Hairspray (2007) - Comedy, Drama, Musical

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Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Adam Shankman
Stars: John Travolta, Queen Latifah
Length: 117 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 48 out of 413 found boring (11.62%)

One-line Reviews (238)

In the original film, all of the characters - even the bad ones - had some amount of humor or nuttiness that was really enjoyable.

The hard-edged, provocative and unconventional dialog has been diluted to the point of bland.

Hairspray is a rousing triumph, and the best time you'll have at the movies all year.

All in all, fantastic music, cinematography and production design make for a very enjoyable night at the movies, FAR more than I had expected!

The movie overall was very entertaining and fun to watch.

John Travolta was very enjoyable as Edna, and it looked like he enjoyed is role!

This movie takes a fun and enjoyable path on educating people of the horror of discrimination of African Americans.

And the story really is quite predictable from there.

Either all the songs are fast, or if they are slow they are full of sight gags, making this a great movie for kids, adults, and men and women.

They all fill a valid role and are enjoyable and likable by probably all demographics (No one seems cast simply to draw a certain fan base).

He is a much more engaging performer The real eye candy is the impossibly gorgeous and talented Elijah Kelley.

Even though I usually can't stand musicals, I can say this movie is extremely entertaining, hilarious, musically fun and surprising.

James Marsden has a stunning voice that you would never expect to come out of him.

Once you get over John in a fat suit and just decide to enjoy it is a truly enjoyable ride.

Entertaining musical.

Enjoyable .

everyone is normal/dull, even drag queen mother, john travolta (who wanted mom to look real) so why not get a real woman?

extremely entertaining.

please do wait for the curtain call as you would just feel the enthusiasm of the audience and how they enjoyed it.

Her stunning performance of !

It's plain fun, it's entertaining, it's uplifting, it's filled with laughs, great songs and great dances.

Amazingly Entertaining .

This is a very entertaining movie.

Good) very catchy songs, mostly good acting Bad) Travolta ripping off the robe, some boring parts, some dancing parts

This should be put amongst the greatest musical movies of all time as well as being voted amongst the best and most entertaining movies of the year.

The candy colored costumes and thrilling choreography were so enjoyable, and even the more serious parts of the film (though there are very few!

Comparing the two movie versions is pretty much useless (Waters' film wasn't a musical after all, and it had a far slimmer budget), but beefing up the (supporting) characters of Velma Von Tussle and Motormouth Maybelle was pointless (except to showcase Michelle Pfeiffer and Queen Latifah, respectively, in these roles).

But all the good guys are so unquestionably good and all the bad guys are so unquestionably bad that there were times I simply found it kind of boring.

I absolutely loved it , and even if you don't get round to seeing the film , the soundtrack is fantastic , and i would highly recommend it.

This was the absolute worst movie in the history of film.

"Hairspray" is a glass overflowing with boring characters, cringe inducing songs, and a story that is told in such a slow and boring way.

And it's a very enjoyable movie where you feel plenty of positivity exuding when the end credits start to roll.

Blonsky tackles her role with ease and puts forth a vivacious and entertaining performance in the role of Tracy.

Enjoyable & entertaining .

I've heard people say it's the most "lame" and "corny" movies of all time and I've heard people say It's got the best music of all time and both of those statements are true and together they make a very entertaining movie.

Probably the most entertaining movie I've seen all summer and just so much fun.

Michelle Pfeiffer was quite good as Mrs. Van Tussell - Christopher Walken - boring.

) Very enjoyable and worth seeing!

As for the adult cast, that is actually where the movie's only problem resides: while the cheerfully evil Pfeiffer and musical veteran Latifah have no trouble merging with their roles, Travolta and Walken show a little discomfort at first, both needing a couple of scenes before they can perfect the transition from "amusing" to "irresistibly funny" (the scene where the two perform "You Are Timeless To Me" together manages to be entertaining and oddly touching simultaneously).

Hairspray is one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen this year so far .

100 percent worth watching!

There are some things I really didn't care for in the film, but, I must say, the film's young cast, to which I attribute its enormous success, makes it well worth watching.

It's one of those movies when you're on the edge of your seat and not blinking as you watch it.

James Marsden (terrific and captivating in his role), Queen Latifah (stunning and beautiful, outspoken, really great role), Zac Efron (bound to become Hollywood's latest 'It' boy and a really talented singer and dancer and actor, Elijah Kelley (terrific performance and had great chemistry with Bynes), Allison Janney (just hilarious in her small cameo role and had some great physical comedy), and Jerry Stiller who is just one of those guys you smile at when you see him show up on screen.

