This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Director: Rob Reiner
Screenwriters: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner
Stars: Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Fran Drescher, Bruno Kirby
You don't have to be an undying Mötley Crüe fan to appreciate This Is Spinal Tap, director Rob Reiner's hilarious and sharp send-up of the music industry, particularly the hair metal culture of the 1980s.
Presented as a "real" documentary, it's a work of committed brilliance; as the self-centered, at times delusional, members of the fictional heavy metal group Spinal Tap, actors Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer deliver every ridiculous bit of dialogue and perform each exaggerated song with such all-in vigor that This Is Spinal Tap feels like the funniest episode of Behind The Music ever made. —MB