The year’s funniest documentary airs on TV

We know 2009 isn’t over yet, but it’s hard to imagine there’ll be any documentary this year that’s quite as hilarious and heartwarming as Anvil! The Story of Anvil. If you happened to miss it in theaters, you’ll be able to watch it for free when VH-1 airs it on Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. (available on DVD 10/6).

Back in the ’80s, the Canadian heavy metal group Anvil seemed poised for stardom alongside the likes of Metallica and Slayer, but inexplicably fizzled along the way. However, original members Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner—who met at the age of 14—haven’t given up, and the film follows them (now in their 50s) as they embark on a (horribly mismanaged) European tour. Lips and Robb are incredibly endearing (you’ll understand why their long-suffering families support them), and director Sacha Gervasi wisely edits his film so that even soft rock fans will enjoy this story of grown men chasing the basement, bass-heavy dream of their youth.

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