Tuesday, 3 February 2009


A few weeks ago I flew to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on business with British Airways. I hate long flights because I can never sleep and I find them so boring. But this flight was different. I, unexpectedly, found a movie to watch (I am not big on movies) called Hairspray. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining I found it.

It tells the story of Tracy, a young girl in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in the early sixties. She is obsessed with a television show called The Corny Collins Show because some of her classmates take part in it, including a Link Larkin with whom she is madly in love but who is dating a rich and snobbish other classmate called Amber.

The show is based on singing ‘race’-related music and Tracy’s mum (played by John Travolta in the movie) is not happy with this for obvious reasons. Also, when Tracy goes for an audition at the television studio, she gets turned down on the basis of her (over-)weight – imagine that happening today in the UK!

But Tracy does not give up and she learns various R&B dance moves from the best dancer, Seaweed and this gets her a place on the Corny Collins Show. The show organises an annual ‘Miss Teenage Hairspray’ competition and Tracy’s immediate popularity makes her a very strong candidate to win it. She also starts becoming popular with Link, much to the dismay of his girlfriend Amber. In fact, Amber gets Tracy sent to detention to get her away from her boyfriend but this backfires because he gets himself sent to detention too to support her!

Although Tracy does not actually win the contest, she achieves another possibly more important goal – that of getting Link to fall in love with her!

I found the movie Hairspray to be thoroughly entertaining and that is very unusual for me because I do not easily like movies.

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