YMMV / The Rutles

  • Awesome Music: Neil Innes' songs imitated the Beatles songs so well that they wound up on Beatles bootleg albums, and one fan actually accused him of stealing "Cheese and Onions" from an unreleased Beatle tape. He was taken to court for the songs, and had to testify that he hadn't listened to the original songs while making the soundtrack, just wrote from memory. There's no way to deny that's stunning. Moreover, the songs don't merely work as parodies and pastiches; they are legitimately great pop songs in their own right.
  • Ear Worm: Their songs wouldn't be half as effective as they are if they weren't so damned infectious.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When John Lennon watched the movie, he told them that the songs they did (Get Up and Go in particular) were too close to the real thing and that Paul might sue them. While Paul was fine with the whole project, ATV Music (who owned the rights to the Beatles' music) objected and sued, resulting in half the royalties for all the material going into the Lennon-McCartney bankbook.
  • Sequelitis: While the first Rutles film is great, the second one is awful beyond comprehension. It has a lot of pointless and unfunny celebrity cameos, mostly from American actors - which doesn't make a lot of sense in the context of the spoof - and repeats basically the same kind of jokes and situations. The rest is Stock Footage from the first movie. Even people who do like the sequel have to admit that it adds nothing to the original.
    • Even worse, the film was more or less an intentional slap in the face from Eric Idle to Neil Innes; the story suddenly rewrites concepts (like the 'table-tapping weekend') likely attributed to Innes, and all music heard is taken from "Archaeology", which Idle had refused to take part in.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Lots of their work is like this; they cleverly play off of the styles and lyrics of individual songs rather than doing note-for-note parodies. Compare "Back in '64" to "When I'm 64," for instance.
    • "Get Up and Go" is probably the closest, following "Get Back's" structure and chord progression so closely that you can sing one over the other.
      • Which is especially interesting, because bootlegs show "Get Up and Go" to have been originally written with a noticeably different melody; yet the final version is a near-identical mimic of "Get Back".
  • Tear Jerker: Perhaps unexpectedly, "Don't Know Why" and "Back in '64".