FW MOVIE PICK: HAIRSPRAY

Divine, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, and Vitamin C in Hairspray (1988)

From the mind of John Waters, we are treated to this dance which I didn’t see until after the 2007 remake and needless to say it is an entirely different entity altogether! When Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teen, auditions for a spot on a popular teen dance show, she beats out the spiteful Amber von Tussle, winning over Amber’s boyfriendin the process. After meeting some black students at her school, Tracy begins to push for more racial integration on the dance show. This gets her into trouble on many sides, especially with Amber’s pushy parents. Starring Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Ann Powers, Colleen Fitzpatrick, and Michael St. Gerard. Offering plenty of hilarity while also touching on important topics such as racial integration; this movie has a lot to offer as a dance flick. Also the late drag queen Divine makes for an overall convincing mother. So overall the movie is still at good time and makes me interested to check out John Waters other works!

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