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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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
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Around 1:02, Dana Marschz says "My life is a parody of a tragedy." Despite his intentions, his play, Hamlet 2, is effectively a parody of a tragedy. See more »

Goofs

When the drama students are forbidden to stage their play on school property, they move the show to a warehouse used for raves because promoters won't be using it because they are at Burning Man Festival in Nevada. But the play supposedly takes place near end of traditional school year (May or June) and Burning Man always takes place on Labor Day, in September. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: To act is to live.
[followed by a commercial for "Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer"]
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Connections

Features Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Move Your Groove
Written by Ralph Sall
Performed by Interstellar Force
Produced by Ralph Sall for Bulletproof Company, Inc.
Courtesy of Bulletproof Recording Company, Inc.
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Delightful, understated, FUNNY comedy
17 May 2008 | by thegregkSee all my reviews

Ah, how refreshing to find a comedy that isn't just gross-out gags, sentimental chick flick trash, or predictable Hollywood tripe... while Hamlet 2 isn't brilliant, and it isn't the funniest thing I've seen ever, it certainly carries its own, and this is largely in part due to Steve Coogan's performance.

Coogan is amazing as the fruity drama teacher who's life is falling apart. His shows are getting panned by a snarky underclassman, his marriage is falling apart, and he is totally uninspired. Through a series of events, he has an all-out crisis, but in a clever switch on the teacher inspires the students genre (Stand and Deliver, Higher Education), the students rally in their own way to help him create his masterpiece - Hamlet 2.

Hamlet 2 is ferociously politically incorrect, and this leads to the principal and some members of the community to try to close down the show, the ACLU (Amy Poehler!) gets involved, and the final performance of the show is a little bit mind blowing... ah, Sexy Jesus.

Yes, this is stuff we've all seen before, but Coogan's performance and his supporting cast, along with solid writing make this a Hollywood comedy that is actually funny.

Since it doesn't have any big stars, and it is a bit atypical, Hamlet 2 will probably fall by the wayside, but don't miss it if you've got the chance - there is hope for comedy yet!


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USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$439,925, 24 August 2008

Gross USA:

$4,886,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,925,288
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