Hairspray

Dan Movie Reviews

John Waters’ 1988 Hairspray took place in 1962’s Baltimore, and starred Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight hyperactive teenager who just wants to dance, and has a progressive view on integration. Her mother Edna was played by the cross-dressing Waters regular Divine, and the story focused on Tracy’s dream of dancing on The Corny Collins Show, a locally-broadcast dance show. But soon she’s caught up in the civil rights movement, and tries to get the show integrated. The film …