Hairspray (1988, USA) C-92m. ** D: John Waters. Starring Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, Jerry Stiller, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Mink Stole, Pia Zadora, John Waters. Cult satire by John Waters (tame for his standards) set in the time of the Rock'n'Roll craze of the early 1960s. Lake is chubby teen who makes it to stardom on Baltimore TV show, Divine plays her sleazy suburban housewife-mother. Perhaps more watchable for people who lived through this time, but only funny moments are really Divine's and John Waters' scenes (he plays a wacky psychiatrist). Written by the director, whose first movie this was since the 1981 POLYESTER.

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