The music itself is mostly quite dull, and seems to rely largely on existing 50s music with new lyrics (and the new lyrics don't do the old songs much justice).

With the history used, the director of Hairspray made the movie very entertaining with a deep, historical background of the past.

Personally I thought all the songs were catchy and entertaining.

For someone like myself, that's pretty exciting.

John T is a bore again.

It seems that teenagers would especially love seeing the characters break out of the bounds their parents and society are setting them, but actually I wonder it wouldn't be a little too formulaic for them lacking in emotional depth.

Link Larkin (Zac Efron) had every girl in the audience on the edge of their seats with his cool James Dean attitude and his attractive physical features.

This is a musical, but it is so humorous and entertaining that you forget the actors are singing sometimes!

The costumes, the set and the story were exciting, colourful and down right perfect, i really have never seen a movie as flawless as this, i think the fact that i've seen it three times already when it's not even been open for a week says it all!

The movie is entertaining with its music and humor.

I started to watch this, and actually walked out.

It seems that the dire state the planet is in at the moment has given way to a host of soft-centered, enjoyable family films.

The film is too genuinely wholesome and outright entertaining to generate much contempt, and even though the plot may stumble on occasion, the film whips by at such a steady clip, fueled by universally superb singing and performances by the cast that it is near impossible to avoid being caught up in the infectious enthusiasm of the production.

As a friendly advice I would say : don't waste your time watching crap like this one.

Since I was accustomed to the songs and knew the feel for the movie it was even more enjoyable the second time.

The finale has a somewhat contrived result in the naming of Mis Teen Hairspray for the year.

Such an unflinchingly feel good film might be the sort to stir up contempt in some of its more jaded viewers, but Hairspray always seems so brightly genuine that it avoids syrupy cliché, culminating in a satisfyingly touching film.

What we have now is a funeral dirge ballad during a race protest, an off the wall bollixed pseudo-affair between two of the characters, the dropping of great songs from the stage for stupid and pointless production numbers that make you cringe, an underused Michelle Pfieffer, an overused and out of place Christopher Walken, and one of THE MOST embarrassing performances ever captured on film by John Travolta in his ridiculous attempt to tackle the role of Edna Turnblad.

Having seen Hairspray just hours ago, I have to say: This is one of the most entertaining movies I've seen this year so far!

This would probably be a bright and entertaining musical if one of the lead characters was not so horribly miscast.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable movie and the casting selection was excellent.

The musical numbers (and there are a lot of them) are absolutely stunning.

She looks stunning and creates a good villainous foil for Blonsky.

Of course you have to know that the singing in a movie like this is going to be spot on, and they definitely don't disappoint in that department, I adored all the musical numbers whether they were fast and fun or more slow and sentimental.

It was boring so I stopped the DVD and watched something else.

I've seen it twice, and enjoyed it just as much the second time.

The intense and sometimes bitter rivalry between TV networks is well portrayed.

This film was a lot of fun and contained some entertaining songs.

Yawn .

It was enjoyable enough, mostly because of the songs by Marc Shaiman, who made the South Park and Team America movies so fun in addition to scoring many other films.

The Miss Hairspray contest was entertaining.

She is absolutely stunning.

) But he's entertaining, though not nearly the centerpiece I think many thought he would be in this film.

Christopher Walken was an unexpected surprise and he was very funny as well.

"Pacificer" director Adam Shankman, a former stage choreographer, keeps things humming throughout this PG-rated nonsense with its predictable ending.

Zac Efron gives a stunning and outstanding performance as Link Larkin , and he made the part his own !

Fans of the Broadway show may miss a couple of songs or object to some (generally unnecessary) tinkering of the plot line, but this is mostly a very entertaining and effervescent adaptation.

Add to that the various period/social overtones, and you get a fun, relentlessly entertaining musical with a heart AND a brain.

Very bland in tone: not what you're looking for in this material.


It's a breathtaking musical that will bring a smile to the most Gothic of manic depressives.

It was actually very surreal watching John Travolta and Chris Walken slow dance - something I would never had imagined seeing.

Every musical number is visually stunning.

I had barely even noticed that the entire movie had passed and ended: It's just so engrossing and so fun, you don't even notice anymore, you just want to hear more songs and see more dance numbers.

I really REALLY enjoyed it.

The only slight complaint I will make is that, although they were meaningful and went with the plot, the slow songs seemed to bring the mood down.

too cliché.

Hairspray is generally quite an enjoyable musical with some great song-and-dance routines and little of the awful clichés that dragged down High School Musical.

I hope everyone who saw that film enjoyed it.

And from there the movie was crammed with hilarious scenes and unexpected parts.

