Hairspray (2007)

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Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad auditions to be on Baltimore's most popular dance show - The Corny Collins Show - and lands a prime spot. Through her newfound fame, she becomes determined to help her friends and end the racial segregation that has been a staple of the show.

"Hairspray" is a dynamic, foot-tapping musical film directed by Adam Shankman, released in 2007. The movie is an adjustment of the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which is originally influenced by the 1988 John Waters comedy. Embed in 1962, the story follows an active, plus-sized teen, Tracy Turnblad, in her pursuit to become a star on a popular television dance program while pursuing social reform and fighting versus racial discrimination.

Plot Overview
Tracy Turnblad (played by Nikki Blonsky), a perky, overweight high school woman from Baltimore, dreams of dancing on the local afternoon teenager dance program, The Corny Collins Show. Despite her mother's apprehension about her size, Tracy auditions for an area on the show and impresses Corny Collins (James Marsden), the show's host, with her unabashed enthusiasm and extraordinary dance abilities.

Including on the program brings Tracy instant appeal and she ends up being an overnight feeling. But Tracy's success fuels the ire of Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow), the reigning dance queen of the Corny Collins Show, and her manipulative, ambitious mother, Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer), who handles the television station.

Segregation and Racial Prejudice
Tracy is presented to another side of Baltimore neighborhood when she lands in detention with black trainees and finds out new dance relocations from them. She ends up being pals with Seaweed (Elijah Kelley), a black student who teaches her new dance steps, and familiarizes the harsh truths of racial segregation and discrimination widespread in society.

When she discovers that the black kids are allowed to dance on the Corny Collins Show just on "Negro Day" once a month, she takes it upon herself to change this. She becomes an activist for racial combination, mobilizing her buddies to combat versus the racial predisposition on television.

Climax and Resolution
The conflict culminates on the day of the Miss Teenage Hairspray Pageant, a contest to identify the program's official head teenager. Tracy, regardless of being a preferred to win the contest, is incorrectly accused of a criminal activity by the Von Tussles and goes into hiding.

With the assistance of her friends, including Seaweed, Tracy gets away, crashes the pageant, and wins it, defeating Amber. Utilizing her newfound status, Tracy finally abolishes the policy of racial segregation on The Corny Collins Show, stimulating a musical ending showcasing unity and combination.

With memorable performances from a star-studded cast, including John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Zac Efron, "Hairspray" is a contagious musical that provides a powerful message about equality and approval. The story incredibly highlights the concerns of racial discrimination and body shaming prevalent in the 1960s, while maintaining an easy going and entertaining story. The Broadway-adaptation movie is refreshingly positive, gloriously colorful, filled with memorable tunes, and carries an effective social message that goes beyond the timeframe in which its story is set.

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