THE RUTLES 2: CAN'T BUY ME LUNCH (2002)
Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar, David Bowie, Billy Connolly, Carrie
Fisher, Jewel Kilcher, Steve Martin, Mike Nichols, Conan O'Brien, Salman
Rushdie, Garry Shandling, Robin Williams, April Adams, Clint Black,
Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Graham Nash, Kevin Nealon,
Catherine O'Hara, Jim Piddock, Bonnie Raitt, David A. Stewart, James
Taylor & Jann Wenner.
Screenplay by Eric
Directed by Eric Idle.
Distributed by Warner Home Video. 84 minutes. Rated
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch
IT WAS THE TROUSERS...
Imitation is often described as the sincerest form of flattery. Back in the
late 70's, a new parody project was conceived by Monty Python member, Eric
Idle which poked fun at the expense of The Beatles. They were called The
Rutles. Featuring spot-on Beatlesque music penned by ex-Bonzo Dog band
member, Neil Innes, The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash was an
affectionate and hilarious revisiting of the Beatles story. Beatle George
Harrison was such a fan of the project that he took part in the filming and
appears in the original show as a TV reporter. John Lennon and Ringo Starr,
meanwhile, were also reportedly fans of All You Need Is Cash. At the
time of its original TV airing on NBC, the show polarized Beatle fans, some
loved it while others felt it savaged the legacy of their Liverpudlian
heroes. Meanwhile, the Rutles White Album homage, "Cheese And
Onions," (featured in the show and on the album soundtrack) was performed in
the mid-70's by Innes on Saturday Night Live and even fooled the most
ardent Beatle fans, appearing years later on a Beatles bootleg where it was
being foisted as a legitimate unreleased track.
Now more than 25 years later, Rutles creative mastermind, Eric Idle,
"legend that will last a lifetime" saga of Dirk McQuickly, Stig O'Hara,
Barry Wom and Ron Nasty in The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (Warner
Home Video). With Idle cast once again as the intrepid and bumbling host
Melvin Hall, this new DVD recounts the colorful and humorous "Tragical
History Tour" of the zany Pre-Fab Four by deftly interspersing newly shot
footage punctuated by revelatory outtakes purloined from The Rutles: All
You Need Is Cash film. Adding to the unabashed Rutlemania on display,
the DVD also features special appearances by a flurry of celebrities paying
homage to the legacy of these four lads from Rutland including Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bonnie Raitt, Jewel, Tom
Hanks, Steve Martin, Jimmy Fallon, Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Conan
O'Brien, Billy Connolly, and more.
Like the acclaimed mockumentary
This Is Spinal Tap, The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch walks a
fine line between homage, shameless mimicry and biting critical commentary.
The footage featuring the band filming their trio of
A Hard Days Rut, Ouch! and Let It Rot, respectively and
departure of Rutles manager, Leggy Mountbatten from the group are among the
numerous irreverent tongue-in-cheek delights.
Special mention should also be made about the wonderfully authentic sounding
music heard in the special written by Neil Innes. Indeed, Innes brilliantly
captures the innocence, frivolity and inherent complexity of Beatles music.
Throughout the show, Innes' music cleverly and lovingly reconfigures that of
the Four Lads From Liverpool to create his own impressive batch of aural
gems that could legitimately stand on their own as lost Beatle classics with
a comedic lyrical twist. Lending a little help from his friends and musical
comrades in arms is Ricky Fataar (who is cast as Stig O'Hara), best known
for his long-time work with Bonnie Raitt and The Beach Boys and drummer John
Halsey (who plays Barry Wom). Such songs as "Questionnaire," "Back in '64,"
"Easy Listening," "Major Happy's Up And Coming Once Upon A Good Time Band,"
"Knicker Elastic King,"
Arrived (And To Prove It We're Here,"
"Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik", "Lonely-Phobia" are among the songs
culled from the Rutles second album, 1996's "Archaeology" that wonderfully
augment the wacky on-camera hijinks.
The DVD also includes a bounty of extras including an alternate ending,
Melvin Hall outtakes and over 25 minutes of additional celebrity interviews.
While a new wave of Rutlemania may not be in the cards, this legend will
most certainly last a lifetime. The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch is a
worthy companion piece to the widely revered All You Need Is Cash
film. This is essential viewing for all self-respecting music and pop
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