This is Spinal Tap (1984) Review:

There’s as many reviews for this film as drummers for Spinal Tap.

Don't get crotchety about this image.
Don’t get crotchety about this image.

Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra, Bruno Kirby, et al…

Runtime: 82 Minutes

Plot (taken from IMDb): Spinal Tap, one of England’s loudest bands is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

What can I say about This is Spinal Tap that hasn’t already been said? It’s a classic comedy that everyone should watch, and already has done, a lot. Everything in Spinal Tap is genius and funny, it may not be the most instantly hilarious film ever made, but the jokes stick and you’ll remember quotes for years.

Spinal Tap has endured over the years because everything is played perfectly – you can believe that Spinal Tap is (or was) a band. Spinal Tap is helped by a fantastic script, backed up by brilliant performances and assured direction. Spinal Tap is not just funny either, it actually tells something of a solid story about friendship and Yoko-Onos by the end.

I'd buy this album.
I’d buy this album.

Not only is the acting by the cast very good, but the songs they play are perfect parodies in their own right, and hold the film together. It is in the live-performances of the film where it transcends other parodies and where we get some of the funniest moments of the film.

I know everyone’s favourite line is “it goes up to eleven” and that whole scene, but in my own opinion, Spinal Tap doesn’t get funnier than when they get lost on the way to the stage, or when their Stonehenge model is fantastically small, or when one of them gets stuck in a pod, but has to carry on playing regardless, or when… you get the idea.

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The almighty power of Stonehenge.

The simple fact is there are so many funny moments in Spinal Tap that it is not worth trying to go through them all, just watch the film and then spend the rest of your days searching for scenes on Youtube when you’re bored. Spinal Tap succeeds where so many comedy films fail – in being funny.


This is Spinal Tap is endlessly funny, verging on hilarious. It contains brilliant performances, a razor-sharp script and practically flawless direction. Spinal Tap is often considered one of the best ever comedies for a reason.

If you’ve read this review, you’ve wasted valuable Spinal Tap watching time.



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