Monday, July 30

I Heart John Waters

I love John Waters' "Hairspray," and I'm delighted that he got a cameo in the new musical movie. His cameo is brief, but so fitting and apropos for Waters that it's worth the price of admission alone just to see it.

If you're going to see "Hairspray," make sure to watch out for the cameo. It's fairly early in the film. And it's over in a flash.

Other favorite moments from the new "Hairspray" movie:

-- When Motormouth Maybelle tells Seaweed and Penny Pingleton, "Oh, so this is love? Well, love is a gift, a lot of people don't remember that. So, you two better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a neverending parade of stupid," and Penny replies, matter-of-factly, "So you've met my mom?"

-- When Penny Pingleton protests her punishment by saying, "Without that show, I have nothing," and her mother, Prudy Pingleton, snaps back, "Having nothing builds character!"

-- Edna Turnblad's quick Pulp Fiction gesture in the final number.

-- Edna Turnblad's wide-eyed reaction upon seeing Motormouth Maybelle's buffet table: "Is that braised?"

-- Tracy Turnblad's exclamation -- "This is just so afro-tastic!" -- followed by Penny's polite, "I'm very pleased and scared to be here," as they are introduced at Motormouth Maybelle's record shop.

-- The entire "Miss Baltimore Crabs" song and dance. Why don't we see more cha-chas in musicals?

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