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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

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Comedy | Music

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

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27 August 2008 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$4,881,867 (USA) (26 September 2008)
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After Principal Rocker kicks Dana off campus when they break in, we see a shot of the article written in the school newspaper. What Dana reads a few seconds later is not what is written. The article reads, (grammatically incorrectly), "What about about could possibly offend Principal Rocker to such a degree? Or is offense the offense at all? Selective ignorance is a dangerous commodity. As Roland Barthes tells us, textually and novelistic neutrality may coalesce. Rocker obviously suffers from a case of transposed aggression and questions of self worth. The symbolic nature of his actions show as Jung would point male aggression without release breeds anti intellectual action. Rocker could not possible comprehend the ramifications of transposed aggression and questions of self worth. ..." See more »

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In the newspaper clipping, "The Price of Free Speech", (38:20) the prose is complete gobbledegook. See more »

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Dana Marschz: Oh my god, writing is so hard!
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References Leaving Las Vegas (1995) See more »

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Nessun Dorma - Turandot
Written by Giuseppe Adami (as Adami), Renato Simoni (as Simoni), and Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini)
Performed by Lotte Schöne with the Berlin State Opera
Courtesy of Boosey and Hawkes on behalf of Nimbus Records
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Coogan's US breakthrough - Refreshing Comedy!
30 August 2008 | by (Pennsylvania, United States) – See all my reviews

Damn. This was funny. I love Steve Googan from all his UK performances ans finally he was given a proper vehicle to make US audiences laugh out loud. What made this so funny was its satire of traditional dramatic elements in movies (Stand and Deliver, etc), as well as its blatant parody of the quickly burned out "Indie Darling" comedies like "Little Miss Sunshine" et al. Sure, the finale's song wasn't the best of the lot (although I still find myself singing it over a week later!) but the rest of the gags and songs (especially the "Face" song!) were classic.

It was refreshing to see a screwball comedy that doesn't rely on toilet humor or "realistic" scenarios to drive a joke home. This was just pure silly fun, ans Coogan can pull that off with the best of them, if not better.


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