Hairspray (1988)

John Waters directs Ricki Lake, Divine and Jerry Stiller in this dance comedy about a “pleasantly plump” 1960s teen who becomes a dancer on The Corny Collins Show.

A blast! Sweet yet edgy. Colourful yet racially aware. Waters tones down his bad taste leanings (only slightly) but retains all the misfit casting, broad energy and loud enthusiasm that makes his back catalogue so rewatchable. Ricki Lake is endearing as Tracy Turnblad, her retro dancing is great.


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