Hamlet 2

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I haven’t done Hamlet 2 before have I?? I’m pretty sure not so without further ado…

If the idea of a song entitled “Rock Me Sexy, Jesus” makes you squirm, don’t watch this movie.  On the other hand, if the idea of that same song conjures up thoughts of a warped version of “Godspell”, then at the very least watch the last 20 minutes of this film.  Or just watch this clip to get a taste!

“Hamlet 2” started out big and went nowhere.  It sold for $10 million to Focus Features at Sundance in 2008, almost beating out the record set by “Little Miss Sunshine” (sold at $10.5 million).  Unfortunately, “Hamlet 2” brought in roughly less than half of what it was sold for.  It just goes to prove that even if you’re quirky, that doesn’t always equal success.

It’s also unfortunate that it’s not hard to see why “Hamlet 2” did so poorly.  Part of it was the hype and the nifty trailers which made the film out to be THE NEXT BIG THING, ergo when people actually watched it, they were more disappointed than if there’d been no hype.  Basically it’s two hours of nothing.  Now there have been movies that have done nothing well (for example “Empire Records”).  But Hamlet 2 failed in its quest.  It’s not all bad though.

Amy Poehler, je t'adore!

Amy Poehler, je t’adore!

Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) is a failed actor turned high school drama teacher who still dreams of hitting the big time.  Instead he’s stuck in a dead end town where a total of two students take his class.  To satisfy his “creativity”, Marschz stages two person play of movies (such as “Erin Brokavich”).  To add to his lackluster life, he is also tormented by a theater reviewer, who appears to be about 9 years old.  Doesn’t get much worse than this, folks.  Then comes the day when Marschz comes to work only to find his class filled to the brim with students!  The movie takes a “Dangerous Minds” turn (in a WAY less serious and dramatic way) and with the school threatening to take away his class (his one reason for living), Marschz writes, directs and produces “Hamlet 2”.

SO MUCH DAMN POTENTIAL!!

SO MUCH DAMN POTENTIAL!!

So where’s the bad?  Part of it is the awkwardness of the movie.  It’s not cute awkward like Michael Cera, it’s at times uncomfortably awkward.  Scenes drag and you find yourself checking your watch to see how much time has passed only to find that it’s been 10 seconds since you last checked.

And where’s the good?  Well, David Arquette has a role where he speaks approximately 10 words. Elisabeth Shue is hilarious as herself.  And obviously the best part of all is the staging of “Hamlet 2”, featuring “Rock Me Sexy, Jesus”.  It’s a rockin’, irreverent good time!

Up to you, dear reader, which way you’d like to go with this one.  It’s no “Terror Toons” but it’s no “Little Miss Sunshine” either.

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I'm a Z movie loving, horror hound, Buffy quoting, Dr. Who watching, geekazoid and seeker of all things unusual. I'm a gypsy wanderer, lover of words, Wendy of the damned and all that jazz. What can I say? I'm complicated.

Posted on 2013.2.April, in American Cinema, Musicals and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Yeah dude–this was disappointing. But I still think about that “raped in the face” song with puzzlement a lot so I guess that’s something?

  2. Hmm… I’ve been curious about this since IMDb (for some reason) keeps throwing it into its recommendations for films to watch. But it sounds like it’s a film that has one or two good jokes, but isn’t good throughout… am I reading you right on that?

    • That was definitely my take on it. There were so many things that I thought would’ve just been fabulous but somehow they didn’t make it so. I also think this might be like Christopher Guest’s stuff – it tends towards love or hate but not much in between, you know?

  3. From the trailer… It’s too slapstick… but the I think you spoiled it for me. ~_~

  4. I do love Steve Coogan so might have to check this out :)

  5. Amy Poehler equals EPIC WIN, I love this actress and haven’t seen her in enough things. Great review as always mate!!! :-D

  6. I wasn’t going to watch this and now I still won’t.

  7. This has always looked like a movie I would HATE MORE THAN ANYTHING!!!

  8. Ha ha Oh, no mistylayne, you didn’t spoil me that way. I trust your review, and even if I haven’t seen the movie, I’m already biased . That’s what I mean. ^__^

  9. It’s been forever since I’ve seen the movie but is this little gem the one where we see a crotch shot of Steve Coogan? *shudders* :)

  10. This is a movie I’ve wanted to see for a while. I have no idea why.

  11. Good review and awesome sight, I am now following. I recently started my own film blog and would love for you to check it out.

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