Starring: Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Marsden, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelley and Queen Latifah
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Release Date: July 20
Tracy Turnbald, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion -- dancing. Her dream is to appear on "The Corny Collins Show," Baltimore's hippest dance party on TV. Tracy (Nikki Blonsky) seems a natural fit for the show except for one not-so-little problem – she doesn't fit in. Her plus-sized figure has always set her apart from the cool crowd, which she is reminded of by her loving but overly protective plus-sized mother, Edna (John Travolta). That doesn't stop Tracy because if there is one thing that this girl knows, it's that she was born to dance. As her father Wilbur (Christopher Walken) tells her, "Go for it! You've got to think big to be big."
After wowing Corny Collins (James Marsden) at her high school dance, Tracy wins a spot on his show and becomes an instant on-air sensation, much to the chagrin of the show's reigning princess, Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow), and her scheming mother, Velma (Michelle Pfeiffer,) who runs the television station WYZT. Even worse for Amber is the fact that it's not just the audience who loves the new girl in town: Amber's sweetheart Link Larkin (Zac Efron) seems to be smitten with Tracy's charms as well. This dance party gets personal as a bitter feud erupts between the girls as they compete for the coveted "Miss Teenage Hairspray" crown.
At school, however, a short stint in detention and raised eyebrows caused by the budding relationship between her best friend Penny Pingleton (Amanda Bynes) and Seaweed (Elijah Kelley), opens Tracy's eyes to a bigger issue than the latest dance craze or the coolest hairdo -- racial inequality. Throwing caution to the wind, she leads a march with Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah) to fight for integration and winds up with an arrest warrant instead. Tracy is on the lam now and goes underground – literally – to her best friend Penny's basement.
Has Tracy's luck finally run out? Will she miss the final dance-off against Amber and forfeit the title of "Miss Hairspray" or will she sing and dance her way out of trouble again?
When big hair meets big dreams anything can happen – and does – in this high-energy comedy that proves you don't have to fit in to win.
More Summer Movies:
Spider-Man 3 | 28 Weeks Later | Shrek the Third | Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End | Hostel 2 | Oceans Thirteen | Surf's Up | Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer | Nancy Drew | Evan Almighty | Live Free or Die Hard | Ratatouille | Transformers | 1408 | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix | Hairspray | The Simpsons Movie | The Bourne Ultimatum | Underdog | Rush Hour 3