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"Hairspray" is a musical comedy directed by John Waters, The story centers around two teenage best friends Tracy Turnblad and Penny Pingleton, who audition for the Corny Collins Show, the most popular teen dance show in Baltimore. Despite being overweight, Tracy becomes a regular on the show which infuriates the show’s star Amber Von Tussle, who is a pushy and privileged girl and also a classmate of Tracy. Adding insult to injury, Tracy steals Amber's boyfriend Link Larkin and competes against her in the little Miss Auto Show pageant which infuriates Amber even more.

Tracy's new confidence about her beauty, despite her size, leads her to becoming a plus size model because of this she changes her hairstyle. These actions get her sent to the principal’s office and placed into a special education class, where she meets a group of African-American students. They teach her and her friends some dance moves they have never seen before, which Tracy then uses on the Corny Collins show. While at the same time beginning an interracial romance with one of her African-American classmates which is not well received by the community. However, Tracy uses her new-found fame to champion the cause of racial integration at the Corny Collins Dance Show with the help of her family and friends, which gives her community a new perspective on tolerance and humanity.

This is a highly entertaining film that is fun for audience members young and old with plenty of entertaining songs to sing along with as well as humor that will make you laugh until your sides ache. The characters themselves have a lot of personality, which makes them relatable. This film is an absolute classic in the musical genre, and should be appreciated not only for its comedic relief, but for its choreography and message.

Hairspray is an Comedy, Kids & Family, Music movie that was released in 1988 and has a run time of 1 hr 31 min. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9 and a MetaScore of 77.

Hairspray is available to watch free on IMDb TV and stream, download, buy on demand at HBO Max, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube VOD online. Some platforms allow you to rent Hairspray for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.

| 1988 | 1 hr 31 min | 6.9/10 | 77/100
Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry
John Waters
Produced By
John Waters, Robert Shaye, Rachel Talalay

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