A cinematic crusade.
One high school drama teacher is about to make a huge number 2.
From the same people that brought you "Little Miss Sunshine," Hamlet 2 is the story of Dana Marschz, a high school drama teacher facing the cancellation of his program. A spoof on the typical story of bringing inner city and privileged youth together to succeed, this offbeat comedy contains a hilarious musical finale.
Well we finally got a contract on the Cogerson house. That coupled with putting a contract on a new house...has not left much time to watch movies. My streak of watching a movie a day for the entire 2014 year will be really tested at the end of August...as I will be homeless for 6 days. Today was a challenge to watch a movie...as we started moving stuff to my mom's house...and when I finally got some free time...a storm came through and knocked out the power.
But with 90 minutes to spare I was able to watch Hamlet 2. In this one Steve Coogan plays a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher. When his school plays based on movies like Erin Brockovich and…
Smartly scripted comedy starring Steve Coogan as Dana Marschz, failed actor turned high school drama teacher, Dana spends his life trying to please his uninterested bitch of a wife (Catherine Keener) and the 13 year old editor of the school newspaper who is always slating his plays. He constantly wears jammie trousers and he roller-blades to work, he's basically one of life's looser's. When the head of the school threatens to close the drama department down Marschz decides to write an original play, Hamlet 2 is what he comes up with.
The film spoofs the likes of Dangerous Minds and Dead Poets Society, its genuinely funny and is anchored by a great performance from Coogan who is well supported by a colourful cast including Elizabeth Shue, Skylar Astin and Amy Poehler (who basically plays a potty mouthed version of Lesley Knope).
Also look out for the song 'Rock me Sexy Jesus', the film is worth watching for that alone.
One of those rare cases in which the sequel is better than the first instalment.
Mostly hit or miss throughout, but the play scenes are brilliant. Coogan is okay, though he should have used his normal accent. The supporting cast are all great, especially Nat Faxon and Skylar Astin (who really shines here).
As curios go, this one may end up as a major entry in Steve Coogan's movie career, even by his quite scattershot standards. Hamlet 2 is a strange beast - ostensibly a send-up of the classic 'coach makes a bunch of multi-ethnic kids from the wrong side of the tracks into a team' story we saw so much of in the 80's & 90's. Dangerous Minds through the lens of a terrible actor cum drama teacher. The problem is that Andrew Fleming's film plays it so straight, so earnest, at times it seems to forget quite *what* it's sending up and from where to mine a laugh. As a result, the final product can't help but feel lukewarm and not nearly…
Well, this was just crap. The only reason I wanted to watch this film was for two reasons:
- It was on BBC1 Saturday night (nothing else on)
- A vague recollection of seeing this being reviewed in Empire Magazine. The trouble was that the magazine belonged to a stranger on the Tube and I could only see it reading it over her shoulder. I could never finish it as I suddenly realised that madam had a very low cut top and although the cleavage was impressive, my police record was not and I had to quickly stop.
With this in mind, I thought, "well let's watch this". I saw Steve Coogan was in it and so I decided to…
What an unexpected surprise. For a title and premise so incredibly dumb, there is an endearing wackiness that pulsates through the conduit of Steve Coogan's character: an earnest loser whose failure to succeed is trumped only by his efforts to inspire and entertain. Also, Catherine Keener is VICIOUS in this movie and I love it.
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Catchy musical numbers? Lightsaber battle? Leslie Knope? Well done comedic conversations about racism against latinos? This movie achieved all of these and more. While I don't tend to enjoy or appreciate the cruder comedies, this one was pretty fabulous. The humor, while sometimes punching down, portrayed all characters and situations as laughable and ridiculous, while still somehow covering real subject matter before you realize it. Which sounds like a joke review, but it's real, man. It was nice to see Elisabeth Shue again, which was the long running gag of the movie. I understand it wasn't the point,…
A “you might like” title (something I’m beginning to dread more and more as they seem more miss than hit), this film is a very broad comedy about a fairly inept high school drama teacher who, emboldened by watching movies about high school teachers changing the lives of their students like “Dangerous Minds” and “Mr. Holland‘s Opus“, decides to lead his mismatched bunch of students in a play to help change their lives for the better. However, he only writes and stages plays based on pre-existing films. So he takes it upon himself to veer from his usual formula and write “Hamlet 2”, which combines elements of Hamlet, time travel, Jesus Christ, Star Wars, Broadway musicals. Oh, and Flashdance, all…
pretty funny movie but this character is a bit too silly for steve coogan. also the accent.
It is very hit or miss and Coogan definitely should've used his normal accent as I think we can all agree, but there is a real heart here, and I'm always a sucker for a movie about theater.
“I want to party with you, Jesus.”
HAMELT 2 definitely has aged very well. I found myself very moved by this hysterical film. I had so much respect for it when I first saw it, but with the second viewing I appreciated it more. We should be talking about HAMLET 2, all the time.
I laughed a lot, but, more importantly, I laughed with the film, instead of at it. This is the same kind of irreverent humour that Hot Rod did so well, and it's fit into a perfectly crafted satirical plotline. It's not only a spoof of the 'inspirational teacher' story - it's a mockery of it. It's a kind of meta-parody, in that Coogan is aware of all of the movies and continually attempts to make his story into one of them, and it works rather brilliantly.
Of course, it's also got some terrific bursts of creativity, like David Arquette's role, or Elisabeth Shue playing herself, or the entire play at the end. And the whole thing is played ultra-straight - from the music choices to the aesthetics - which makes it even funnier.
It's the rare comedy that combines off-the-wall humour with a genuine storyline, and it does it superbly. One of my favourite comedies of the year.
Admittedly the cynical and self-obsessed Steve Coogan is far superior to the goofy and self-obsessed Steve Coogan, but I did manage to get a few good laughs out of this, and the irony of it all wasn’t lost on me. However, I’d murder (not literally, of course) for another Tristram Shandy anytime.
Hamlet 2 can't nail down its tone; nothing in the film is really serious at all, but the rest of the movie isn't funny enough to really support that. There are certainly some hilarious moments - about half of Steve Coogan's shtick, anything with Elisabeth Shue - but those moments are pretty spread out.
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