Marty DeBergi (Rob Reiner) follows a British rock band around the world on their comeback tour. In turn he learns about the artists, and realizes they are complete idiots. On various stage shows everything that can go wrong, does, and they even have squabbles over gimmicky things in order to keep people interested in their music. It also slowly following them from the ‘creative’ process of making a melody to even trouble while switching managers.
This completely shows most bands struggles in completely realistic ways and does it while taking the semi-serious comedy that is liken to most British sitcoms. At the same time it’s a really nice old style comedy where there’s joke setups, running gags, and even various spoofs of what they’re doing. Also a lot of the time it’s really wordy and it’s really intelligently done. To a certain extent it’s some of Mike Judge‘s style of comedy: it’s ‘smart’ dumb comedy. Although it’s surreal due to the fact they all are clearly hacks. It’s like watching one of ‘those people’ who wants to stay on top and took their poor, well, everything way to seriously. It’s almost like watching a crash and burn joke band that made it big and no one really know why.
Which is what most of the whole cast pulled off rather well. It’s just strange to see well seasoned actors now seem so completely GREEN, like Fred Willard and even Michael McKean in some areas. Christopher Guest stood out as a damn natural and it was almost eery how well he pulled the dumb rocker off. Michael McKean was hilarious on how well he could sing such dorky lyrics and he really did pull off a decent English accent. But what am I saying it isn’t about the acting, it’s about the jokes.
Let’s face it the whole reason to watch this movie is the jokes. The story is just damn weird, and due to not being a huge rock fan I think I’ve missed a few. However, there’s enough joke that are written plainly enough that anyone could get them. Like one of the best run on gags is about their drummer(s) dying under mysterious circumstances. One of the funnier scenes is where Harry Shearer is walking through a metal detector and he has a cucumber stuffed in his pants wrapped in tin foil. It’s almost classic as to how the joke is set up, but it’s different in how it’s executed.
If you can find it watch it at least once, with extended outtakes/clips. Some of the best ones are with Billy Crystal. It’s funny, but due to how far comedy has come the jokes will be a little dated and ‘smart’ dumb comedy isn’t for everyone. Also if you buy it on Blu-ray, like I did, the film doesn’t seem to have transferred well. Yes, some of it was probably done intentionally, but there was more graininess then what most would intend to do. Still at least watch it once.