Picture from Hairspray
Overall C+

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.

Violence B+
Sexual Content C
Profanity C
Substance Use C-

MPAA Rating: PG for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking.

Talk to your kids about…


What mixed messages does this film teach? What is the dramatic effect of contrasting the perceived innocence of life in the early 1960s with not-so-innocent sexual remarks and societal problems?

Do you feel it is appropriate to deal with serious issues, like racial segregation, in a comedic fashion? When can humor help to promote understanding and cooperation? When does it belittle or become a distraction?

What is the other prejudice portrayed in this film? Does the media still have a biased view of body image?