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Saturday, August 04, 2007

GREENLIGHT Reviews #157: Hairspray (with "Grease" and "seven Brides for Seven Brothers")

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Ann and Les were pleasantly surprised by the delightful musical Hairspray (2007.) As yet another remake of a remake, they were skeptical but the performances of Nikki Blonsky , Christopher Walken, and Michelle Pfeiffer won them over quite quickly. They weren’t as crazy about John Travolta’s peformance but it didn’t ruin the picture. All in all it was fun. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a film that featured a wonderful performance by Mr. Travolta in an equally fun film called Grease (1978.) It’s up there with one of the best high school movies ever. And Olivia Newton John is up there as one of the best high school girls ever. Also pay attention to the names of all the “adults” in the movie – it’s a veritable who’s who of grand old Hollywood including Eve Arden, Frankie Avalon, and Joan Blondell . Ann goes back a bit further for another musical that charms you through and through. It featured the wonderful talents of Howard Keel and Jane Powell as they sang and danced their way to marital bliss for them and their six brothers in director Stanley Donen’s extravaganza called Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954.)

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