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Hamlet 2 (2008)

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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.


Andrew Fleming
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Coogan ... Dana Marschz
Catherine Keener ... Brie Marschz
Joseph Julian Soria ... Octavio
Skylar Astin ... Rand Posin
Phoebe Strole ... Epiphany Sellers
Melonie Diaz ... Ivonne
Arnie Pantoja ... Vitamin J
Michael Esparza ... Chuy
Natalie Amenula ... Yolanda
Marshall Bell ... Principal Rocker
David Arquette ... Gary
Elisabeth Shue ... Elisabeth Shue
Amy Poehler ... Cricket Feldstein
Shea Pepe Shea Pepe ... Noah Sapperstein
Marco Rodríguez ... Mr. Marquez


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perdendo a Noção See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$439,925, 22 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,881,867, 28 September 2008
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Skylar Astin's first appearance in a movie. See more »


When Brie Marschz (Catherine Keener) and Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) are arguing in the Mexican restaurant in the middle of their argument, the margarita glass disappears when the camera cuts to Catherine and returns when the camera cuts back to Dana. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: To act is to live.
[followed by a commercial for "Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer"]
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References The Bourne Identity (2002) See more »


The Look of Love (Part One)
Written by Mark White (as Mark Andrew White), Martin Fry, Stephen Singleton, David Palmer (as David Gerald Palmer)
Performed by ABC
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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A brilliant comedy
31 December 2008 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

The satire is my favourite type of comedy because it is a tool for saying interesting things using intelligence and,of course,humor.Unfortunately,on recent years,that difficult type of comedy has been used by stupid filmmakers in some of the most intolerable "comedies" from this decade,like Date Movie,Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans.But,we never have to loose our hope,because there will always be some occult joys in the satire sub-genus,like now Hamlet 2.This is an excellent comedy which goes much more far away than making us laugh,pointing obvious things on an original way and giving important messages about people.This hilarious comedy makes a satire of a movie genre which has always existed but which has had a kind of resurrection in the last years : the teacher who finds a way to inspire on his students the intellect,the self-love and other aspects.But the great screenplay does not stop there because its acid and critic style also examines on a very funny way,aspects like the politic,the popular culture and the religion.The excellent comedian Steve Coogan has not found popularity outside his native England (Hollywood has wasted his big talent with small roles in films like Tropic Thunder and Night at the Museum).But,on this movie,Coogan is not wasted at all and he brings a magnificent performance,making his character very memorable.On the supporting cast,we have solid performances from Elisabeth Shue,Skylar Astin and the great Catherine Keener.The only fail I found on this movie is the ending,which was a little bit abrupt by my point of view.In spite of that minor fail,Hamlet 2 is an excellent comedy which is very entertaining and brutally incisive.One of the best movies from 2008.

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