Hamlet 2

2008

Hamlet 2

Critics Consensus

The script's biting premise and Steve Coogan's endearing, off-the-handle performance make Hamlet 2 an hysterical -- if slightly painful -- ride.

62%

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Total Count: 143

56%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 17,653
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Steve Coogan stars in the comedy Hamlet 2, which follows a drama teacher who tries to put together a production of "Hamlet 2" to rescue his high-school theater department. Catherine Keener co-stars in the Andrew Fleming-helmed production.

Cast

Steve Coogan
as Dana Marschz
Catherine Keener
as Brie Marschz
Amy Poehler
as Cricket Feldstein
Marshall Bell
as Mr. Rocker
Skylar Astin
as Rand Posin
Phoebe Strole
as Epiphany Sellars
Arnie Pantoja
as Vitamin J
Shea Pepe
as Noah Sapperstein
Nat Faxon
as Copy Store Clerk
Frank Bond
as Ron Kantor
Marco Rodriguez
as Mr. Marquez
Deborah Chavez
as Mrs. Marquez
Kevin Wiggins
as Policeman #1
Johnnie Hector
as Policeman #2
Josh Berry
as Mr. Mann
Margarita Wilder
as Julia de la Huerta
Evan Adrian
as Danny the Waiter
J.D. Garfield
as Man With Envelope
Mary Sue Evans
as Parent #1
Tomas Sanchez
as Parent #2
Mike Hatfield
as Man In Truck
John Hardman
as Old Dude
Stephen Eiland
as Scary Gang Banger
Cynthia Strauss
as Hysterical Woman
Will Gluck
as Man at Play #1
Tom Romero
as Man at Play #2
Jenny Gabrielle
as Prayer Girl
Todd Anderson
as Redneck Parent
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Audience Reviews for Hamlet 2

  • May 08, 2014
    "Rock me. Rock me sexy Jesus..." The irreverent indie comedy Hamlet 2 delivers some good laughs, but is uneven and lacks focus. The story follows a high school drama teacher who writes a musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet, but the controversy it creates soon puts the production in jeopardy. Starring Steve Coogan, Elisabeth Shue, Catherine Keener, and Amy Poehler, the film has a strong cast. But the script is weak, and does little to endure the audience to the characters or the play. Additionally, the comedy gets kind of raunchy at times and seems to be done only for shock value. Hamlet 2 is a problematic film that has some fun moments, but in the end it's too much of a mess.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2012
    Quite a weird comedy that sometimes tries too hard and the jokes don't come off but has a great central performance from Coogan. It's a little like the film 'Nativity' and like that film leads up to a great final show at the end with songs like 'Raped in the Face' and 'Rock me sexy Jesus' (gotta love those titles!). If you don't like Coogan then you'll hate this but if you're a fan of Partridge et al then you should check this out.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2012
    I went into this not expecting much... I was delightfully wrong. This film is outrageous enought to be funny and not too crude to be overly offensive. Steve Coogan plays a great part that I enjoyed. The wimp teacher turned bool guy. The young actors in this are really good as well.
    Joshua W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2011
    A failed-actor-turned-drama-teacher attempts to save his high school's drama program by putting on an original work called <i>Hamlet 2</i>. This film is goofy as shit. There's no other way to describe Steve Coogan's performance or the premise as a whole. The film constantly puts Coogan's character up for ridicule, and Coogan commits wholeheartedly to each wacky moment. And who would've thought that David Arquette could play the "strong" silent type? I've often wondered if a film about a character who has lost himself in movies would work, and in <i>Hamlet 2</i> it does only to the extent of screwball comedy. There is little in the way of dramatic tension, and I think your enjoyment of the film depends on your tolerance for goofiness. If nothing else, it's impossible to resist playing the sing-along version of "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" one more time.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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