What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spinal Tap is a fictional band, and Rob Reiner's classic "mockumentary" about them highlights their failure. There are moments when the language gets a bit heavy with curse words, but they tend to be short and sporadic. Violence and sex are almost non-existent except for the songs, which tend to be heavy with sexual innuendo. Lots of references to drugs and alcohol. But much of the humor will go right over younger kids' head.
- Families can talk about the difference between a documentary and a mockumentary. How can you tell which is which?
- The movie can jump-start a great discussion about the role of marketingin the music business. How much of their success (or lack thereof) doesSpinal Tap owe to marketing versus their own (clear lack of) talent?
- What is director Reiner trying to say to the audience about the music industry?
- How does this movie's subject matter relate to the current pop music scene?