The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Hairspray — Volunteer of the Month Pick

Hairspray poster

Our Volunteer of the Month Daniela Anguiano’s pick is John Waters’ original 1988 cult musical, Hairspray!

Baltimore, Michigan 1962 — Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) and her friend Penny audition for The Corny Collins Show. Despite being a plus-sized teenager, she lands a recurring role on the show and inadvertently sparks a rivalry with reigning dance queen Amber Von Tussle. Tracy then uses her newfound celebrity status to promote racial integration. This leads to an explosive conclusion as the two compete for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.

Featuring drag queen Divine in his final role, Hairspray‘s blend of quirky fun and rebelliousness is further complemented by performances from music icons Sonny Bono (Sonny and Cher), Deborah Harry (Blondie), and Ruth Brown.


“A deliriously fast and funny satire of the ’60s that marks John Waters’ best shot yet at mainstream audiences.” — Kevin Tomas, Los Angeles Times 

“The movie is a bubble-headed series of teenage crises and crushes, altering with historically accurate choreography of such forgotten dances as the Madison and the Roach.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“John Waters’ appreciation for the tacky side of life is in full flower in Hairspray, a slight but often highly assuming diversion about integration, big girls’ fashions and music-mad teens in 1962 Baltimore.”Variety