Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
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, 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…
With every watch, this little movie continues to impress and tickle me. There's an odd warmth radiating from its loins. I want more... "Hamlet 3: Hamlet Harder," "Hamlet 4: Green Eggs & Hamlet"
Hamlet 2 climaxes with the titular play, a production conceived, written, and starring Steve Coogan's pathetic drama teacher, Dana. The play is a misguided, tonally schizophrenic, pretentious piece of utter garbage that throws absolutely anything that popped fleetingly into its creator's head onstage, with no rhyme and even less reason. Watching this travesty of the theatrical arts, I started to wonder if the play was some sort of ingenious meta-commentary on the hour of cinema that preceded it (or perhaps it was vice versa.) We are subjected to an hour of film that manages to dig itself a veritable graveyard of forced drama and uninspired comedy. The film is an absolute trainwreck and the performance of the fictitious play is like a nesting doll reenactment, unfolding in real time.
Even if that was the filmmakers' admittedly audacious intention, it still fucking sucked.
Fuck this movie in the face.
Half for Steve's genitals. Half for Rock Me Sexy Jesus.
A truly odd piece and quite uncomfortable watching a normally more assured Coogan struggling to get anything from this at all and apart from the performance of the play and it's couple of funny songs it's got nothing else with barely any laughs or an original enough story to keep the interest despite its short running time.
Hamlet 2 is completely ridiculous, like seriously it's just so completely off the wall it comes full circle from parody to stupidity several times over.
Regardless I loved it.
Steve Coogan's body off work has never really appealed to me but there is something about his performance here that just gelled with me. Perhaps it's that he appears to be having an absolute blast as eccentric drama teacher, which rubs off on the audience.
I was a little disappointed that Skylar Astin featured so little because since Pitch Perfect he has won me over.
I mean there is a song called "Raped in the Face" and my personal favourite "Rock, Me Sexy Jesus". What's not to like?
This is the best comedy/tragedy (never) made! Steve Coogan is an incredibly interesting character that delivers quirky humour with a raunchy bite. Although the supporting cast of youngsters does not quite deliver as much as Coogan does, the film pulls through with a satisfying narrative that delivers rewarding morals and ridiculous laughs.
This might be the best comedy I've seen about having been molested as a child. I don't think there's much competition for that title.
It lags till it actually gets to the eponymous play within the play. Once there, the movie is pretty good.
I was at a vinyl/books/DVD market today and I picked up Hamlet 2. It's got Steve Coogan and Amy Poehler in it; it's produced by the people who made Little Miss Sunshine; it somehow involves the co-writer of the South Park movie and Team America. Be honest with me... you'd be intrigued, wouldn't you?
But all the way home, I had this nagging feeling... with all that comedy muscle behind it, it should be brilliant, right? But it was released in 2008 - surely if it even halfway lived up to its potential, I'd have heard about it before now? Or is it an undiscovered gem? Please be an undiscovered gem...
It is not. There are two main issues: one…
Excellent comedy with the final setpiece of the "show" being nothing short of superb. Rock me Sexy Jesus!
Not nearly as funny as it could have been. Elizabeth Shue playing herself IS admittedly funny. The 'Rock Me Jesus' number is the highlight. Coogan is overbearing at times. Like an SNL skit that ran too long.
I don't know if I'd say it's a great movie, but man does it make me crack up every time I watch it. Steve Coogan is pure nutso comedy greatness in this movie. The story is hilarious. It's well worth a watch if you're looking for silly laughs.
Fuck this movie in the face.
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