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Hairspray (2007) [DVD]
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2008
All the hype when it was at the cinema. Hailed as the new Grease. It just didn't appeal to me. No musical could possibly beat Grease and it would be so overrated. So when I saw it at my local supermarket for cheap I thought i'd give it a try and I almost kicked myself after watching it. Not for spending money on it but for not seeing it on the big screen. The songs are so beautifully sung by a magnificent cast and so catchy you just want to sing along and be apart of it. I immediately ordered the soundtrack when it finished. Nikki Blonsky was cast perfectly as Tracy Turnblad and Zac Efron (I don't usually like him in HSM but he won me round in this) was the right choice of Link. John Travolta also had me laughing in every one of his scenes as Edna and never fails in my eyes to give the performance of his life no matter what he starring in. The scene with him and Christopher Walken singing 'you're timeless to me' was done brilliantly.

The film is moving with a storyline about acceptance from being overweight to black and portrays everyone as equal no matter what walk of life they're from. A movie that is superb from the storyline to the music. I think Grease had better watch out because this film has just overtook it in my book as the best musical of all time. I'm about on my 10th time of watching it and I only bought it a few weeks back. If you see it and you have some spare money, BUY IT. It really is that good!!!
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2007
Loved the original but this was possibly even better!

A great feelgood movie with a strong message running through it. I defy anyone not to be singing, dancing, clapping and shaking their booty within 5 minutes of watching it! Loads of extras on the two disc set including some of the dances to learn. Worth every penny and respect to John Travolta for giving it large as Edna Turnblad on the dancefloor!

Best film of the year!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
`Hairspray' manages to achieves exactly what it set out to do, be a larger than life, colourful and fun musical movie. This film has a pretty great cast, what with Travolta as a woman, Christopher Walken as a gentle, encouraging dad, pfeiffer as the bitchy station manager, as well as Queen Latifah, Zak Efron and the great Nikki Blonksy as the main character Tracy. This film is full of catchy tunes and great dance routines and although I hate to say it my feet were tapping on more than one occasion. The main story is pretty light hearted (miss hairspray pageant), with a serious theme underneath (racial integration) and manages to mix both well without being too heavy or too cheesy. Everyone plays their roles well and although some songs are better than others, it manages to be a pretty good musical and if you're a fan of the genre this should be right up your street. I'm not a huge fan of musicals and I still found this to be pretty good! This shake and shimmy edition has an extras disc that has a sing-along feature, as well as a menu where you are taught the dance moves from the film. This allows those hardcore fans to dance and sing along each time they watch the film, a good idea even if not for me! Well worth a try.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2009
I bought this on recommendation from a friend for a musical film for my 2 year old daughter as she loves these type of films. I did'nt really know the story or songs before purchasing it but I have to say both my daughter and I absolutely love it!! If you like 60's motown/rock and roll you will love it. The cast are perfectly placed in their roles and are all excellent. A feel good film and definately worth the money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2009
Hairspray (2007) Shake & Shimmy Special Edition [DVD]

I sat down to watch this movie with my two children aged 13 and 3. The children absolutely loved the fun musical section and found the whole movie very entertaining and fun to watch. I was amazed how quickly the learned the words for the songs. It is great for both adults and children to watch and would definately recommend this movie to everyone.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2007
Firstly I've got to say this film is waaaaaay better than the original that was released in 1988. The storyline has more structure, and all the characters get the chance to sing which is great.

Hairspray (2007) was well cast, and is a classic musical film that I'm sure will be shown for years to come. What's great also is, unlike Disney High School Musical which I feel is aimed at a pre-teen audience, Hairspray appeals to everyone, of any age.

I can honestly say this is the first film I've ever seen at the cinema, where people watching the film have actually stood up and started dancing!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2007
This is a great movie! John Travolta made a good choice when he decided to play in this one. It has many of the same qualities that makes us love Grease, it is sweet and innocent with a great message to young people, yet it doesn't try too hard to preach or change the world. It is all about fun. There were moments when I was laughing so hard, I was crying, and my feet never stopped tapping the rythm of the fantastic soundtrack.

If you want to find reasons not to like the movie, then I'm sure you will succeed. True, there were times when a voice didn't quite measure up to the material, the lyrics are a far cry from Shakespeare, and the character of Edna would not be even remotely as funny if it hadn't been John Travolta in women't clothing. That being said, I happily forgive every flaw, and willingly declare that I loved it!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2007
This film combines passionate opinions with magnificent songs. This has to be my favourite film ever and every time I see it, it makes me smile and want to boogie on down. John Travolta, Elijah Kelley, James Marsden and Zac Efron are excellent actors and have proved to be very good at singing in this film. As well as these, newcomer Nikki Blonsky is a very talented girl and portrayed Tracey Turnblad to a key. I hope this isn't the end for her as I believe she has great potential to make it big in Hollywood. Every time I have gone to see HAIRSPRAY, I have come out singing the hit tunes and with a huge grin on my face. I believe this film will appeal to everyone, no matter their age, or what their favourite genre is, you can't argue the fact that this revolutionary film will make you smile. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2007
I had heard rumours that this musical was the "new Grease", I thought that there was no way this could be true. However my friend took me to see it, by the end of the first song you wanted to sing along. Tracey's optimistic spirit is catching and you really hope that she will achieve everything that she sets her mind to.
Also the black/white segregation issues are incredibly moving and the songs are so powerful. This underlying theme really adds depth to the musical. This film is absolutely fanastic, I bought the soundtrack and listen to it non stop. Can't wait for the dvd to come out!
A must see film! My brother agrees (and he doesn't like Grease!)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2007
hairspray has got to be the only film i went to see at the cinema more than once, i actually went to see it 5 times within about 2 weeks of it coming out because of the catchy songs and funny memorable scenes that leave you with a constant grin on your face through out the film. i can gaurantee your cheeks will be sore after watching this film and the songs will be stuck in your head until you watch it again and again.

definatly a must see
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