When I think of John Waters, I think of big, broad, colourful movies. Even at their darkest or most depraved, they still have an optimism and enthusiasm that manages to make that darkness and depravity almost sweet. Well, that was what came to mind when I’d think about John Waters movies. Then I saw Pink Flamingos, and every single scrap of goodwill he’d built with movies like Cry Baby and Pecker was destroyed. I really think Pink Flamingos might be the worst movie l have ever seen. It made me angry, I hated it so much. But as quickly as his stock took such a massive dive with me, it was almost immediately restored when I watched Hairspray.
Ricki Lake is Tracy Tunrbald, a teeny bopper in 60s Baltimore. Every afternoon, Tracey watches The Corny Collins Show. A local TV show where local teenagers dance to the latest hits. Tracy dreams of taking her own place on that dance floor and showing off her moves. Her mother, Edna (Divine) and father, Wilbur (Jerry Stiller) try to keep her hops a little more grounded and realistic. But all in all, the Turnblads are a happy, loving, functional family. (more…)