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Hairspray 35th Anniversary presented by TCM

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  • Official Trailer

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Cast

  • Divine
  • Sonny Bono
  • Ruth Brown

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Metacritic

80

While it’s corny by design, Hairspray also aims to get at something truthful, about the various kinds of prejudice weighing down the city circa 1963, and how youthful optimism and music made a difference, if only in the lives of those kids craving some kind of diverse, progressive community.

Metacritic review by Noel Murray
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
75

Basically the movie is a bubble-headed series of teenage crises and crushes, alternating with historically accurate choreography of such forgotten dances as the Madison and the Roach.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times