Recently, I went to see the movie, Hairspray, with three of my daughters. I remembered loving the original movie that was made in 1988 with Ricki Lake playing the leading part, so looked forward to seeing a muscial remake of it. I wasn’t disappointed. If you haven’t seen Hairspray, it’s a fun movie to watch.
It’s about star-struck teenagers on a local Baltimore dance show, and Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky), is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny (Amanda Bynes) run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin (Zac Efron), much to Tracy’s mother Edna’s (John Travolta) dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins (Jason Marsden) holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. Tracy makes it on the show, but then decides that it’s not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of her parents, friends and Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah), she integrates the show.
The casting is superb with Nikki Blonsky and Zac Efron. Zac’s in the Disney movie, “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2″ which will be on Disney Channel tonight. I wish we had cable because I know Amanda would love both of these musicals. I heard the first one was very good.
Michelle Pfeiffer does a great job as the nasty Velma in Hairspray. She goes to great lengths to get her spoiled daughter Amber to win the crown for the “Miss Teenage Hairspray” contest. Amber is played by Brittany Snow. I thought it was interesting that Brittany had played a similar part in “American Dreams” which aired on TV but was cancelled. In the TV show Brittany played Meg Pryor. Meg Pryor was a Philadelphia teen in the 1960s who dances on Dick Clark’s locally produced “American Bandstand.” We liked that show a lot and hated to see it cancelled.
John Travolta and Christopher Walken are amazing as Tracy’s parents. I loved watching the scene where Wilbur dances with Edna.
Have you seen any good movies lately?