The jubilant dance numbers, Marc Shaiman's catchy music and Scott Wittman's snappy lyrics are performed with bubbly abandon by each and every cast member.

cute, entertaining and a great movie musical .

I have never walked out in the middle of a movie in my life.

I went to see it on Monday, and it ended up being a rollicking fun bubbly romp with no strings attached, dance-a-licious from beginning to end with perfectly cast, perfectly campy, and perfectly enjoyable from beginning to end.

The family really enjoyed it and throughout the film were smiling and laughing at some points of the film when john Travolta was dancing we and most of the audience where in hysterics This is a very funny film and put together very well I will be watching it again when it comes out on DVD.

You can Appreciate amazing coreographies, beautiful locations enjoyable songs and a beautiful message.

From the rousing opening number "Good Morning, Baltimore" to the dancy, flashy, fun finale "You Can't Stop the Beat," Hairspray is first and foremost a movie that will make you want to get up out of your seat and dance in the aisles, singing along with the terrific cast.

The Most Entertaining Movie I've Ever Seen In My Life .

That cast is largely responsible for making this film the exhilarating success that it is, and the fact that the casting is unpredictable and strange makes it all the more thrilling that it works.

Comments about the fun he had with the fantastically fascinating Christoper Walken loosened me up enough to think "What the heck" and so I went.

Still, from beginning to end this is a very enjoyable movie that you will never regret watching.

These include, of course, hairspray as its advertising sponsor, a token "Negro Day," in which the local black population shows off their fascinating dance moves, and a prejudiced and vain former Miss Baltimore producer, hysterically portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer.

I have watched the older version of Hairspray before, and in my opinion, this version is more entertaining.

As I left the theater, there were only two songs that stuck in my mind.

His constant energy was so entertaining.

It's so foolish, boring and innocent that, like many other movies, don't worth to pay the ticket.

Too "American" and shallow, but with strong performances and entertaining .

I was surprised at how dull the choreography was in general; I don't remember that problem from the stage version.

I'm boring myself writing this, almost as much as I was bored as this trite, superficial yarn unfolded on screen.

Save your money and wait for it to air on HBO or SHOWTIME next year.

The cast did a fantastic job, (especially John Travolta and Amanda Bynes), and the movie emphasized a very important point (integration) while keeping the movie upbeat and enjoyable.

If the parents are zombies, the white kids mostly dull pastel with the exception of Tracy, the black performers are the most colorful lively performers in the movie.

But while the racial tension is not overlooked, it is not allowed to overshadow what is, at its heart, a fun and enjoyable musical.

Chicago started the trend of bringing back movie musicals and it was definitely stunning, even cinching Best Picture...

I grabbed my niece's hand and we left the theatre an hour into the movie.

What follows is fairly predictable and unoriginal.

The song and dance of this film makes it enjoyable to watch.

Especially during the march, which I believe was the most intense moment of the movie because of the emotions the characters showed through their faces, and the song.

Don't know if thats true, but smells like propaganda stuff from a mile away.

It opens with an absolutely stunning song by newcomer Nikki Blonsky ("Good Morning Baltimore") and then continues with an equally stunning performance by the same actress (playing the lead character Tracy Turnblad) and it just continues on at a frenetic pace that will leave the viewer almost exhausted with (a) a lot of laughing and (b) just the contagious energy level of the movie.

The story itself is very enjoyable.

If this the common mindset towards the musical, that it is to be judged by large on the quality of the music rather than its technical achievements as a film, devices such as character development can often become pedestrian and tedious as the audience awaits the next spontaneous burst into song and dance.

This film just won me over with it's music, charm and overall entertaining nature.

I think I'll watch any copy or remake, at least for a while, because its fascinating to have one movie folded onto another.

The downside - it dragged a bit at points, even with the dance routines.

We all left the theater thoroughly unimpressed this summer.

So, it's an enjoyable film - a little slice of 1960's ethnic attitudes and tension.

This film does both, in this stunning romp of a musical, set in the gritty city of Baltimore in 1962, before integration of the races is completed there.

It has no script, no sense...

Apart from the unquestionably impressive song and dance numbers, the film also proves a rousing success in capturing the look and feel of the sixties in a particularly vibrant fashion.

His one-note performance became tedious and I started to dread the scenes he was in.

Her engaging smile cheer up everyone.

Michelle Pfeiffer and Amanda Byrnes also enjoy themselves and Nikki Blonsky makes a stunning debut.

In the teachers lounge, instructors are engulfed in cigarette smoke wearing the dullest suits and hairdos imaginable.

