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The drawback to all this gloss, though, is that some of Mr. Waters‘ dramatic tension — OK, a lot of it — is lost. For one, Link’s amorous feelings for Tracy are a little hard to believe, and on a larger scale, race is reduced from a time bomb to a series of punch lines. The humor might be juicy (Miss Bynes gets a particularly saucy line about “chocolate” that’ll milk a lot of laughs), but does Queen Latifah really have to sing something as trite as “The night is black as my skin”?
RATING: PG (some language, suggestive content and teen smoking)
CREDITS: Directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman. Written by Leslie Dixon based on the Broadway musical’s book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Music by Marc Shaiman.
RUNNING TIME: 107 minutes
WEB SITE: www.hairspraymovie.com MAXIMUM RATING: FOUR STARS
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