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5 Movies like Hairspray: Life Isn’t Always a Drag

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JoshThese movies like ‘Hairspray’ are renowned for the performances of the actors as they take on the world of drag and cross-dressing. ‘Hairspray’ is the 2007 musical remake of the 80s classic that revolves around a young woman who gets a part on a television show in the 60s. She uses her fame to teach viewers the importance of racial integration. ~ Josh Sammons

Movies Similar to ‘Hairspray’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.

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UNDERRATED

‘Kinky Boots’ (Julian Jarrold, 2005)

Based on a true story that was later turned into a stage show, ‘Kinky Boots’ follows a young man who inherits his late father’s failing shoe factory. After meeting with a Drag Queen, she will help him turn the family-run factory into producing erotic footwear.

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A FEEL-GOOD BRITISH COMEDY.

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MUST-SEE

‘Some Like It Hot’ (Billy Wilder, 1959)

‘Some Like It Hot’ is the superior comedy that combines Billy Wilder’s brilliance with the charm of its stars, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Two musicians get caught up with the mob after witnessing a murder. Desperate, they go into hiding dressing as women and join a touring female jazz group. ‘Some Like It Hot’ is one of the most beloved comedies of all time.

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LEMMON, CURTIS, WILDER AND MONROE. WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

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UNKNOWN

‘La Cage aux Folles’ (Édouard Molinaro, 1978)

Two gay men’s lives are flipped on their head after one of their sons announces he wants to get married. The usually campy couple must conceal their identities and their drag club they live above, when the woman’s parents come to visit. This comedy was remade in the 90s, but the original is one of the best and funniest of its kind.

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A COUPLE'S LIVES ARE TURNED ON THEIR HEAD.

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UNEXPECTED

‘Albert Nobbs’ (Rodrigo García, 2011)

Glen Close was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal in ‘Albert Nobbs’. The esteemed actress plays a woman who defies society in 19th century Ireland by dressing as a male in order to take up a role as a butler. Her life, however, is about to unravel with the introduction of another woman dressed as a man.

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A TROUBLED LOOK AT LIFE FOR WOMEN IN THE 19TH CENTURY.

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If You Like ‘Hairspray’, You Will Like

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ (Chris Columbus, 1993)

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ is a comedy with a heart led by the wonderful performance of Robin Williams. He plays a desperate father who uses his acting skills to don a new personality as a elder lady, the unstoppable Mrs. Doubtfire, just to stay close to his kids. Robin Williams chews up every scene he’s in, spitting out a memorable, everlasting performance.

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ROBIN WILLIAMS PRODUCES A HEART-FELT COMEDY PERFORMANCE.

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