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3.0 out of 5 stars I watched this film by mistake!, 26 July 2007
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This review is from: This Is Spinal Tap (Double Disc Set) [DVD] (DVD)
Someone, one day will have to explain to me what is so good about this film? Maybe it's because I'm stupid? (I've got a PhD - maybe it's because I've got a PhD??!!). Maybe it's because I live in Germany (only joking German friends :-) Maybe it's because I read all the reviews here about this being the funniest film of all time (you guys obviously haven't seen Withnail and I). The most quotable film of all time? (you definitely haven't seen Withnail!). Or maybe it's because I hate heavy metal/hard rock (whatever you call it) so much and hated the spoof heavy metal just as much (without laughing once). Or maybe it's because I've never been in the music business and don't get the jokes?

Maybe, I dunno. But I have more rational explanation: the whole movie relies on the suspension of disbelief - that you 'buy' that it's real. Yet, it so obviously ISN'T real. That bit of suspension of disbelief lasted about 5 minutes with me. Thereafter, I found nearly the whole film - with one or two exceptions - cringingly embarrassing and NOT funny. I admit that there is a notoriously thin line between cringe and humour but Spinal Tap didn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, I love satire - I love Ali G and Borat but this satire is a piss-take of something which is, in my view, already a joke - a joke about a joke isn't that funny, although I guess it might be for those in the 'know.'

So why 3 stars? Well, I thought the acting was first class. I did find one or two scenes mildly amusing, e.g. the Stone Henge scene, although it was funny in a kind of Mr Bean way, not really sophisticated. The dialogues are well done. And I thought the characterisation was brilliant - the characters are definitely believable.

Nevertheless, a total let-down. I only watched it because a Withnail fan recommended it to me......... now I see that, to paraphrase Withnail, 'I've watched it by mistake.'
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2009, 19:23:55 BST
David Levene says:
I love Withnail too - but most quotable film of all time? Surely that esteemed position is held by the Life of Brian??

Great review though - thanks!

Posted on 2 Jul 2009, 09:49:20 BST
Stulito says:
Nice review.

I'm allergic to films unfortunately, so haven't seen Spinal Tap.

As a youth I used to weep in Blockbusters.
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