Hairspray: Uplifting, Fun, Musical

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Hairspray, directed by Adam Shankman, is the uplifting, fun, musical everyone is looking for. In Baltimore in the 1960’s Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) is a dance loving teen but is stuck in the shadows in her small apartment. The most popular TV show, Tracy’s favorite, The Corny Collins Show is known for having skinny, classy girls and Tracy happens to be the complete opposite.

Although Hairspray is rated PG there are some inappropriate references in the movie. In the movie Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer) pulls tissues out of a girl’s bra and a sock out of a boy’s pants to show them trying to enhance their body features. This could be inappropriate for some younger children. Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer) also sings about how she “screwed the judges” to win Miss Teenage Hairspray. Other than these details, the movie well suits the PG rating.

One of the groovy, uplifting, and exciting scenes of Hairspray is when the character Tracy Turnblad sings “Good Morning, Baltimore.” Since it is the first scene that anyone sees it boosts excitement and anticipation for the movie to come. In this scene Tracy sings about when she wakes up, what she sees, and her daily morning routine.

Overall, Hairspray is a fun, carefree, joyful movie. Hairspray may seem like a musical that only dancers or singers would like but it is interesting and has a clear definite storyline. This film is a four star rating because of the quality in actors, technology, lighting, music, and sound. It shouldn’t be five because of the inappropriate references that do not fit the rating. The more it is watched the better and better it gets.