Hairspray (2007)

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Infectiously fun musical with a message.

PG 2007 120 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 160 reviews

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age 6+

Loved it

Good for age 6 and above but I would say for the parents - they should tell their kids about "negro day" and about how people used to call those with darker skin "negroes".Tracy also helps her mom learn that she should get out and not just stay inside just because she's insecure about her looks. (Written by my daughter who is 7)

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age 11+
This version is more appropriate than the original (there's "less cursing and fighting", according to a review) but the theme is the same: accepting others' differences, looks OR skin color. Some song lyrics are a bit inappropriate: "I won't go all the way/but I'll go pretty far" and "The darker the berry/the sweeter the juice" are two examples. The film takes place in the early 1960s; African-Americans are known as "Negroes" and "colored" people. There are a lot of weight-based insults and one case of parental abuse: Penny's mother ties her to her bed and calls her "devil child." In another scene, three "bad girls" smoke in the girls' restroom, while grown-ups smoke in the teachers' lounge.

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Too much sex
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