This version despite all the good cheer and a surprisingly good performance by John Travolta felt at times long and repetitive.

that goes to stage and then back to the silver screen suffered somewhere along the way to make it uninteresting.

Easily one of the most entertaining movie experiences of this year or any year.

I enjoyed it greatly, and in most part for the performances.

Fantastic Film, Very Enjoyable!

I dislike Zac Efron, however, and think his casting was a corny mistake which dragged the film down a little.

Between John Travoltas horrid performance and the fact that they cut out literally half the songs this movie was boring to watch.

It is a joy to see so many talented actors collaborate to such tremendously enjoyable effect.

Powerful, Enjoyable move!.

One nice change was made to the finale, but generally the song's impact is dissipated by dialogue interruptions and pointless, unfunny slapstick.

One word can describe these characters: boring.

The movie is good in all the areas of controversy, better when it weaves in the singing and the dancing, and at its nostalgic best when it becomes a simple coming of age in the 60s flick.

Unfortunately, it was quite tedious when compared to the original with Divine in the role of Edna Turnblad.

The music is enjoyable and fun.

The songs in this movie are great however some in the beginning dragged on for a little bit longer than they should have.

She really was endearing and entertaining and had me from the moment she rose out of the bed and sang Good Morning Baltimore through the entire film.

In her first movie role, Nikki Blonsky plays her part with such compelling energy that you can only cheer along.

Totally engaging, excellent new songs, captivating choreography, great clothes and a beautiful variation on the original.

Amazingly funny and entertaining .

Imagine my surprise when I really enjoyed it.

It's vibrant, engaging, loving, positive, and it even manages to wear its mission proudly for those who are in need of a helping hand and some moral support.

Entertaining Movie.

) While no one would accuse Hairspray of occupying the upper echelon of movie musicals, it's an entertaining diversion, which is about the most anyone could hope for from something ultimately spawned in the mind of John Waters.

Chicago had the cynical look at lawyers that is popular even today, the fascinating look at murder and betrayal, and a whole cinematic courtroom feast while Moulin Rouge has the eternal bittersweet love story and a truly psychedelic musical visual banquet.

This film is probably more suited for girls, but this film was quite entertaining and had some great songs.

Entertaining musical.

I left the theater with a big smile in my face, cheered and entertained, wanting to dance, thinking that the money I had paid for the ticket was well worth it.

) While no one would accuse Hairspray of occupying the upper echelon of movie musicals, it's an entertaining diversion, which is about the most anyone could hope for from something ultimately spawned in the mind of John Waters.

Dosen't matter, it's still enjoyable), Michelle Pfeiffer (perfect as the ice-cold beauty who can't let go of her past), Christopher Walken (always good to see him dance, which I've enjoyed since watching him on "Saturday Night Live"), Zac Efron, James Marsden (a hoot as Corny Collins and now the second X-Man-after Hugh Jackman-who has great vocals), Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley, Queen Latifah (Loved her in Chicago, love her here), Brittany Snow (perfect contrast from one '60s dance role of Meg Pryor on "American Dreams" to here as Amber Von Tussle), Allison Janney, and, in her very first performance on film, Nikki Blondsky as social crusading optimistic dancer Tracy Turnblad.

It is lighthearted and fun which makes for an enjoyable viewing experience.

While she is escape from polices, the dance contest called "Miss Hair Spray" starts… Over all this plot is a light, entertaining movie; on the other hand, it is thought-provoking through racial discrimination.

Briefly, I just came back from the film after seeing it with my wife - she loved, I found it enjoyable!

Usually Im not used to watch musical films, but this one was surprisingly entertaining.

Yet, even though this "Hairspray" is immensely enjoyable on any number of levels, we still miss some of the trademark subversiveness that Waters brought to the original (Tracy's being thrown into "special ed" classes at school, for instance, has been summarily dropped).

First, Nikki Blonski, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Christopher Walken, and Elijah Kelley are all absolutely stunning, great voices and great acting.

The rest of the characters lacked the intense quirkiness of the original.

A very entertaining movie with high messages to watch with your family.

I enjoyed it very much.

It's very entertaining.

While this is Baltimore 1962, the film is plagued with the worn out cliché that black students make up the majority of detention room attendees.

I have seen the John Water's film lots of times and have enjoyed it.

I hate to be so critical, but Hairspray was probably the worst movie I've seen.

Take away all the repetitive and thoroughly boring music and the frantic dancing and you have a racist screed.

Dumb and formulaic, but very enjoyable (the fat girls is great) .

Michelle Pfeiffer is also very entertaining and plays a great villain.

A Complete waste of time with terrible actors.

This turns out to be the most enjoyable and engrossing movie musical I can remember.

