Hairspray (1988)

Hairspray (1988)

Hairspray (1988)

  • Directed by John Waters
  • Starring Sonny Bono, Divine, Ricki Lake, Michael St. Gerard, Debbie Harry, Ruth Brown
  • USA | 88mins | 1988 | rated (PG)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 1h 28m

John Waters’ gently subversive slice of retro hilarity starring Ricki Lake, Divine and Debbie Harry.

When Tracy Turnblad (Lake), an overweight teen, auditions for a spot on a popular teen dance show, she beats out the spiteful Amber von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick), winning over Amber's boyfriend (Michael St. Gerard) in the process. After meeting some black students at her school, Tracy begins to push for more racial integration on the dance show. This gets her into trouble on many sides, especially with Amber's pushy parents (Sonny Bono, Debbie Harry).

Both absurd and totally jolly, Waters parodies not only the worst conventions of the teen film but also the Sixties social-conscience movie, with an anti-racist sub-plot.