A mockumentary that chronicles the American
tour of England's loudest rock band, Spinal Tap.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Directed by Rob Reiner
Written by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean,
Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner
Starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Rob Reiner,
Harry Shearer, Bruno Kirby, Tony Hendra, June Chadwick
This Is Spinal Tap is a funny, quirky, and highly original self-proclaimed "rockumentary" from four masterminds of comedy. In this film, we are introduced to the loudest and most oblivious rock band to ever come out of England: Spinal Tap.
Legendary comedic actors Christopher Guest and Michael McKean lead this talented cast and succeed in winning over any audience with their trademark quirks and bizarre behavior. For a film about a fake rock band, the music is actually pretty badass and sticks in your head, particularly "Stonehenge" and "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight."
This film is a precursor to modern mockumentary film and television comedies (i.e. The Office and Parks and Recreation). It takes what could have been a ridiculous premise and turns it into something memorable and hilarious. In other words, it takes the normal standard of comedy and cranks it up to eleven.