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"Puppet show and Spinal Tap"
- Jeff Boston
The marquee at the amusement park - very amusing, as are several scenes (Intravenus de Milo!) in this simultaneously funny and sad mockumentary of gum and cigarettes heavy metal hair bands. Bruno Kirby's limo driver's opinion of the genre proved prophetic ("It's a fad."). Too bad the same could not be said of rap, which brings up a great idea: Rob Reiner could put out a sequel, starring the group's kids in a talk-the-talk (but like most, no way walk-the-walk) street thug rapping "band." Now that would be hilarious. Of course, with its selective outrage and selective super-sensitivities, Hollywood wouldn't dare go against the pseudo super-serious, weird "woke" groupthink that has chained the industry for way too long, an industry that used to (seemingly long, long ago) produce comedies.
This Is Spinal Tap
This 'mockumentary' is so darn good.......please play it once a month.
- kevin sellers
I semi agree with Goetan. The first half of this film is definitely a spoof in the silly, Mel Brooks, over the top manner featuring scenes of broad comedy (i.e. Fran Drescher's yenta PR lady, Christopher Guest's kvetching about the hors D'oeuvres) but the second half, while never losing its comic edge (i.e. The Stonehenge screwup, the band lost in the auditorium in Cleveland), takes a serious turn into a most interesting and affecting examination of second rate-ness and failure, much like the Coen Brothers underrated masterpiece, "Llewyn Davis." Indeed, had director Rob Reiner chosen to keep the humor black throughout this would have been one of the great comedies. As it is it's damn good. So let's give it a B plus. P.S. Isn't it refreshing to see a bunch of Americans playing Brits for a change?
This movie goes to 11!
Only a true fan of 70's and 80's rock music could have written a script that so cleverly walks the fine line between truth and fiction. It really is a fine line between clever and stupid. So perfect that some viewers still don't get it. Definitely one of the funniest movies ever!
This is Spinal Tap
The spoof film to end other spoofs and helped define the term "mockumentary." Director and co-star Reiner interview Britain's loudest rock band and records their incidents for there American comeback tour. Guest, McKean and Shearer are perfect as the honest, child-like and pitiful rock group. The bad songs with even worse lyrics mark Reiner's acute ear for heavy-metal '80's music, non-stop laughs throughout. One of the best, a hilariously funny masterpiece. I give it a 5/5.
A Movie for the NOT-TOO-BRIGHT!!
- Brendan J. Lyttle
TCM..........Why do you show junk like this? This is what I call A MOVIE-FOR-THE-NOT-TOO-BRIGHT !!! Leonard Maltin in his review, gave it 3 stars the same he gave for THE GLENN MILLER STORY.....he should be ashamed of himself! Let's see him get into HEAVEN! I study movies and own over 6,000 of them. I know what I'm talking about. SPINAL TAP is the kind of movie that makes SATAN very happy! They can't even sing so they have to shout all thru this movie, most of it out of key!.....P.S....No more junk!
Too true to be funny
- John G
Anyone who has worked with any rock and roll band since the mid 70's can say they have experienced at least part of this movie. No matter how over the top this movie is, it has happened, to someone, somewhere. From the tortured artist guitar virtuoso who is useless without a guitar around his neck to the manager who has to deal with him, it's real.Here's the funny part. This was done as a parody. The music was so crass, so comical, and so frightfully good, it got airplay, and other bands started playing them as a lark or an inside joke. Songs like Sex Farm, Stonehenge, and Big Bottom turned into successes. There was a demand for this made up band to go on tour. The soundtrack sold a ton of copies. It turned into a real rock band, but it was David St. Hubbins people wanted, not Michael McKeane on vocals. They wanted the idiot savant guitar player. They wanted the self-destructing drummer. The band played the Freddie Mercury tribute. It became a thing upon itself. It's said that Eddie Van Halen can't laugh at the movie because it's all happened to him. The call of "Hello Cleveland!" is still shouted before many a show. Amps really do go to 11 now. It became self-fulfilling.Pure genius.
This is one of the best movies made in the 80's. It's a mock documentary on heavy metal bands of the late 70's and early 80's and McKean, Guest, and Shearer are hilarious.