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John Waters is a true auteur He uses many of the same themes and images throughout his films The John Waters films that I viewed were Hairspray 1988 Cry-Baby 1990 Serial Mom 1994 and Cecil B Demented 2000 Consistent themes in these films included the use of the same actors Waters love for scandal ridden celebrities all were located in Baltimore comedic portrayals of sex outcasts altercations with the police and a shot of a mouse rat or gerbil Hairspray is the story of Tracy Turnblatt a chubby hair hopper in 1960s Baltimore Waters uses many of his stock actors in this movie drag queen Divine in the dual role of Tracys mother and the television station owner that runs The Corny Collins Show Mink Stole as Tracys best friends mother Alan J Wendl as Hefty Hideaway shop owner Mr Pinky and starring as Tracy Turnblatt Waters muse the incomparable Ricki Lake With the exception of Divine who died shortly after this movie was made all of these actors appear in all four of these films Tracy longs to be on The Corny Collins Show Baltimores poor mans version of American Bandstand Through luck fate and pure chutzpah she makes it onto the show becomes a council member and even steals the cutest boy on the show away from the most popular girl in all of Baltimore According to Curry Hairspray is a musical comedy film about desegregation in Baltimore during the early 1960s Waters revives the turbulent times as a backdrop to a television dance show phenomenon Curry 1996 The expected Waters penchant for media celebrities past and present pops up here and there in Cry-Baby with cameos by David Nelson Patty Hearst who shows up again in Serial Mom and Cecil B Demented Joey Heatherton Troy Donahue Iggy Pop and even Willem Dafoe Also in the cast are former underage porn queen Traci Lords who also appears in Serial Mom perennial B-movie sleaze
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