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

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



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Credited cast:
Narrator / Dirk McQuickly / Lady Beth Mouse-Peddler
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Jewel - Interviewee (as Jewel)
Mike Nichols - Interviewee
Hans Hänkie
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Groupie Interviewee (scenes deleted)


After sitting on a shelf at Warner Brothers for over a year, Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, the much anticipated sequel to Eric Idle and Gerard Corvin's 1978 mockumentary, is finally on release, revealing the final exploits of The Rutles as they do a reunion tour of America. Documentor, Dirk McQuickly, interviews many artists and personalities who were inspired by the legendary band, from David Bowie to Tom Hanks. Written by Anonymous

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9 November 2004 (Hungary)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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The Sequel Turned Out To Be Rather Stale And Forgettable
19 November 2013 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Sequels are a dangerous game. Not all 2nd parts work better. There are some great exceptions - Terminator 2 or Aliens. Or Asterix and Obelix And Cleopatra Mission. Here is a very weird sequel to All You Need Is Cash of 1978. Well, this is not a sequel proper. This is not a remake or rework. A rip-off? A repetition, more precisely. Eric Idle is older, and he repeats himself. All the same predictable Monty Python gags and skits are here galore. Do they work? I'd vote, nope. They became stake, vapid and tasteless. Untasty. Taste less. That is so. There is No new dimension to the Rutles story line. Old footage, deleted scenes and additional moments are added, yes. Several famous people are added. Several songs are added. Yet, it does not convince. It leaves me stunned to some extent. And sad. Such a great film, as an original was, got such a stale sequel. Not necessary at all, and not that funny.

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