At its very rare, though still thoroughly entertaining worst, the film buckles under the weight of obliging to slow balladry and heavy handling of the mature racism theme it had previously dealt with in such eye-opening, well meaning jest.

Some movie critics may comment on the formulaic nature of this 60s throwback.

Just as these kids are about to dismiss Tracy as just another accommodating white girl, she impresses them, especially Seaweed (TV actor Elijah Kelley), with her own snappy dance numbers.

I yawned through out the movie and I got really really bored.

I felt the pacing was off.

As per usual Hollywood affairs are for the moron masses, so this loses the appeal of the Waters film but still the fat girl is a great actress, and it rips enough off the original to make it enjoyable.

Let's just cut to the chase--Travolta turned a big, brassy, campy character like Edna Turnblad into a cowering, slow learning, knuckle dragging mental defective.

Nikki Blonsky gives a pretty nice performance for a newcomer as Tracy Turnblad, John Travolta is a very pleasant surprise as Tracy's fat mother, and we generally have entertaining performances throughout the whole film.

Next to being a wonderfully entertaining film, 'Hairspray' also brings forth some issues such as acceptance, tolerance and integration of people no matter their gender, race or sexuality.

I truly enjoyed it.

Travolta detracts from an otherwise enjoyable enough musical .

All in all, the film is entertaining if forgettable.

This was a really enjoyable movie ...

The catchy songs, flashy costumes, and colorful sets also help to make a very enjoyable musical.

The humor was banal and timeworn and not very funny.

entertaining and enjoyable .

the story was totally enjoyable, the plot incredibly convincing.

It's distracting and pointless, not to mention seeing a guy dressed up as a fat chick has NEVER been funny.

When she led that march, she was riveting.

An entertaining musical with contagious music .

Well-intentioned but clumsy and predictable .

My cheeks were hurting when I walked out of the theater.

Even though the singing pictures seemed awkward, Tracey's mother sounded like a man from the start, and the front part of Tracey's hair changed color not far into the movie, I found this movie entertaining and worth seeing.

Now this leads me onto the King of Smug himself…… he was actually very enjoyable to watch, and was clearly enjoying himself playing this character as much as the audience enjoyed watching him.

Regardless of Glamour City's lack of originality, this new Hairspray is a glitter-rama of song, dance, music and the battle over racism, and it fills the screen with enough enjoyable moments to make it a film worth your while.

Completely engaging with the audience and breaking through all the talent of this film, Blonsky is a talent to watch in the coming years.

in a time of CGI effects and mind boggling plots, it's a relief that once in a while, a movie comes that you would just simply enjoy and makes you want to scream for joy!

I can understand why they turned it into a musical, but the film musical was far too long winded for me.

This intense stylization allows "Hairspray" to exist in a never-never fantasy land where centuries of racial prejudice can be wiped away in the blink of an eye, and we never question the plausibility of it for a second.

Throughly entertaining from start to finish.

It was just very funny and extremely enjoyable.

Of course, musicals are primarily pure entertainment and not learning vehicles, but in this case the emphasis on gloss is disappointing because the source material, the 1988 "Hairspray", managed to be thoroughly entertaining while slyly slipping in quite a bit of social commentary.

Its boring.....

All the musical numbers are enjoyable.

Exuberant and incessantly enjoyable .

Bland remake without the period feel of the original .

Despite predictable storytelling director Adam Shankman is given convincing 1950's art direction.

I simply enjoyed it a lot, despite that musical isn't my favorite movie genre.

Also Amanda Bynes who played Penny, it was very entertaining to see how the relationship between her and Elijah Kelley, Seaweed grew stronger.

im giving it a fair 2 out of 10 it was that badwaste of money and time one of the WORST movies I've ever seencomone u idiots at IMDb what is this bulcrap 7.7 ???

This is the worst movie I have ever seen.

This was the worst movie I've seen in a long time.

Hairspray is socially conscience and very entertaining.

The test audience I was with enjoyed it, clapped a lot, cheered and seemed to be having a ton of fun.

That Michelle Pfeiffer can play as well a nasty woman, that John Travolta can be a convincing obese wife and Christopher Walken can play himself (boring) as usual.

I though it was very charming and entertaining.

Boring and embarrassingly bad .

well, it IS entertaining.

well i was BORED 90% of the time.

Fun to watch, specially Pfeiffer, and Travolta who play two different but equally enjoyable characters.

I don't really like singing, and dancing is kind of pointless to me.

This is an enjoyable film for the entire family.

Blonsky, Travolta, Bynes and co. deliver believable and comically sound performances that dazzle and delight when coupled with the stunning music and choreography.