My Life as a Movie Monday: Hairspray

Today’s edition of My Life as a Movie is bringing some much needed colour to a grey and rainy Monday. Technically, I suppose it’s a little late in the day for a wake-up call, but I’m excited about it nonetheless. I missed you this morning!

How was your weekend? Mine was restful and relaxing, as you can see here. In fact, it was just what I needed after a corybantic week. Not because I needed a break from all of your wit and charm, mind you, but because I needed to recharge and replenish my own supply of one-liners – you know I’m going to do my best to keep the fun going this week! With that in mind, let’s get to today’s film selection, shall we?

Last week, I:

So, last week, my life as a movie was “Hairspray”

 Hairspray movie poster

Ok, fine, so I wasn’t exactly supporting the civil rights movement and putting a stop to segregation with my stellar dance moves last week … but you guys know that Tracy Turnblad is my soul sister, right?

Tracy and Link in Hairspray

Oh Tracy. I know just how you feel.

Obviously. We’re both eternal optimists who fall in love with the boys we see on our tv screens on a regular basis. Plus, neither of us care much what the cool kids are up to, and we’ve both been known to sing in public while out doing our daily errands. Enthusiastically.

Theatre geek that I am, it should come as no surprise that I love both the stage production and 2007 movie adaptation of “Hairspray”. Do you have a favourite musical that’s been made into a movie? “The Sound of Music”? “Grease”? “Chicago”? Let me know in the Comments!

love amb

27 thoughts on “My Life as a Movie Monday: Hairspray

  1. didn’t take you long to come back. (aren’t you supposed to be working? 😉 ) Will admit once again to not having seen your movie. Though I know it’s a biggie. But please know you’re making a difference as the girls and I watched Letters to Juliet over the weekend. Sweet.

    Glad there’s all sorts of abubblin’ and corybantics going on over there. Especially since it’s so gloomy weatherwise. We’re experiencing record highs–98 yesterday and close to that today with heat index (whatever that is) of 105F. We like to do things to the extreme here. More later…

      • I’ll leave that up to you. Unless you feel like a walk down the 80’s memory lane. It’s pretty campy, but then that could make it kind of fun.

        On a separate note, did you hear the Sharknado played on multiple screens across the U.S. on August 2nd, including a red carpet showing in L.A.? It’s developed a bit of a cult following.

      • I agree – campy can be fabulous fun, sometimes. Particularly if you’re watching it with a certain type of beverage in hand, perhaps? 😉

        Shut. The Front. Door. No way !!! That is the greatest thing I’ve heard all week – a red carpet showing of Sharknado !!! I’m so happy right now 😀

      • The even added encore midnight showings to sell out crowds for two additional days in Seattle, L.A. N.Y. and Boston…

        The SyFy channel is eating it up and so is our local media. Who would have thought.

  2. I adore Hairspray, but I have a soft spot for musicals so it’s not surprising. I love Sound of Music, Meet Me in St. Louis, Singing in the Rain, The Music Man…I could go on. Let’s just say if people randomly, and often awkwardly, burst into song–I’m sold.

  3. I think I must have seen Grease about 12 times when it came out…I can remember just sitting in the theatre for the afternoon and watching it! Then, I had the album [yes, the vinyl album!] that I nearly wore out! So, I hear ya! Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, also big time favs!! I am going to add Hairspray to my ever growing list… 🙂 xo

    • Mary Poppins!!! How could I have forgotten about that one?! *facepalm* Have you seen the previews for “Saving Mr Banks”? It’s the story of how Walt Disney convinced the author of Mary Poppins to let him make a movie out of it. Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. It looks so awesome!!!

      • No Facepalms necessary!! Are you kidding? How fun for me that I could remind YOU of a musical!! 🙂 I have NOT seen, nor did I even KNOW about, that film. I love Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, so yes, that sounds AWESOME!! off to google now…

  4. Grease is the word, is the word that you heard
    It’s got groove it’s got meaning
    Grease is the time, is the place is the motion
    Grease is the way we are feeling……..

    • … cue the bell ringing, the morning announcements at Rydell High, and me dreaming about a young John Travolta all day …

      Thanks for that, Jenn! So happy to have you here, as usual 😀

  5. I saw Hairspray a few times, enjoying subsequent viewings better from the last. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the soundtrack. The song “You Can’t Stop The Beat” is one of my favorites that I’d rated on my iPod 5-stars. It shows up on so many of my cool playlists that I’m never sick of it. The movie itself is a fun watch with lots and lots of funny moments! I just love Penny Pingleton in the movie, Amanda Bynes did a phenomenal job with that role–I hope she gets better soon so she can make movies again.

    And here’s some trivia not many people know about the movie: It was shot in Toronto! Yep. In and around Roncesvalles and the King Street areas. I remember how they had changed the facade of many of the buildings in those areas. So cool seeing them filming!

    • I love that song too! I got my sister the “deluxe sing along” version of the dvd a few years ago, and that track’s our favourite. It just has so much energy!

      Penny Pingleton is a fantastic character, for sure. And her mother – good lord, I love Allison Janney. One of the funniest actresses working today, I think. I hope Amanda Bynes can take steps to getting healthy as well, she’s got great comedic timing. Loved her in “Easy A” with Emma Stone.

      I had forgotten that the movie was filmed in Toronto!! Definitely cool that you got to be “on location” so to speak – I’m jealous!

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