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Hairspray Live!

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Stunning TV production has exceptional role model, themes.

Movie PG 2016 120 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

great for 9 year olds

great! must watch. good for your kid to understand imagration.

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Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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This is an impressive, jubilant production of a story that's rich in messages about diversity, inclusion, and loving yourself. Baillio more than holds her own among a cast of A-listers, belting out solos with confidence that belie her inexperience on a big stage. Those surrounding her seem to be angling to outdo one another with exceptional performances, leaving the audience hard-pressed to identify a favorite. The choreography is intricate, the sets grandiose (including challenging outdoor scenes), and the story evolving at a breakneck pace, leaving you with the desire to watch it again to make sure you don't miss anything.

That said, Hairspray Live! dabbles in content that's a little more mature than what families came to know in NBC's previous Broadway productions, The Sound of Music Live! and The Wiz Live!. For one, segregation is on full display in many scenes, with everything from a physical barrier to cutting stereotypes separating blacks and whites on-screen. For another, there's quite a lot of sexual implication in dialogue from teens and adults alike. But it's still fantastic family fare with exceptional themes that can create powerful family discussions, not to mention one show-stopping performance after another.

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