I’ve never seen the original John Water’s version (I know, shame on me, right?), nor the Broadway version (how can you blame me, most Broadway sucks these days!) so I had no idea what to expect from this movie. My only knowledge was from the so-so trailer, that an overweight high school girl wants to be on a televised dance show. I wasn’t sure how to take this. It looked kind of dopey, but I found my foot moving with the rhythm of the music on more than one occasion.
There’s a reason why “Hairspray” is getting only the best reviews. It’s been assembled in such a way that there’s nothing anyone could dislike about it. There’s nothing in this film that in any way could possibly offend. It’s so sweet natured a film that you can almost taste the cotton candy. But is it a dopey musical, ala Bye, Bye Birdie?