You Can’t Stop the Beat!

Hairspray (2007) is the version of Hairspray I’m the most familiar with. Mostly because the actors are more my generation. Amanda Bynes and Zac Efron for example. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to watch it. The second time was in my theater production class after my teacher finally found the movie. As I said in my post about the original Hairspray, it wasn’t a musical. Hairspray (2007) just might be the first remake based on a musical version of a movie that wasn’t originally a musical. The songs are so good that Hairspray just doesn’t feel right without them. “Good morning Baltimore,” “Run and tell that,” “Welcome to the 60s,” and “You can’t stop the beat,” just to name a few. Since I didn’t talk about it before, this is what Hairspray is about. Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with even bigger hair tries out for The Corny Collins Show. A local dance show in desperate need of social and racial integration. Tracy makes it on the show and becomes a local celebrity in the process. Tracy being played by a plus sized actress (newcomer Nikki Blonsky) or her mother being played by a man keep with the tradition of the original. While Divine was a real life drag queen, John Travolta being cast is just hilariously perfect casting. Aside from the songs, the biggest difference between the movies is the ending and its focus on segregation (oh, and no beatniks). Hairspray (2007) is a hard hitting remake that manages to keep things fun, thanks to it being a musical. Which is why I prefer it more than the original.

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Tracy Turnblad (right) attends a meeting with her “mother” (left)

Remake of: Hairspray (1988)

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