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Review: This is Spinal Tap (1984)

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My first review of a “cult film” that I had previously not seen didn’t go too good (The Big Lebowski). So, needless to say, I was prepared for a flop with This is Spinal Tap. Even friends who had seen it said it wasn’t that funny. But, since I was looking for something light, I plunged in.

Spinal Tap, if you didn’t know is Rob Reiner’s mockumentary/Rockumentary of the fictional and slowly fading British band, Spinal Tap and their return tour to the US. Reiner, plays the documentarian, Marty DiBergi who follows the band and their endeavors to be what they once were. The film, in its tongue-in-cheek fashion poke fun at just about everything in the 80’s rock genre, from the outfits to the ever changing band members, to the ridiculous lyrics and album covers.

Let’s just get this part out of the way: the plot isn’t the most original you will see. You could probably see the ending coming 10 miles away. HOWEVER. And that is a big however, this is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen. Not for any one thing, but for the random moments that could be very boring but due to some fantastic improv work, make up the film. So many times, I laughed out loud, which is rare for me. Some of the funniest stuff isn’t even in the film, but played during the credits.

My Rating: A-


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