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Hamlet 2

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One high school drama teacher is about to make a huge number 2 in this wildly irreverent and completely outrageous movie from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine! When his school’s theater department is threatened to be cut, failed-actor-turned-high-school-drama-teacher Dana Marschz writes a play that he hopes will solve everything: a sequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Now, staging one of the most politically incorrect musical-theater extravaganzas ever seen, Dana and his class will put it all on the line for one controversial, conflicted night of hilarity!

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Just when it seems as if things can't get any worse for high-school drama teacher Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan), he quips, "My life is a parody of a tragedy." Yet that very ability to laugh in the face of defeat will allow this failed actor to triumph over adversity. A lovably ridiculous dreamer like Waiting for Guffman’s Corky St. Clair, Marschz lives in Tucson with his sarcastic wife (Catherine Keener) and their silent boarder (David Arquette). Though he tries to inspire, like Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland's Opus, only two students (Spring Awakening’s Skylar Astin and Phoebe Strole) share his passion for theatrics. When the principal decides to eliminate his department, Marschz makes a bold move: he writes an original play, lets the class contribute their own unique talents, and puts the whole thing on as a fundraiser (they'll need to bring in $6,000). Sure, everyone dies at the end of Shakespeare's classic, but in Marschz’s musical sequel, Hamlet 2, a time machine allows the Danish prince to turn back the clock to set things right. Just as his production starts to take shape and retired actress Elisabeth Shue (played by Shue) offers her support, his marriage hits the rocks, he starts drinking again, and the community protests against numbers like "Rock Me Sexy Jesus." (Amy Poehler portrays his ACLU attorney.) Though Andrew Fleming’s comedy follows the usual inspirational instructor trajectory, ribald humor helps the medicine go down and Coogan gives his most unhinged performance since Tristram Shandy. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


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Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making Number 2
  • Oscar Winner vs. High School Drama Class
  • Sing Along with Hamlet 2
  • Audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Andrew Fleming and Co-Writer Pam Brady

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    • Actors: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, David Arquette, Amy Poehler, Marshall Bell
    • Directors: Andrew Fleming
    • Writers: Andrew Fleming, Pam Brady
    • Producers: Eric Eisner, Aaron Ryder, Leonid Rozhetskin
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      R
      Restricted
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2008
    • Run Time: 92 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001IOQWA4
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Hamlet 2" on IMDb

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    By Ed Uyeshima HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 8, 2008
    Format: Theatrical Release
    I kept flashing back to Christopher Guest's hilarious 1997 mockumentary, Waiting for Guffman, as I was watching this raucous 2008 comedy, and in this case, that turns out to be high praise. Directed and co-written in ramshackle fashion by Andrew Fleming (whose most prominent credits include the 2003 remake of The In-Laws and an episode of Arrested Development), this wacky concoction mixes broad slapstick, harmless raunch, and politically incorrect humor with a heavy, tongue-in-cheek dose of Dangerous Minds (referred to in the film) and every other cliché-driven movie about a schoolteacher who serves to inspire his students. The result is something of a mess when it comes to telling a coherent story, but it's also an infectious movie that had me laughing heartily during most of its 92-minute running time. It comes as no surprise that Fleming's writing partner is Pam Brady, who is most famous for producing and writing several episodes of South Park, as well as the 1999 movie version, South Park - Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The similarities are quite apparent.

    The plot is predictably absurd and rather inspired.
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    I have seen this movie three or four times now and it just gets funnier. Maybe it's because I live in Tucson, the deserving butt of many of Hamlet 2's jokes. Steve Coogan's portrayal of Marszt (a self-described "parody of a tragedy") as a complicated, oblivious, endearing and weirdly inspiring character (who rollerskates) is almost miraculous, and his ball-baring high-kick totally destroys me. Katherine Keener, as always, is fantastic as his horrid wife. This film is smart and literate without being smarmy, and loaded with incredible sight gags and one-liners. This is one of those rare comedies that aspires to be both funny and emotionally compelling, and succeeds. (Another film that I think of is "Observe and Report.")

    Just to give you an idea of my sense of humor, there's a nudity warning, but as you know, in this day and age male butts are never not funny, whereas "raunchy comedy" genre boobs are generally not funny. I don't know which ding-dong decided naked young women were an essential ingredient for laughter, but they forgot that women make up a majority of the population, and we simply are not amused by T&A. (No, I don't mind admitting that I'm a woman who thinks T&A is stupid, anti-funny, and anti-woman and I know I'm not the only one who thinks so). There is no gratuitous T or A in this film, and if you pause it on the high-kick, you really can't see testicles (we've tried). But you just know they're there in that vague fleshy space, which makes it funnier. Definitely not a "Basic Instinct" moment in that scene, or any of the numerous scenes in which Coogan's other end makes an appearance. Let's just say the character's butt has symbolic meaning and is necessary to our understanding of his situation, which makes his bare a** intrinsically NOT gratuitous. :) Personally, I don't find the "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" skit offensive, but somebody might, even though, thematically, this story is all about redemption and forgiveness.
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    I am a professional actor (stage, TV and film) and a substitute high school teacher. I am also a script writer and "script doctor." Physical comedy is my mainstay in theater. Just off the top of my head: Steve Coogan is a superb physical actor (his drunk on roller skates is unbeatable) He is well within range of Buster Keaton's world. The writing is smart, well-paced, knowledgable about teen-agers, and surprisingly free of salacious humor that usually begs for the lowest common denominator these days. (If all this sounds like too much praise for a film comedy, then you haven't seen enough trash onscreen!) Loved it. D. Harscheid
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    Steve Coogan plays his character with such naivete and pure love for theatrical arts, you can't help but dig him. The entire cast is up to the challenge of playing into his character that the film becomes more about embracing one person's passion no matter how awful you think it might be because you are satisfying the end result - art for art's sake. And in the end, they pull it off.

    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.
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    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 offender. The most non PC high school musical you'll ever have the pleasure of watching, if you're uptight do not watch this movie, if you are easily offended do not watch this movie, if you Love movies that push the edge of what society thinks is appropriate, Then By All Means Don't Delay And Watch This Movie you will not be disappointed. The acting is great the comedy is nonstop and the musical numbers are fabulous. Enjoy.
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