Friday, February 6, 2015

The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (2004)

Director: Eric Idle

Writer: Eric Idle

Composer: ???

Starring: Eric Idle, Neil Innes, Ricky Fataar, David Bowie, Billy Connolly, Carrie Fisher, Jewl Kilcher, Steve Martin, Mike Nichols, Conan O'Brien, Salman Rushdie, Garry Shandling, Robin Williams, Clint Black, Jimmy Fallon, John Halsey, Tom Hanks, Graham Nash, Kevin Nealon, Catherine O'Hara, Jim Piddock, Bonnie Raitt, David A. Stewart, James Taylor, Jann Wenner

More info: IMDb

Plot: Twenty-three years after the release of the original Rutles documentary, famous artists, actors and musicians speak out on how the Rutles influenced them.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

On its own this is still pretty funny but only if you haven't seen THE RUTLES: ALL YOU NEED IS CASH (1978).  If you have seen the first film then this is utter shit.  It uses an extraordinary amount of footage from that film AND it regurgitates a lot of the same gags, making them run even longer than they should have.  It is nice seeing some of the then-current SNL players and there are some good laughs in this picture but there's no escaping the laziness of trying to pad out a film for 80 minutes where probably half of it was filmed 25 years earlier.  Still, there are enough cameos from some very funny people to make this a must-see for fans.  I can almost guarantee you'll only ever go back to the first one for revisits.  The Warner Bros. DVD has some extras including about a half hour of more interviews, 8 minutes of Eric Idle outtakes and an alternate ending. 

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