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.")