Spinal Tap: The Sequel

From MSN:

Spinal Tap is back, and this time the band wants to help save the world from global warming.

The mock heavy metal group immortalized in the 1984 mockumentary, "This Is Spinal Tap," will reunite for a performance at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the Live Earth concerts scheduled worldwide for July 7.

The original members of Spinal Tap will be there: guitarist Nigel Tufnel (played by Christopher Guest), singer David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and bassist Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer). Rob Reiner, who both directed "This Is Spinal Tap" and played the fake documentarian Marty DeBergi in the film, will also be in attendance.

Reiner created a new 15-minute film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Those of us are old enough to remember Spinal Tap still get a kick out of their amp going up to 11, or their never ending "jazz odyssey" to fill up the stage time. Well, now the band reunites, online, for a new short film. They are doing it as part of an effort to focus on global warming at the upcoming Live Earth concert.

While the largely forgettable short film does have a few redeeming moments, like the bit about the colon hydrotherapy office, or the internet addicted band member, it needs some more developed plot, and some more humor to make it more memorable. I was also disappointed that there weren't any references to the first film that I could discern. Still, it's nice to see the original band members get together for a worthy cause after all these years.

Watch the video here.

Overall Grade: B-

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