“ I initially avoided this movie because I had seen a few small glimpses of it and thought it looked too tame and a trifle boring.
“ "Hairspray" has now been immortalized on Broadway as an enormous, energetic, fabulously entertaining musical which kept the conceit of a man playing Tracy's mother, again with great success.
“ The only real bad performance is by Michael St. Gerard (notice his career went nowhere after this).
“ This fast-moving film had a number of good and bad things going for or against it....
“ I've been wanting to see this film for quite some time now and while I found the film to be entertaining I think Waters scored better with Cry-Baby when it comes to his throwbacks to the 60s.
“ It often goes for the gag, which makes any comedy, stage, television, movie, or anything else so predictable and bomb.
“ pretentious, rubbish .
“ It deals with such a sensitive issue thats still relevant today (prejudice) in an easily digestable and engaging way.
“ oh well, the movie was funny and enjoyable and i liked it.
“ So fun, so campy, so enjoyable ( and you know...
“ She camped up John Water's script and delivered an enjoyable musical movie with a message that is just as important today as it was 20 years ago.
“ Oh please the truth is, no storyline, acting was atrocious, (putting aside Rickie Lake, and Divine) there was just nothing in this movie for me to be interested in, Right thats my lot.
“ In his earlier films, the content is generally distracting enough for the audience not to really notice the rather boring directorial style; but this film doesn't have that, and while the style is a big enough distraction at first; it soon becomes clear that the plot is rather lacking and the film becomes dull before we even reach the halfway point.
“ It has its minor flaws, a few scenes and strands are resolved a little too easily and Michael St Gerard is a bit bland compared to the rest of the cast.
“ He's handsome and a dead ringer for Elvis (who he played in a 1990 TV mini) but bland.
“ So by the end it's just sort of boring.
“) but it was mostly really boring.
“ Boring, Overrated Movie that Does Have a few Moments .
“ All too often, they are either ignored completely (such as the unwritten "no one above a size 6 allowed on the film" rule), or shown as pathetic or tortured (like in the excessively pointless and cruel French film, FAT GIRL).
“ The film has, as John Waters other films too, many funny, and strange cameo appearances, who are amusing and entertaining.
“" And personally, I think Rikki Lake was much more entertaining before she lost all the weight.