Classic "rockumentary" following British metal band, Spinal Tap, as they attempt a comeback tour of the States. Marty DiBergi captures the sex, the drugs and the lack of rock'n'roll as the band encounter cancelled gigs, interfering girlfriends, and miniature set designs of Stonehenge. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the genius of This is Spinal Tap (1984).
Ok, I'm not going to mince my words with this one. I'm going to let the quotes do the talking...
(reading a review of Spinal Tap's latest album)
Marty DiBergi: "This pretentious, ponderous collection of religious rock psalms is enough to prompt the question, 'What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap, and couldn't he have rested on that day too?'"
Derek Smalls: We're very lucky in the band that we have two visionaries, David and Nigel. They're like poets, like Shelley and Byron. They're two distinct visionaries, like fire and ice, basically. I feel my role in the band is to be somewhere in the middle of that, kind of like lukewarm water.
(Derek Smalls sets off a metal detector at the airport)
Security Officer: Do you have any artificial plates or limbs?
Derek Smalls: Er, not really.
Ian Faith: They're not gonna release the album...because they have decided that the cover is sexist.
Nigel Tufnel: Well, what's wrong with being sexy?
Ian Faith: The Boston gig has been cancelled...
David St. Hubbins: What?
Ian Faith: Yeah. I wouldn't worry about it though, it's not a big college town.
This is one of my favourite comedies ever. It's one of those films which gets better every time you watch it as you hear/see things you missed on previous viewings. By the makers of A Mighty Wind, Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman (all superb), this is them at their comic best. You can tell that they have been influenced by The Last Waltz (the Martin Scorsese character has been transformed into Marty DiBergi) and the cast is filled with such a great supporting cast. Considering many of the lines were ad-libbed and improvised, this is testament to the genius of Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner.
This is real comedy and I urge you to see it. Not a toilet gag in sight. Well, maybe just a couple...