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Hairspray (2007)

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.
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Bonnie Mukherjee
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Rallies and Musical Numbers: Hairspray Unpacks Racism in The 1960s

The 2007 film Hairspray gives viewers a good glimpse of America during the 1960s, a time period in which racial segregation was practiced almost everywhere in the country. Jim Crow laws were tragically implemented in the Southern United States, mandating that black people and white people must be kept apart. In addition, the time period was also significant for other social and political movements, driving civil rights advocates to fight for equality for all ethnic groups. The Corny Collins Show that Tracy and Penny watch together after school is a symbol of the growing popular culture and political trends that evolved in America during that decade. Hairspray takes place in Baltimore, Maryland, 1962, as evidenced by old-fashioned cars parked on the streets and tall apartment buildings and businesses positioned close to each other. Many women who played the characters in the film and who are stars on The Corny Collins Show have elegant hairstyles that capture the fashion of the 1960s. Tracy's hairstyle is short with big flips at the end, a relatable look to viewers as it's still popular today. In general, the colorful aesthetics and many of the vibrant characters help keep Hairspray fun without seeming "dated." The Corny Collins Show
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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.

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Genre:Comedy, Romance, Drama
Directed By:Adam Shankman
Written By:John Waters, Leslie Dixon
In Theaters:8/24/2007
Box Office:$90,450,008
Runtime:117 minutes
Studio:New Line Cinema, Ingenious Media, Offspring Entertainment, Zadan / Meron Productions

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