(USA, 2007, 116 minutes)

In 1962 Baltimore, talk of the teenage town is the popular “Corny Collins Show”, and a chubby teenager decides to follow her dream of being a dancer in the cast. Screen adaptation of a successful Broadway musical based on the 1987 cult movie of the same name; where the original film was an affectionate spoof of youth exploitation movies, this wants to be the real thing, but despite the note-perfect production design, spot-on songs and game cast, it resolves itself in a series of well-staged but not particularly inventive musical numbers with the barest of connecting narrative.

New Line Cinema presents, in association with Ingenious Film Partners, a Zadan/Meron production, produced in association with Offspring Entertainment. Starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden; and Queen Latifah; Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney, Jerry Stiller, Paul Dooley; and introducing Nikki Blonsky. Directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman; produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron; screenplay by Leslie Dixon, based on the original screenplay by John Waters for his 1987 film Hairspray and on the Broadway musical play Hairspray, book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; music by Marc Shaiman; lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; director of photography (DeLuxe, widescreen), Bojan Bazelli; production designer, David Gropman; costume designer, Rita Ryack; film editor, Michael Tronick.


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