CATEGORIES Comedy, Music & Musicals, New Line, Trailer Trash, Remakes and Sequels, Trailers and Clips, CinematicalI'm going to do my best to let you know about this brand-new Hairspray trailer without editorializing or expressing my own personal opinion of the clip, but I think the movie looks really awful and I could have sworn that the original source material was a comedy. OK, moving on: Here's the trailer for a '60s-era movie musical called Hairspray which is based on a Broadway play that was based on a scrappy little John Waters movie from 1988. (I can guarantee that Waters never expected all this when he made his flick.) If memory serves, the movie's about a free-spirited chubby girl who teaches her close-minded nemeses a thing or two about judging people by their physical appearances, darnit.
Only the original film had John Waters' distinct sense of absurdity, whereas (based only on the trailer) this musical version looks more like Dreamgirls meets That Thing You Do, which could make for an entertaining enough movie, I'm sure, but there's an extra albatross around the neck of this flick: I won't name any names, but the guy I'm thinking of also directed Bringing Down the House, The Pacifier and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Plus I may be in the minority on this one, but ... John Travolta in drag as a suburban housewife? Not really all that funny an idea. Am I nuts?
Still, putting aside all my ill-informed bile and general nastiness, I hope I'm proven dead wrong and Hairspray turns out to be a heart-warmin', toe-tappin', side-splittin' good time at the movies come July 20. I mean ... it does have Christopher Walken in it. (Also Michelle Pfeiffer, Brittany Snow, Queen Latifah, Amanda Bynes and Alison Janney as "Prudy Pingleton.")