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This is a funny movie that really his something you have to watch over and over since the jokes are subtle and designed to be caught by the most intelectual people. The entire movie is played straight by the actors and that is what makes it hard for people to watch that don't see this type of humor.
The perfect rating that I should give to one of the funniest movies ever made in the past 30 years.
Rob Reiner (STAND BY ME, THE PRINCESS BRIDE) directs and stars as Marty DiBergi, a TV commercial director-turned-aspiring filmmaker who is determined to capture the ups-and-downs from one of England’s legendary and loudest heavy metal bands...SPINAL TAP!
Well, that’s not really the behind-the-scenes story.
But it gets good.
Six years after their first American tour, Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) embark the devastatingly hilarious trials and tribulations of cancelled gigs, pyrotechnics gone awry, negative reviews, getting lost backstage, and worst of all, exploding drummers.
THIS IS SPINAL TAP is an authentic cult classic filled with quotable dialogue (“It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.”) and memorable tunes (“Big Bottom” and “Hell Hole”) that will sure to split your sides for years to come.
EXTRAS INCLUDE: Audio commentary by Spinal Tap, new interview with Rob Reiner, an hour of never-before-seen footage, Flower People press confrence, music videos, and more...
This is not a monumental achivement, so I didn't give it a 5, but it is good entertainment. The deadpan satire is usually quite believable as a documentary, save the occasional exploding drummer. The understated absurdity and much of the ad libbed dialog makes it seem more live/real than acted, far better than the ostensible "reality" shows polluting today's TV. Even the naughtiness is rather subtle; the song lyrics are suggestive rather than overt. This is the most benign R-rated movie I've seen, the only R-ratable aspect is the sometimes salty dalog that your kids learn from other kids at school. This is fine for most high-schoolers, just add your own bleeps.
If you like this genre, you'll love this. I picked it up because I loved it's cousin "Best In Show". If you haven't seen any of the Christopher Guest movies, this would be a good one to try out.
I bought this video because I wanted to see it again, I like the way it makes fun of rock musicians. It is a musician's music comedy. The laugh lines are subtle like an English comedy.
If you are a fan of Rock & Roll (especially from the '70's) and haven't seen this video, you must. If you have seen it and liked it, you should own a copy. If you actually remember the '70's, you probably weren't there.
"This is Spinal Tap" is an irreverent "Documentary" of a rock band on tour. Of course, there is foul language, so it's not for the kids. Some members of actual touring rock bands hated the film because they thought THEY were being mocked, that's the genius of this film. And it's timeless for 45 plus geezer like me.
Comedy rock-umentary of a ficticious band. Hilarious! This band (of comedians) was listed as one of the top 100 most influential bands in rock and roll by VH-1.
Most rock bands have seen all or part of this movie in the process of their own reach for stardom.
Definitley one for the collection!!
One could easily go beyond eleven to describe this movie. It is indeed, 11. Even if you do not understand those days, it will still split your seems and tap your spinal cord silly. A must in any movie collection. 11 for sure! ;)
This is just a film classice that started the rockumentary genre. It seemed to be by accident, but damn this stuff is too funny. Rob Reiner is the king.
A classic movie for anyone who had anything to do with rock bands. Tons of laughs and flashbacks to the 80's. Where can I get an amp that goes to eleven?
Loved this movie from the first time that I saw it! Was glad to see it listed on eBay for an incedible price, so I snatched it up. This "mock-umentary" is un parralled look at life in a rock band with it's brilliantly improvised scripts and moments of zany mahem! Actors, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, along with director Rob Reiner and an all-star ensemble make this movie a "must-have"...glad it's now in my collection!