Hairspray (1988) – **

Posted: November 26, 2010 in Comedy, USA, XX

Seen on dvd

I recently found the original Hairspray dvd for 2,5 euro at a street sale. 2,5 euro! That’s cheaper than a Duvel in a bar in Brussels!

I really liked the remake with John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer and I kind of appreciate the weird world of John Waters (whose Serial Mom and A Dirty Shame were pretty hilarious at times), so I had to see this comedy. And it’s fun. The story is almost completely the same. It seems like the remake was done scene by scene. But there’s one huge difference. The actors in the remake act. The actors in this original version don’t. The acting is so poor that it becomes funny. There’s a lot of over-acting, which is typical for John Waters’ movies. And that over-acting is entertaining, just because you know that it’s not meant to be serious. But there’s also over-acting in the remake and that just was more convincing. This is just pulp. Entertaining pulp. But pulp.

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