once. A must see for musical lovers--or anyone who just likes to have a good time.

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