This Is Spinal Tap
Directed by Rob Reiner. US. 1984. R. 1 hour 22 minutes. Rialto. Digital.
Sat., November 11, 2017
Before there was Best in Show and A Mighty Wind there was the original improvised mockumentary – This is Spinal Tap! Showcasing the amazing comedic and musical talents of stars Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer, This is Spinal Tap follows the titular band, a fictitious British heavy metal unit, on their latest tour and promotional campaign for their new album Smell the Glove. Once stadium headliners, the middle-aged headbangers now have to deal with declining ticket/album sales, getting second billing to a puppet show, and potentially trampling an underwhelming Stonehenge stage prop. Often cited as one of the best comedies ever made, This is Spinal Tap is as relevant and funny as the day it was released.