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With: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Annette O'Toole, Judith Owen, Jeffrey C.J. Vanston
Written by: n/a
Directed by: Jim Gabour
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 130
Date: 03/18/2013
IMDB

Unwigged & Unplugged (2009)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Tonight They're Gonna Rock Ya

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This great-looking, great-sounding concert video captures Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer as themselves, acoustically performing all the songs they wrote for the movies This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind and the album Break Like the Wind. Admittedly, theunplugged heavy metal doesn't quite mix with the folk music, especiallysince I'm a fan of the former movie, but not so much the latter movie.But the performers intersperse the songs with lots of banter, making itall their own. (Some of the banter is obviously written, but theon-the-fly stuff is a lot funnier; it seems as if Shearer is the biggestcut-up of the three.) There are a few quick movie and video clips, andMcKean's wife, the gorgeous actress Annette O'Toole, comes out for acouple of songs. (She and McKean co-wrote the Oscar-nominated song "AKiss at the End of the Rainbow.") Some of the best moments feature the"older" songs from the flower-power era of Spinal Tap, such as "(Listento the) Flower People." The biggest drawback is that the video is very long,running over two hours.

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