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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.

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Andrew Fleming
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Cast

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hamlet 2 See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In Hamlet 2, the play within the movie, Hamlet forgives his father, but Hamlet has nothing for which to forgive his father in Shakespeare's play. If there's anyone Hamlet could forgive it's his father's murderers, Hamlet's mother and uncle. However, even though this could be a mistake on the Dana Marschz's part, he does prove himself knowledgeable of Hamlet, otherwise he wouldn't have been able to write a sequel. See more »

Quotes

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

References The Lake House (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Maniac
Written by Dennis Matkosky and Michael Sembello
Produced by Ralph Sall for Buleltproof Recording Company, Inc.
Performed by The Ralph Sall Experience
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This Movie Brightened My Day
9 August 2008 | by manny-97See all my reviews

I had to drive all the way from Palm Springs to Los Angeles to watch "Hamlet 2." Traffic drama notwithstanding, the 2-hour trek is all worth it! I laughed out loud watching this film, which is really a parody of a tragedy. Here are the pluses: Steve Coogan -- he anchors this film from start to finish. He embodies his optimistic loser role. And those great, broad physical comedy? Wow!

Catherine Keener -- only she can lift a one-dimensional role into a living, breathing, likable bitch :)

Elizabeth Shue -- I heard that she injected a lot of self-deprecating scenes into her role, very UN-Hollywood of her!

Musical Scenes -- it's ironic that the play, supposed to be the worst play ever, is the focal point and the bright, shining light of the film.

The "high school" cast -- they each embody stereotypes, and then collectively break through the norms of their roles.

And you know? This is not your "white teacher goes to the ghetto to teach the students life-affirming lessons" film. I applaud the movie for recognizing that, and going one step further.

Irreverent wit -- if you like the UN-PC qualities of South Park, you will love this film!

The only minuses I can think of are not enough character development, specially among the kids in school, and Keneer's twist, while predictable, still feels off-center and trite.

But trust me, you'll laugh and have a great time! I went to see "Hamlet 2" with a friend of mine who's not into the broad comedy genre and fell in love with the movie!

Honestly? The only folks who will hate this film are the ones who live in Tucson, Arizona :)


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