Day 81 – This is Spinal Tap


Movie Title: This is Spinal Tap

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 22 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home


This is Spinal Tap is the greatest rockumentary ever made. The movie follows the fictional band Spinal Tap as they self destruct on what could be their final tour. A camera crew and director follow them, conduct interviews, and get a feel for life on the road. The movie opens with the band playing a show in New York. At the beginning of the tour things go fairly well despite declining attendance. Their sets are cool, featuring pods, giant skulls, and fireworks. They have great songs like “Give Me Some Money” and “Flesh Tuxedo” among others. Their drummers have all died under mysterious circumstances. One died in a bizarre gardening accident, one choked on someone else’s vomit, and 2 have spontaneously combusted. Things are ripe to go poorly.

After some cancellations, guitarist and vocalist David St. Hubbins’ (Michael McKean) girlfriend joins the tour and sets the kindling afire. After a time the manager quits and Nigel Tufnel, the lead guitarist, walks off stage at a gig gone wrong. All of this leads to hilarity. The songs are great and the comedy is inventive. It features some truly iconic gags like turning it up to 11 and the best use of Stonehenge in a movie ever. There are also a couple of small roles played by Fran Drescher and Billy Crystal that are interesting to see. One of them plays a hors d’oeuvres serving mime.


Now you need to know who the hors d’oeuvres serving mime is. Also, the movie is great. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The City of Lost Children (1995)

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