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The 50 Funniest Movies of All Time

36. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Rob Reiner
Stars: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Rob Reiner, Ed Begley, Jr.
Quotable: "These go to 11."
Fun Fact: According to Reiner, many people thought that Spinal Tap was a real band. They'd tell him that they loved the movie, but that he should've centered the film on a more popular band.

This Is Spinal Tap isn't just the funniest movie ever made about the music industry-it's the best, period.

Before Christopher Guest wrote and directed his ensemble faux documentaries (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show), he and frequent collaborators Harry Shearer and Michael McKean formed the fictional hair band Spinal Tap. A filmmaker (director Rob Reiner) follows them around as as they endure botched onstage theatrics, negative press, and their own stupidity. As a roast of the music world,

This Is Spinal Tap is a vicious sucker-punch; as a straightforward laugh-riot, it's a hugely influential showstopper.

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