Hairspray (1988)


By Scott Goldfine

Divine is delightful in this John Waters comedy. The film is about an overweight teenage girl (Ricki Lake) and her unlikely rise to popularity and fame on a 1962 dance show. To its credit, the film touches on racial tensions of the period without detracting from the comedy.

Packed full of good music and off-the-wall humor, “Hairspray” is a nostalgic diversion with heart. Also stars Sonny Bono, Debbie Harry and Jerry Stiller. Rated PG.


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