HAIRSPRAY 35th Anniversary
Date: 05/04/2023 at 8PM ET / 5PM PT
Where to Watch: Streaming on HBO Max, rent or purchase on Amazon, iTunes, etc.
After a string of exhilarating NC-17-rated trashsterpieces, John Waters dialed it back to put his signature style on a PG-rated film, HAIRSPRAY. Featuring a typically charismatic performance from Divine and a divine debut from Ricki Lake, HAIRSPRAY continued Waters' examination of counterculture with a story that's as slyly subversive as it is big-hearted. Famously adapted into a Tony-winning musical blockbuster and an acclaimed film adaptation, the 1988 original is an inimitable work from one of America's greatest auteurs that was called by Rolling Stone, "A family movie both the Bradys and the Mansons could adore" - a favorite review of the filmmaker himself.
Ricki Lake is a talk show host and actor best known for her hit show, RICKI LAKE, as well as her collaborations with John Waters across such films as HAIRSPRAY, CRY-BABY, CECIL B. DEMENTED, and SERIAL MOM. She won a Daytime Emmy for THE RICKI LAKE SHOW in 2013.