This Is Spinal Tap

Movie review by Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.

R 1984 83 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 12+

Raw and awkward mockumentary has language and some sex humor

This Is Spinal tap is a 1980’s comedy “nockumentary” about a decking heavy metal rock group. It’s very similar to shows like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”, and do contain its raw and cringe humor with its sex jokes and language, so here’s my full parent review in detail: VIOLENCE: Basically none, but there is some “violent behavior”. A man smashes things on an office with a cricket bat in a comedic sequence. A man smashes his guitar. LANGUAGE: In the second half of the movie, language such as f*ck and bullsh*t appear more frequently than the first, especially in one scene where the band constantly swears at each other in anger. All in all, the film has over 20 uses of f*ck and sh*t throughout. ALCOHOL/DRUG/TOBACCO USE: People frequently smoke, some people refer to liking drugs and nothing more is really shown than just references in no detail. SEXUAL CONTENT: Some sexual jokes are heard throughout. In one scene, a woman discusses with a man why his album picture is sexist, and explains that “a naked and greased up woman is shown on all 4’s with a dog collar on and attached to a leash held by a man” and the label is never shown. Later on in the film, a man also explains another artist had half naked women and him being whipped by them. A man says that his piece refers to oral sex, but it is mentioned so lightly that it would fly over a kids head. Most songs are about big bums and “sexy” people in all. Some other references, but all fly over the heads of kids. OVERALL: 12+

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 14+

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