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Directed by John Waters

United States 1988 92 mins.

Hairspray marked the moment when underground film’s most purposeful provocateur, John Waters, finally broke through to the mainstream–with his madcap, camp-heavy sensibilities still amazingly intact. 1960s Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) finally gets her big break and lands on the American Bandstand-inspired Corny Collins Dance Show. As a girl of noble ideals, Tracy soon forces the issue of integrated dancing on the previously all white program, much to the horror of her square parents (Waters’ longtime muse Divine and comedian Jerry Stiller). Hairspray is the perfect melding of the bad taste genius of its maker with a 1960s coming-of-age narrative…and has a crackin’ soundtrack to boot. “In a very real sense, Hairspray is Waters’ most daring movie. It took more courage and judgment to make a comedy like Hairspray (rated PG for a few four-letter words) with its bigots and fat people than it did to make Pink Flamingos.”—Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times.

Preceded by:

One Week, OR, 2015
dir. Rollyn Stafford (5 mins., Short film, Digital)
A young woman devises a plan to free herself from her deceptively pleasant living situation. Second place winner for the Oregon Shorts audience award at the 2016 Portland International Film Festival.

Featuring XRAY.FM DJ Theo Craig (Take it to the Bridge)

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