Sunday, January 31, 2010

Welcome to the 60s

DVD of the Month: Hairspray!!!The movie/musical is based on a 1988 film that turned into a 2002 Tony award winning Broadway musical. The story takes place in 1962 with change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad a girl with big hair, big dreams, a big heart, and a deep passion to dance. She finds herself winning a spot on a local TV dance program called "The Corny Collins Show". The once outsider transformed overnight a local teen celebrity. Tracy does care about the new fame but rather like any teen wishes that she can win Link Larkin a teen heartthrob also on the show. She does all this while standing up for what she believes in, and staying true to who she is. The program's scheming stage manager Velma tries to stop Tracy at all costs.

Overall this film is a fun feel good movie that will make you want to jump up and dance. It always brings me a smile and leaves me with all the songs stuck in my head for days. It is a much watch for any musical lover. The soundtrack is a must buy as well. (shoutout to my friend Jose who worked on this lovely movie poster for the flim)

The cast includes:
  • Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad the optimistic, overweight teenage girl who loves to dance.
  • John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Tracy's mother and agent, she also is ashamed of her obesity.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle, the manager of station WYZT, who's goal is to keep her daughter Amber in the spotlight on The Corny Collins Show.
  • Christopher Walken as Wilbur Turnblad, Tracy's father, who also runs his own store the"Hardy-Har Hut" joke shop.
  • Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton, Tracy's best friend. She is a sheltered girl; who falls in love with Seaweed.
  • James Marsden as Corny Collins, host of the Corny Collins show.
  • Queen Latifah as "Motormouth" Maybelle, a Baltimore Rhythm and Blues radio disc jockey who hosts "Negro Day" on The Corny Collins Show.
  • Brittany Snow as Amber Von Tussle, Velma's bratty daughter.
  • Zac Efron as Link Larkin, is a singer and dancer who gradually becomes more attracted to Tracy.
  • Elijah Kelley as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Maybelle's son, an expert dancer who teaches Tracy some dance moves and falls in love with her friend, Penny.
  • Allison Janney as Prudy Pingleton, Penny's mother, a strict Catholic who keeps Penny from experiencing a social life.
  • "Welcome to the 60s"-song from Hairpray.

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