You may have seen the musical. You have most likely seen the movie starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Nikki Blonsky, but have you see the movie that started it all? The original 1988 comedy Hairspray, directed and written by John Walters, featured Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad and Divine as Edna Turnblad. This movie has a grittier, earthier feel than either the musical or the 2007 movie. This is not too surprising as Hairspray was the first film by John Walters to receive less than an “R” rating. Prior to this film John Walters had been justly known in Hollywood as “The King of Bad Taste.” Hairspray was the first John Walter’s films to even attempt to appeal to the general public.