This Is Spinal Tap

This Is Spinal Tap

DVD - 2000
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Once upon a time, Spinal Tap had a big hit song. Now, nearly two decades later, Spinal Tap still clings to some glint of their lost glory as they embark on an accident-plagued tour across America. In Cleveland, the group gets lost underneath the stage. In Washington, they're accidentally booked at an Air Force formal dance. And in a Chicago record store, no one shows up to get their autographs.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Canal+ ; Los Angeles, CA : MGM Home Entertainment [distributor], [2000]
Edition: Special ed., widescreen version
ISBN: 9780792846581
0792846583
Branch Call Number: YA791.4372 T448r1
MOVIE THI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83, 105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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What it didn't get: 1984 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner)


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TheeAvebury
Oct 06, 2017

Seminal " mockumentary " that many movies attempt to emulate but that don't even come close to this comedy classic.

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Calvacade
Jan 17, 2017

This movie is over 30 years old, yet it still stays relevant even today. The hilarious and absurd themes it explores in music are still just as relatable now as it was then. And honestly, the older this movie gets, the less of a parody it looks.
This is an almost perfectly executed movie in what it's trying to do. It's basically making fun of the hard rock and metal scenes of the time. And it's just an utter joy to watch front to back.
And in spite of the movie being a parody, the music is surprisingly good. It doesn't take itself seriously, but it is fun to listen to, and is something you might be humming to yourself later.
The movie itself basically follows a hard rock band during a downswing in their careers, as they tour across the United States in support of a much maligned new record they are releasing. Disasters befall them at just about every stop, and the band attempts to work past the many obstacles they face during this time.

For anyone who is a fan of rock music, comedies, or just likes well made films, this is an easy recommend. And also an easy recommend to anyone even slightly curious to check it out. It really is just that good.

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uzebdrumz
May 04, 2015

The genius of tap is the realization that they managed to include almost every rock n' roll cliché. It's even more hilarious when you consider that they were improvising most of the material. This film is considered average by many, but for anyone remotely familiar with the life of a touring rock band, then this is the absolute pinnacle of hyperbole, satire, stereotype & derision. Every band & every musician can relate to having a "tap moment" at some point in their life, whether it's a goes to 11, "hello, Cleveland" or dead drummers. There are 1½ hours of extras that are as hilarious as the feature film. Cameo appearances by Dana Carvey, Billy Crystal, Howard Hesseman, Paul Shaffer, & many more.

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westcoast11
Dec 08, 2014

So funny. Love the Stonehenge scene. So many quotable lines. If you like mocumentaries I also recommend Waiting For Guffman and Best in Show. You don't have to know anything about the subjects being mocked--they're just funny movies.

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NoahAnderson1
Jul 23, 2014

Whether or not you're a die-hard fan of the group, you'll love this detailed "rockumentary" of Engand's legendary Spinal Tap.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Oct 30, 2013

Please - Please - Please don't anyone dare tell me that this vacuous, comatose freakshow was really supposed to be the best and the funniest movie ever made about Rock'n'Roll - 'Cause, hey, if that was so, then, let me tell ya, plain and simple - Rock'n'Roll is in frickin' serious need of resuscitation, like, pronto!_____ I sincerely think that doofus-director, Rob Reiner, must've secretly hated everything that rock'n'roll stood for to have presented these fictitious, UK rockers known as "Spinal Tap" in such a drab, dim-witted, and disfavorable light as was clearly the case here._____ Over these many years I have heard so much positive praise about This Is Spinal Tap's outrageous hilariousness, and such - But, for me, (considering its over-ripe subject matter) it turned out to be one of the tamest and lamest comedies that I've ever seen._____ This severely dated film should've been literally loaded to the rafters with great one-liners, silly off-the-wall shenanigans and zaniness galore - But, unfortunately, on top of its painful predictability, it didn't contain a single, solitary memorable line worth quoting._____ I seriously thought that this film's 82-minute running time was really pushing the limits of what I could reasonably tolerate. Had this film, perhaps, been edited down to, say, 30 minutes, then I think that its overall appeal and humorous punch might've greatly benefited in the long run._____ So, would I say that "Rock'n'Roll Rules" (!?) - Nope. It doesn't. At least from where This Is Spinal Tap is concerned, it doesn't!

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Monolith
Feb 27, 2013

Very dry humor, and really corny. Some funny bits, though.

aaa5756 Jan 24, 2013

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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KatieKnight
Mar 08, 2011

There were some pretty funny moments in this movie.

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jamesthiele
Dec 04, 2010

If you didn't know that Spinal Tap wasn't a real band you'd be convinced this was a real rockumentary. It is totally hilarious.

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PullTheOtherOne
May 05, 2017

Nigel: "It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is None: None...more black."

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bdelligatti
Mar 04, 2016

Nigel Tufnel: "Don't touch it" and "Because this one goes to eleven".

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uzebdrumz
May 04, 2015

Nigel Tufnel: You know, just simple lines intertwining, you know, very much like - I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really. It's like a Mach piece, really. It's sort of...

Marty DiBergi: What do you call this?

Nigel Tufnel: Well, this piece is called "Lick My Love Pump".

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Monolith
Feb 27, 2013

Marty DiBergi: "Let's talk about your music today, uh... one thing that puzzles me, ummm... is the makeup of your audience. It seems to be, uh, predominantly, young boys." David St. Hubbins: "Well, it's a sexual thing, really. Aside from the identifying that the boys do with us, there's also a reaction to the, of the female to our music." Nigel Tufnel: "Yeah, really they're quite fearful. That's my theory. They see us on stage, with tight trousers... We've got, you know -- armadillos in our trousers. I mean, it's really quite frightening -- the size. And, and they, they run screaming."

laustcawz Mar 01, 2012

"...but these go to 11!"

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haPPY_FUn_baLL
Jan 28, 2010

Nigel Tufnel: "We've got Armadillos in our trousers. It's really quite frightening. "

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haPPY_FUn_baLL
Jan 28, 2010

David St. Hubbins: "It's such a fine line between stupid, and clever."

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uzebdrumz
May 04, 2015

Prepare to embed in the sights, sounds, ... & smells of heavy metal music.

aaa5756 Jan 23, 2013

Dumb ASS DVD....but funny!!!

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