Hairspray (2007)

BBBB (out of 5) A teenager in the 1960s decides to fight racial segregation and is met with serious threats to her future; sounds like an update of Mississippi Burning until you add big hair, rocking tunes and John Travolta in a dress. Newcomer Nikki Blonsky plays the youngster in question, Tracy, in this wonderful…

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Bringing Down The House

BB (out of 5) This intellectually inferior Disney comedy is nothing but two hours of missed opportunities. Steve Martin plays a lonely divorcee who has struck up a sweet romance in an internet chat room, presumably with a pretty young lawyer named Charlene. When Charlene (Queen Latifah) shows up at his doorstep for their first…

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A Walk To Remember

BB.5 (out of 5) Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, this treacle centres on the inevitable love affair between a Christian girl (Mandy Moore) who suffers for her faith at a school full of disrespectful teenagers, and a popular jock (Shane West) with no religious bent who at first is disdainful of her but gradually…

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The Wedding Planner

BB.5 (out of 5) This sparkling romantic comedy starts off with such a lively step and good humour, then gives in to sappy sentimentality and weak plot movements in its conclusion. Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez couldn’t be better as star-crossed lovers who click on their first meeting, she a high-anxiety wedding planner with a utility belt…

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