Hamlet 2 (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  27 August 2008 (USA)
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In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.


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Dana Marschz is a failed actor and recovering alcoholic who's moved to Tucson to teach high school drama, where he's plagued by bad reviews, student indifference, budget woes (he and his wife, who is trying to get pregnant, take in a boarder), and his own teaching limitations. Because the other electives are closed, he finds himself with a large class of seeming gang-bangers, and the principal informs him that drama will be cut next trimester. On the advice of a student reviewer, Dana decides to stage his own play, a sequel to "Hamlet" in which the prince and Jesus, with the use of a time machine, try to save Gertrude and Ophelia. Can Dana for once pull something off? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One high school drama teacher is about to make a huge number 2


Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perdendo a Noção  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$439,925 (USA) (22 August 2008)


$4,881,867 (USA) (26 September 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Written by Ralph Sall
Performed by All Too Much
Produced by Ralph Sall for Bulletproof Recording Company, Inc.
Courtesy of Bulletproof Recording Company, Inc.
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Good "Off the Wall" Type of Comedy
8 September 2008 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed Steve Coogan's performance earlier this Summer in "Tropic Thunder", where he played a supporting role as the hapless movie director, and many of his earlier works.

In "Hamlet 2", he plays the lead role, as a high school drama teacher in Tucson, AR, where he is trying to teach his under-achieving students acting, without much success. The movie begins with a school play rendition of "Erin Brockovich", which was unintentionally hilarious. The drama critic for the school newspaper panned the play, which drives Coogan nuts. The interaction between Coogan & the drama critic is one of the high points of the film. The critic looks like he's about 11 years old, but Coogan hangs on his every word. After providing some sage advice to Coogan, the critic excuses himself to "go clean the gerbil cage". Then the school principal informs Coogan that funding for his drama program has been ended, and he'll need to find a new job. Coogan comes up with the idea to save the program by putting on a brilliant new play, written by himself, called "Hamlet 2".

There were many scenes that were excellent and hilarious. Elizabeth Shue had a major role (playing herself), which was very funny.

If you've seen Steve Coogan comedies before, such as "24 Hour Party People" or "Tristam Shandy", you are familiar with his brand of humor. If you liked that sort of movie, you'll like this. Even if you didn't care for either of those films, you might want to take a chance anyway. It's a clever comedy & well worth checking out.

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