Friday, September 08, 2006

This is Spinal Tap

The Video 2 class will be watching one of my favorite movies next week. This Is Spinal Tap is rated R, but I believe the material is OK for most upper classmen in high school. This film is a great example of a "mockumentary" which is the student's first assignment.

"This satire about a fictional heavy metal group named Spinal Tap spoofs nearly every facet of rock 'n' roll -- from vacuous modern songwriting to half-baked album promos to pyrotechnic concerts. Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer portray the washed-up, aging British rockers whose tresses and egos outstrip their talent. Chronicling the band's evolution and its calamitous comeback tour is filmmaker Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner)."

5.0 Stars
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The satire has a deft, wicked touch." .

5.0 Stars
James Rocchi, Movie Reviewer
"Mock "rockumentary" is wildly funny and deeply influential."

Age appropriate and of good and enjoyable quality 14+
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Spinal Tap is a fictional band, and this humorous “mocumentary” about them highlights their failure. There are moments when the language gets a bit heavy with curse words, but these are short and sporadic.

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