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Legendary British rock band Spinal Tap is followed by a documentary film-maker during their attempt at an American comeback tour. The resulting film, interspersed with powerful performances showcasing Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows the group as the difficult industry threatens to fade them into obscurity.
Everything about it is funny.
These go to eleven.
Lick My Love Pump.
Cult movie? In its own right.
A satire that instead of humiliating, truly honors metal.
Rob Reiner's debut. His best film as well.
One of the best mockumentaries of all time.
I love it.
Outrageously funny, so much so that my laughter was swapped with a consistent and dopey grin on my face. The startling realism and authenticity of the satire elevates the entire experience into a supremely hilarious achievement. Rob Reiner nailed This is Spinal Tap, and I have a feeling that a rewatch will raise my thoughts on it.
A brilliant spoof of rock culture banalities. Rob Reiner thinks out of the box for the first and last time in his career. Christopher Guest is one of the collaborators of such a groundbreaking screenplay, releasing theatrically one of the most influential films of the 80s. Magnificent inside jokes for all of us music lovers, portraying band members, although stereotypically, as human beings totally devoid of any sign of intelligence except for the one they need to lay their fingers on an instrument and know how to play it. Marvelous masterpiece and I actually can't believe how h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s it was.
You know, I'm marking this as a first time watch but let's face it - I've seen it before.
Well, most of it, anyway. The bit with the pods. 11. Getting lost on the way to the stage. The black album cover. The Stonehenge stage disaster. And more. I'd say perhaps as much as any incredibly popular film I hadn't seen yet, This Is Spinal Tap was the most impossible to go in to and enjoy like a first time viewing.
And I have to say that it probably did affect my opinion of it. The funniest moments the film has had been seen and heard of by me so…
Can I add a sixth star? This review goes up to six? I've seen this movie I don't know how many times now and I never get tired of it. I find myself chuckling before the gags even hit, just anticipating what's coming. Weird thing, though: It starts to look less ridiculous the more I learn about music history and more poignant the older I get.
i need the end credits scenes played at my funeral
Everything you need to know about the music business
Intravenus De Milo is actually one of the best album covers ever.
look, this is what i was asked to build, 18 inches! right here it specifies 18 inches, i was given this napkin
The status of This is Spinal Tap as a cult film totally makes sense. It has a slow-burn style of humour that isn’t obviously trying to work through a series of gags, instead emerging more organically from the deadpan madness of the subject matter and the mockumentary format. It does take a while to click into place and the first half hour is pretty underwhelming, though I can understand how it would gradually get better and better with repeat viewings as that familiarity emphasises much of its silliness. I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say that I’d want to watch it again, let alone repeatedly, but there are certainly some very funny moments in here and by the end I was starting to enjoy it a lot.
This improvised mockumentary from director Rob Reiner was released nationwide in March of 1984, where it doubled its $2.5 million dollar budget. The quick 82-minute experience is an excellent send-up of rock culture, portraying the fictional British heavy metal band "Spinal Tap" during a year on tour with hilarious results. The R-rated picture perfectly satirizes everything from their wild debauchery, musical pretentiousness, performance blunders, and general cluelessness. Perpetually teetering on the edge of realism, it's the extremely subtle and true-to-life humor that not only makes this movie so funny, it also tricked a fair number of audiences into believing this band actually existed.
In their first of many such parody-documentaries, veteran comics Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer lead…
Overall Enjoyment 7/10
Pretty entertaining. Spinal Tap could almost be a real band, their music is actually enjoyable and they're only slightly over the top. So overall this leans more towards amusing than laugh-out-loud funny, save for a few bits.
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