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The plot is predictably absurd and rather inspired.Read more ›
The film may not succeed in every way (i.e. David Arquette has literally nothing to do and the arc with Catherine Keener is utterly predictable), but there are never long sections that feel like the film is dragging. The laughs keep coming even through the character's lowest moment and Amy Poehler breathes plenty of fresh air into it at the end.
If "Napoleon Dynamite" is a spoof of all teenager coming-of-age comedies, then "Hamlet 2" is a spoof of the "Let's put on a show" genre. Set in the completely mediocre town of Tuscon, the movie revolves around one Dana Marschz, a drama teacher who seemingly would have to aspire to great heights to achieve mediocre. Played by Steve Coogan with a zany pell-mell brio that brings to mind a young Eric Idle, Mr. Marschz is a semi-successful actor who has fallen on hard times. Now he teaches drama to mainly disinterested high school students and puts on derivative plays based on successful Hollywood movies. His marriage to Brie (Catherine Keener) is falling apart before his ignorant eyes and he can only roller-blade to work. Where, I should add, he is being fired due to budget cuts.
His career trajectory, one might say, has flatlined.
But then he decides to stage his magnum opus, a sequel to Hamlet. How, you ask, if everyone dies in the first one? Simple - a time machine! Not content to insult the legacy of Shakespeare's most famous play, Dana manages to offend virtually every sensibility in town.
But from Dana's madness comes greatness.Read more ›
In the film, Steve Coogan plays a wannabe actor who's done infomercials, commercials, and appeared as an extra in Xena and found his way as a drama teacher who unsuccessfully adapts hollywood films into plays. He lives with his girlfriend played by Catherine Keener and a border played by David Arquette, who has a couple good bits, but really has little to do in this film.
When Coogan discovers he has a large class and that his class is set to close due to funding cuts, he decides to write the outrageous Hamlet 2. Here's where people get confused. On one hand, it appears that this film is taking the turn of every high school film where the teacher inspires his students to do great things through his relentless pursuit of a goal. But in reality, it's lampooning them but doing through chracterization, which is why the film's so much fun. But if you didn't get it, wait for the DVD and watch again.
And of course, while the film is funny, it's uneven until you get to the play itself. Yes there's funny bits with Elizabeth Shue and brief interplay with Keener, Arquette, and Coogan, but as the play takes shape, we know it will inevitably take center stage. For the finale alone, the film is worth a watch as it's some of the most hilarious things I've seen on film in years, even if is borderline offensive. That's the point, right? My only major gripe is why on earth did Coogan have to use an American accent. He's such a funny Brit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this movie. It's satire, it's heart warming, and extremely funny!Published 12 days ago by Jean Marie
funny. Highly also recommend the Director/Writer commentary. Not sure how you would see it here, but it is on the DVD version.Published 19 days ago by STBeau
If this isn't one of the most under-rated, classic comedies of all time, I don't know what is. If you've had a crappy week -- and aren't easily offended, I would strongly recommend... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
There is so much wrong with this movie that it is so totally right. Dementedly Hilarious is an understatement, Steve Coogan shines in this comedy which is an equal opportunity... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ram Horn
My type of humor without a doubt. It has me singing the songs at work to the point people got curious enough to watch it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amber Cullins
I still can't figure out if the bad acting is ironic or not.Published 4 months ago by Devon James Childers
The DVD came as promised, and the seller was very courteous! Would definitely recommendPublished 4 months ago by Natalie Lips