This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

dir. Rob Reiner. “They’re treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry.” Amazing first theatrical feature from Rob Reiner. Hilarious from beginning to end (watch the whole end credits). Co-written by the genius Christopher Guest (I love WAITING FOR GUFFMAN (1996)) I won’t try and spoil any of the jokes, but I recommend this movie to anyone. The first “mockumentary” I saw, and I was hooked. It’s a fake documentary about a rock band at the end of their career. Fans of ‘Better Call Saul’ will recognize Jimmy’s brother Chuck, in the role of a lifetime – David St. Hubbins. So many famous lines that are still sidesplittingly funny. I still have a crush on the airport security guard. Wonderful cameo with Fran Drescher (a decade before ‘The Nanny’) If you took out all the songs, it would still be a masterpiece. To have such a pitch perfect comedy, then pack it with an album’s worth of 80s bangers, is unbelievable. Without THIS IS SPINAL TAP, maybe we would never have seen ‘The Thick of It’, ‘The Larry Sanders Show’, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, or ‘The Office’. I’m going to add some more Rob Reiner movies to the list.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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