This Is Spinal Tap
This Is Spinal Tap

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Certificate: 15 | Released: 1984 | Duration: 1 hr 20 mins | Director: Rob Reiner | Studio: Mgm Entertainment | Genres: Comedy

A brilliant and hilarious documentary-style satire of a has-been British heavy metal band who never really was on an absurd American comeback tour that never quite gets off the ground, THIS IS SPINAL TAP practically birthed the mockumentary style. Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer are David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, and Derek Smalls, respectively-three clueless, self-absorbed men who form the nucleus of Spinal Tap, aging purveyors of overwrought songs with titles such as "Big Bottom," "Smell the Glove," ... (Full plot summary below)

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A brilliant and hilarious documentary-style satire of a has-been British heavy metal band who never really was on an absurd American comeback tour that never quite gets off the ground, THIS IS SPINAL TAP practically birthed the mockumentary style. Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer are David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, and Derek Smalls, respectively-three clueless, self-absorbed men who form the nucleus of Spinal Tap, aging purveyors of overwrought songs with titles such as "Big Bottom," "Smell the Glove," and "Sex Farm." Shot in faux cinema verite-style with director Rob Reiner as fictional filmmaker Marty DiBergi, the film lampoons just about every rock & roll cliche (not to mention every rockumentary cliche) in the book as it follows these fallen rock idols from one disastrous gig to the next. Scenes of the tour's descent from desperation into total collapse are interspersed with interviews in which the band members delightfully prattle on inanely about the none-too-illustrious history and dubious vision of Spinal Tap. THIS IS SPINAL TAP is a striking and acutely hysterical directorial debut for Reiner and a deserved cult classic. Watch for an endless array of cameos by wonderful comic character actors along the way.

Hilarious story of a British rock band on their disastrous cross-country tour of America. Also available as part of a double feature.

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Los Angeles Times - 9.0/10 by Kenneth Turan That rare comedy that is as completely entertaining now in its re-release...as it was back then.
Mr. Showbiz - 9.6/10 by Carmel Dagan So intensely funny that the viewer must hang on every word: comic gems spill forth almost continuously.
Chicago Tribune - 10.0/10 by Marc Caro Deserves an encore anyway for its invaluable contributions to the vocabulary of rock'n' roll and pop culture.
Salon.com - 8.0/10 by Stephanie Zacharek The group's members come off more like real musicians than parodists.
Chicago Reader - 7.0/10 by David Kehr The material is consistently clever and funny.
Christian Science Monitor - 10.0/10 by David Sterritt The rock scene hasn't been the same since this hilarious 1984 comedy.
Washington Post - 9.0/10 by Desson Thomson One of the great movie satires. And if it isn't the funniest rock spoof ever made, it certainly shares the title with "The Rutles."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10.0/10 by Roger Ebert One of the funniest, most intelligent, most original films.

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