Hairspray

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A ‘pleasantly plump’ teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

ACTORS :  Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1988

POSTAGE : Free postage within Australia

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‘Pleasantly Plump’ teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show’s former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber’s manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.

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I saw it when it first came out, I’ve seen it several times since, and my last viewing was just a few weeks ago. It never seems flat or old.

It takes a look at an issue that doesn’t necessarily seem to be a goldmine of laughs (racial difficulties in the early ’60s) and turns it into just that without robbing it of any dignity or sense of importance. John Waters seems to have pulled out all the stops to insure this outcome, and it really paid off.

The “pleasingly plump” pre-talk show Ricki Lake turns in a great performance in a role that’s an inspiration to “chunky” girls everywhere.

As always, Waters picks cameo and supporting actors that are dead-on perfect. His own turn as a psychologist is an absolute scream! Brimming with hysterical lines and set-ups, this is a comedy you need to see, if you haven’t already.

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As a HUGE fan of John Waters films, I have nothing but praise for this film. So fun, so campy, so enjoyable ( and you know…there IS a real plot inside the film. It’s not just music and hair! ) The characters are at once silly and loveable, esp. Divine as Edna Turnblatt. And who can’t love Ricki Lake as the voluptous teen sensation, Tracy Turnblatt!?! It’s such a great movie. The one liners alone make me howl, as well as the great 60’s look they were able to COAT the film with ( like hairspray? ) The clothes, the furniture, the makeup, EVERYTHING. Stellar pseudo B-movie casting ( Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono ). It’s a favorite!!!

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