Rated 4.0

John Travolta works a fat suit like it’s nobody’s business in Hairspray, the movie of the Broadway musical that was based on a movie (John Waters’ 1988 film). With catchy, if not altogether memorable, music and a dynamic performance from newcomer Nikki Blonsky, the film is about as fun as things get at cinemas this summer. Blonsky plays Tracy Turnblad, a hefty high school girl who dreams of dancing on a Baltimore TV show. Her mother, Edna (Travolta, kicking mortal ass) tries to stop her but eventually supports the daughter and leaves the house for the first time in years. Supporting performances are outstanding across the board, including Christopher Walken as Tracy’s supportive dad and Queen Latifah as a member of the TV show. On top of being a fun musical, the film has a decent message about integration. Nominate Travolta for Best Supporting Actress!