John Waters makes a PG movie...
The 1988 film by John Waters became a big success. Hairspray is a satire of 60's life for a lower middle class overweight girl in Baltimore, USA. It's supposed to be tacky and pro-America. It does have some deeper moments and some points to make about discrimination. But essentially it's a warm hearted, campy, funny flick. You only have to see who the director is to know that you aren't going to get another run-of-the-mill Hollywood story of overcoming adversity. It's a trashy take on pop culture of the 60's and the performances are great. The movie starred Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad, an over weight teen that wanted to desperately get on a popular dance television show, the Corny Collins show, which is an obvious parody of Dick Clarks American Bandstand. The movie is pretty funny, and most people will like it. From what I understand those that have seen the remake (I haven't seen it myself as of this post) and haven't seen the original, love the remake but find this one to be slow. If you haven't seen it, by all means check it out as it is a cult classic.