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This Is Spinal Tap

  R HD Closed Captioning

Rob Reiner

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Plot Summary

“Such a fine line between stupid and clever.” “None more black.” “This one goes to 11.” Audiences didn’t quite know what to make of This is Spinal Tap when it first hit movie theaters in 1984. Was it a comedy, or a real-life documentary about a British heavy metal band on a disastrous comeback tour? Actually, it was something else entirely and the first of its kind: the “mockumentary.” Rob Reiner's directorial debut is the story of Spinal Tap, an aging group of rockers with one last shot at fame and glory. Called “the funniest movie ever made about rock and roll” (Newsweek) and ranked #1 on Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time,” it’s the comedy phenomenon that will rock your socks off.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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95%
  • Reviews Counted: 61
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It stays so wickedly close to the subject that it is very nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: For all its japes and jokes, the movie is really about exhaustion of the spirit: sitting in a bleak hotel suite at 4 a.m. with the bad taste of last night in the mouth and the feeling that tomorrow will not be a better day. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: For music biz insiders, This Is Spinal Tap is a vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: This Is Spinal Tap doesn't pull punches... – Jessica Winter, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Existential

I give this one an 11

Required Viewing

To all you students and twenty-somethings out there, this movie was our Napoleon Dynamite back in the day. The Tap's place in cinematic history is firmly secure. Now turn it up to 11...

A Christopher Guest Classic

Hey man, our amps go up to 11! Wow they played at Pixie Woods in Stockton California. That is definite proof of how inutterably lame they were. Great movie. I love Christopher Guest. If you liked the humor in This is Spinal Tap but haven't heard of his other movies, i suggest watching Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind- all hilarious. Christopher Guest is kind of like Wes Anderson in that he casts a lot of the same actors in his movies. Wes has Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Angelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman, and a few others that he sticks with, while Christopher has Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, and a few others. Warning: not all will like his subtly mocking sense of humor. But those who do will absolutely love it.

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