Saturday, January 16, 2016

year 5 day 45

movie: Hairspray
starring: Ricki Lake, Michael St. Gerard
genre: Comedy
year: 1988
format: Hollywood Suite Channel

plot: After winning a dance competition, a young girl becomes the center of attention, while trying to help her community deal with interracial ideals in the early 1960's.

Seriously, what else is there to say about this film? It's about the racial divide that was still happening during that point in history.
It starts off as a popular high school princess vs the outsider story; playing on the cruelty that so many fall into. But, only as a vehicle to the real issue, which was the topic of segregation. 

I didn't care for this movie when it first came out nearly 30 years ago, and I'm even less impressed with it after having watched it again this morning.  I get the comedy of the high school rivalry is there to help lighten the seriousness of the main issue, but the extreme campyness of it makes it less digestible. 

what did I learn?  big hair will never go out of style completely.

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