I admit I was wary when news came down about Hairspray 2, a sequel to the 2007 screen adaptation of the stage adaptation of John Waters' 1988 cult classic movie. All versions were fun escapes and modern fairytales, and it seemed like going for another outing would just be tempting fate. It would be like going out in the rain once too often with your new bouffant 'do... Sooner or later, the hairspray that held the whole thing together would dissolve and leave you with a flat, tangled mess. My apprehension faded a little, though, upon learning of Waters' plans for the sequel. Read on for the skinny.
Speaking of skinny, the sequel takes place in the late 1960's and Edna Turnblad has shed her excess poundage. She's thin (or as thin as John Travolta can be, anyway) and has lost the attentions of husband Wilbur, played by Christopher Walken. He only has eyes for the Junoesque ladies, so Edna gains back all the weight. In one meal. Which sounds like the stuff of nightmares for diet alumns the world over, but Edna and Wilbur appear to be happy about it. Daughter Tracy, on the other hand, hasn't lost an ounce, much to the derision of her fans. That whole "staying true to yourself" message seems to be at play again. Zac Efron's character Link will try to keep up with the changing times. His efforts will have him experimenting with music and drugs, the latter of which leads to him conversing with his own acne. It sounds terrible and awesome, all at once.
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