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Hamlet 2 (2008)

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Hamlet 2 is a movie starring Steve Coogan, Elisabeth Shue, and Catherine Keener. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dana Marschz
... Brie Marschz
... Octavio
... Rand Posin
... Epiphany Sellers
... Ivonne
... Vitamin J
... Chuy
... Yolanda
... Principal Rocker
... Gary
... Elisabeth Shue
... Cricket Feldstein
Shea Pepe ... Noah Sapperstein
... 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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27 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perdendo a Noção  »

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Budget:

$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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Steve Coogan is also doing the narration. 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

Referenced in Tropic Thunder (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Coogan's US breakthrough - Refreshing Comedy!
30 August 2008 | by 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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