With the edges rounded off the already fairly innocuous source material this feels - and looks - plasticised; essentially it’s a copy of a copy of a kind of pastiche. The sham-liberal messaging sticks in the throat and the ‘energy’ expounded in the dance routines is zest-less.
It is definitely not as good as the first one, and is a very different beast. But this was the first ever musical I saw on stage, and it was a hell of a show. It's tricky to do a film version of that, but they did an excellent job here. James Marsden, Zac Efron, and Queen Latifah are perfectly cast.
Such a toothless and Disney amusement park rendition of a classic Waters work should be seen as a crime against cinema. I do adore Marc Shaiman's musical arrangements but this film lacks all the energy, wit, and the social commentary of anything Waters related.
I really enjoyed this when I saw it in the theater, but it doesn't hold up. The overblown musical feels really phony compared to John Waters' comparatively low-key, charmingly eccentric original. I liked Travolta better in his role than most people did, but he's no Divine.
Worst musical ever! God I hated that fat little chick who is getting it all. OH HOW FABULOUS LIFE IS! *VOMIT* Travolta as the mother and christopher walker as the father is funny idea, I would like to see a musical only with those two, and Bruce Willies and the watch that was up christopher walkers ass (pulp fiction).