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In this Broadway play adaptation, charmingly chubby and sporting a dashing 1960s do, Tracy Turnbald (Nicole Blonsky) is willing to use all the Hairspray it may take to win a spot on Corny Collins' (James Marsden) televised dance show. But when she actually gets the part, she upsets reigning dance queen Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow) and begins throwing her weight around for the cause of racial integration. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: C
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 117
Theater Release: 19 Jul 2007
Video Release: 20 Nov 2007
MPAA Rating: PG
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Home Video Extra Features

Hairspray tries to take a firm hold of the home entertainment market by releasing in regular DVD, Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats. The movie can be purchased as a single disc or in a Two-Disc Shake & Shimmy Edition. The latter offers deleted scenes, a bonus musical number (I Can Wait), behind-the-scenes documentaries (You Can’t Stop the Beat and The Roots of Hairspray), a dancing featurette (Hairspray Extensions), audio commentaries and a sing-along lyrics track. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 EX (English), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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