Tracy Turnblad is a girl with big hair, big dreams, and a big body. It's 1962 and this Baltimore high school student wants nothing more than to land a spot on The Corny Collins Show, a local American Bandstand-styled TV hit. Unfortunately, Tracy also has big problems: Her overprotective, defeatist mom, Edna (John Travolta), doesn't want her to audition, and the show's producer, Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer), is too narrow-minded to cast our chubby heroine and risk stealing any screen time from her spoiled daughter and star cast-member, Amber.

But that doesn't dissuade Tracy (played by Nikki Blonsky), who has more pluck than aerosol strength working for her. When she lands in detention, our earnest girl makes friends and trades dance moves with the African American students, who only get to shine on Corny's monthly "Negro Day." When Tracy's new, somewhat suggestive grooves at the school dance earn her the attention of Corny Collins (James Marsden), her dreams finally come true. She's now a show regular, and that much closer to her crush, Link Larkin (Zac Efron), the Elvis-inspired crooner who can't even say his own name without a smarmy wink.

With one dream fulfilled, Tracy aims higher—setting her sights on the Miss Hairspray title, as well as on racially integrating Corny's show. Corny's all for it, but the station's producers, led by villainous Velma, won't hear of it. Will a big heart and big hair be enough to help Tracy lead a revolution? Land her crooner crush? Stay out of jail? Oh, of course I'm not saying. But I will reveal that the journey to these answers is one fun ride.

Hairspray is based on the 2002 Broadway musical, which is based on the 1988 John Waters' cult film classic, both of the same name. This ...

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Mpaa Rating
PG (for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking)
Directed By
Adam Shankman
Run Time
1 hour 57 minutes
John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes
Theatre Release
July 20, 2007 by New Line Cinema
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