“Hairspray” (1988), Review by Carrie Rickey

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In this unapologetically gaudy extravaganza where every surface that’s not flocked looks gummy with hair lacquer, Waters parodies the cliches of teen flicks and liberalism. Somehow he defies the law of gravity by making the peppiest and most socially redeeming of teen movies. Read more

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Carrie Rickey (Archived Contributor)

Carrie Rickey has been The Philadelphia Inquirer's film critic for 21 years and writes the newspaper's Flickgrrl blog. She has reviewed films as diverse as "Water" and "The Waterboy," profiled celebrities from Lillian Gish to Will Smith, and reported on technological beakthroughs from the video revolution to the rise of movies on demand. Her reviews are syndicated nationwide and she is a regular contributor to Entertainment Weekly, MSNBC and NPR. Rickey's essays appear in numerous anthologies, including "The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll," "The American Century," and the Library of America's "American Movie Critics."