This is a MUST for musical fans, it is a brilliant movie of the hit musical show and doesn't disappoint. A real feel good movie and you won't stop singing the songs for days after you've watched it! Although there are some differences from the actual musical show, the best bits are all still in there (my only negative is that the song 'Mama I'm A Big Girl Now' is not in the movie, but it is on the soundtrack).
I have to admit that I probably shouldn't like this film; as far as movies go, especially with such a well-known cast, it's pretty bad but in the way that you just can't help but like it. Fans of musicals will adore it but anyone hoping to see a repeat of John Travolta in those lovely tight trousers from Grease will be highly disappointed! However, the performances of Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer are extremely good and entertaining. This film is light-hearted and has a few very funny quotes in it.
I absolutely love this film - watched it over one hundred times, know all the words, songs, have the songs on my ipod. A lot better than high school muscial. If you dont like this then you must be absolutely mad cuz its the best film i have ever seen. I so want to go see it in the west end. Love the storyline and all the songs are amazing. So are the actors. Love penny who is played by amanda bynes. A must have for everyone.
When i first saw the film in the cinema I was expecting a few hours of escapism, and thus was slightly irritated when i ended up counting down the minutes untill i could leave.
Hairspray unashamedly dums down the historically important issue of black rights and segregation and is also unashamedly preaching to audiences.
It may be great for children, but not for lovers of the original, or, in fact, the stage show.