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7,899 Ratings

This Is Spinal Tap

Directed by Rob Reiner
United States, 1984


When Marti DeBergi set out in 1984 to capture “the sights, the sounds, and the smells” of legendary British rock band Spinal Tap, what he ended up with was something quite unexpected: nothing short of the quintessential roc doc—shocking, wild, funny, and totally staged.

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This Is Spinal Tap Directed by Rob Reiner

Critics reviews

The musicians can only sustain their false self-image by never, in any real sense, growing up. The band members wear their child-like mentality as armor. Rather than the heinous, malign guidance of ego, it is to their id that David and Nigel revert. In this particular reading, then, Spinal Tap represent a Jungian concept. The Swiss psychiatrist identified puer aeternus, Latin for “eternal boy,” as an archetype, one of the “primordial, structural elements of the human psyche.”
February 10, 2014
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It’s perfectly perverse that the most enduring American screen musical of the eighties is probably This Is Spinal Tap… Perhaps what makes This Is Spinal Tap such a hilarious, and surprisingly multilayered comedy, is that there’s such an essential disconnect between the performers and their performances.
November 18, 2013
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A one-joke comedy, but superbly worked; turns out there is indeed a fine line between stupid and clever. Lots of justly-famous moments, but what really impresses is how deftly it creates emotional heft for its comic heroes (much more so than Guest’s later mockumentaries), partly because – for all their idiocy – they’re so touchingly devoted to their art…
February 01, 2013
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