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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.
Why Is Hairspray Rated PG?
Hairspray is rated PG for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking.
Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Hairspray...
Despite the lenient US PG rating, this film contains sexual comments and innuendo throughout. Some examples are: a flasher on the street (whom we see from behind) opens his trench coat as a woman walks by, teens use padding to enhance body parts (in a later scene, a woman abruptly pulls these wads out of a girls bra and a boy’s pants), an implied teen pregnancy, an offer of seduction, and a preference for black men (“I’ve tasted chocolate and I’m never going back”), as well as references to sleeping with football players and bribing judges with sexual favors. Other content consists of depiction of smoking (including teens, adults, pregnant women and teachers), and discussion about drinking alcohol, a protester hits a police officer, rebellious students seek detentions (where they pass their time dancing), and rude scatological items are sold in a Joke Shop. Language includes several mild profanities, terms of deity and a rude term for sex.
Home Video Viewing Alternatives
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Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Details on home video releases of Hairspray...
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.