The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch

The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch is a 2002 re-telling of the 1978 mockumentary All You Need Is Cash, in a modern setting.

The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch
Written byEric Idle
Directed byEric Idle
StarringEric Idle
Neil Innes
Ricky Fataar
John Halsey
Narrated byEric Idle
Country of originUK
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Eric Idle
Lorne Michaels
Running time56 minutes
DistributorWarner Bros.
Original release
  • 9 November 2002 (2002-11-09)
Preceded byAll You Need Is Cash


Twenty-three years after the original, documentarist Melvin Hall (Eric Idle) interviews mainstream artists, actors, and musicians about the days of the popular band The Rutles, which mostly consisted of ending up in the wrong country. The film ends with Melvin and the interviewees laughing.

In the interviews with David Bowie, he is seen holding a copy of the vinyl album The Rutles 1, calling it a "piece of marketing extravagance". The interview in the film shows the cover of the album with a black circle that has the words "27 No. 1 Songs On One LP". In the DVD extras, the circle on the album cover says "27 No. 1 Songs On 1 CD", even though this is a vinyl record album. Either way, this was the only time that a Rutles album was practically identical to a Beatles album in both album cover and title.

The plot remains the same as its 1978 counterpart, with a new introduction and conclusion with Idle's character, Melvin Hall.

Eric Idle told Entertainment Weekly that this is not a sequel but a "remake supplement".



The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch received mainly negative reviews, with many complaining that it was simply an update for modern audiences. Idle did not ask for the participation of Fataar, Halsey or Innes for the making of the film, viewing it as a solo project.[1] It contained no new interviews with the Rutles; Rutle footage consisted of outtakes and unused film produced for the original 1978 mockumentary. Idle did new interviews with Hanks, Raitt, Shandling and Rushdie. Though he had opposed the 1996 release of The Rutles Archaeology, Idle used songs from the album in the film.


  1. Caro, Mark (10 May 2005). "Art imitates strife: Rutles launch feud". Chicago Tribune. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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