This Is Spinal Tap
The mockumentary to end all mockumentaries turns it up to 11.
You’ve never seen a tour film like this. Spinal Tap, a British heavy metal band, is touring the USA and trying to regain some of their former success – it’s not easy though, as increasingly absurd challenges arise.
Widely credited with popularizing and defining the mockumentary genre, This Is Spinal Tap was only a modest success when it first came out, but has gained cult status and a place in the Library of Congress National Film Registry as of 2002, one of the highest accolades an American film can receive, when it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant».
Many viewers at the time thought the film was a real documentary, not a mockumentary. (This was also true of me when I watched it at 10 years old, until my dad turned it off, appalled that I had gotten into the R-rated DVDs.) Several musical artists, including Sting, Eddie Van Halen, and Robert Plant have said they relate a little too much to the themes of becoming a self-parody (although Ozzy Osbourne said “They seemed quite tame compared to what we got up to”). For the rest of us who weren’t hits in the 80s, this is pure entertainment.