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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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Hairspray is rated PG: for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking.

Cast: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Brittany Snow
Studio: New Line Cinema

Detailed Review

John Travolta in drag, teen smoking, and many moments of sexual innuendo in a PG movie? Obviously the MPAA's Classification and Ratings Administration bought into Hairspray's light and fluffy sarcastic… 
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Why Is Hairspray Rated PG?

Despite the lenient US PG rating, this film contains sexual comments and innuendo throughout. Some… 
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