This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

This Is Spinal Tap Quote: “It’s such a fine line between stupid, and uh…” – David St. Hubbins

The Christopher Guest mockumentary that started it all, “This Is Spinal Tap,” blended brilliant musical parodies and absurd non-sequiturs well ahead of its time in 1984. It was so convincing that a  young Gene Lyons and a drunken Ozzy Osbourne thought Spinal Tap was a real band.

In this episode, Shat The Movies commissioner Scott H. in Friendswood, Texas, treats Ash to one of her favorite comedies. Consider it a Christmas gift full of amazing one-liners, cringe harmonies, jaw-dropping cameos and a strange sense of heart.

We all remember “it goes to 11,” but so many other gags make “This Is Spinal Tap” worth rewatching in 2022: Stonehenge, exploding drummers, flower people, Australians’ nightmares and “Big Bottoms.” Did it make our Top 10 movies of all time? Have a listen and find out.

Plot Summary: “This Is Spinal Tap” “This Is Spinal Tap” shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.

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