Hairspray Synopsis
Couple's (Divine, Jerry Stiller) plump daughter (Ricki Lake) goes on '50s dance show.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Movie magic.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A great big sloppy kiss of entertainment for audiences weary of explosions, CGI effects and sequels, sequels, sequels.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The best and most entertaining movie adaptation of a stage musical so far this century - and yes, I’m including the Oscar-winning "Chicago."
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A fizzy and delirious high-camp message-movie musical that may just turn out to be the happiest movie of the summer.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A rocking, rollicking crowd-pleaser.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's hard to resist the film's exuberance.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
If you look fast, you'll see Waters himself in a cameo (as a flasher; what else?), proof the new film is in touch with its dyed roots.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
John Travolta may stand out as a plus-size laundress who is hesitant, drab and retiring, but Hairspray is a consistently flashy, rousing...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
John Travolta takes on John Waters in Hairspray, and the result is anything but a drag in this appealingly goofy, all-singing, all-dancing...
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Wall Street Journal

In the musical numbers, where by rights Mr. Travolta should shine, he's almost out-danced and certainly out-charmed by Edna's better half,...
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By chelle22
It was great. I luved the music. Nikki Blonsky was excellent. I'm so glad that Ricki Lake got to do a cameo appearance in this film, since she was the original. Excellent movie I can't wait until it...


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By rbmcky
I saw this movie a few days ago and there is only one for to describe it: "WOW"! Everyone in the audience was laughing, clapping, and singing! It was a great film! Without giving away too much of the...

Favorite Movie!!!

By movie_goer525
This is my favorite movie ever!!!!!! I have the special edition DVD and Blu-Ray!!!!!!!!!! I love all of the songs and scenes. After I went to go see it the first time, I bought the CD. A few days...


By BroadwayRoe
I was a bit skeptical at first--the play was amazing and touching. How could they transfer it to the big screen? They not only succeeded--they created the greatest stage-to-screen musical I've seen in...

Get on Your Feet!

By ldecker73
That's what I wanted to do. Get up and dance to the music. I had to settle for just moving in my seat though. This movie was great! It was upbeat, clean, and just left you feeling good. I grew up...

this is the best movie ever

By kellybird55
this is the best movie ever you must see it!!!...


By Movie Freak10
Ok People I Am Not The Kind Of Person Who Sees Musicals But I Just Had To See Hairspray I Mean John Travolta As Women And Amanda Bynes Who Is THe Hottest Girl Ever!!!!!!!! I Loved This Movie I Think...

Hairspray is GROOOVY!! Two HIP Thumbs Up!!

By trevigirls
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was! I was impressed with the plethora of authentic props, clothing, cars, etc. (would love to know how/where they obtained so many of the same...

Shockingly good!

By SixthElement13
When I first saw the previews to this I turned to my girlfriend and said I would never go see that movie! The next day I ended up with a free pair of tickets for a Previewing of the movie before it...

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Rated PG | For language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says A kitschy teen fantasy you can dance to.
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