Hamlet 2 (2008)



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

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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.
R (for language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content)
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Steve Coogan
as Dana Marschz
Catherine Keener
as Brie Marschz
Amy Poehler
as Cricket Feldstein
Elisabeth Shue
as Herself
Marshall Bell
as Mr. Rocker
Melonie Diaz
as Ivonne
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
Deborah Chavez
as Mrs. Marquez
Kevin Wiggins
as Policeman #1
Johnnie Hector
as Policeman #2
Steve Corona
as Horace
Aaron Shriver
as Virgil
Josh Berry
as Mr. Mann
Margarita Wilder
as Julia de la Huerta
Evan Adrian
as Danny the Waiter
Tomas Sanchez
as Parent #2
Mike Hatfield
as Man In Truck
John Hardman
as Old Dude
Stephen Eiland
as Scary Gang Banger
Will Gluck
as Man at Play #1
Jenny Gabrielle
as Prayer Girl
Todd Anderson
as Redneck Parent
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Critic Reviews for Hamlet 2

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (41)

For anyone who ever took drama in High School, Coogan's character will surely ignite memories of quirky, even downright crazy teachers you may have encountered over the years.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

The funniest Shakespearean sequel since Richard IV.

November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Oddly, what's supposed to be a great comedy about a bad play is in fact a bad comedy about a play that looks pretty frigging amazing

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
I.E. Weekly
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A high school musical that would make John Waters proud.

Full Review… | August 28, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

[A] dazzling little comedy.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Not since Death of a Salesman has failure been quite so entertaining.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Wall Street Journal
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Audience Reviews for Hamlet 2

Pretty stupid, but okay for something light. Few laughs among the bad taste.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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 Wilburn
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

A failed-actor-turned-drama-teacher attempts to save his high school's drama program by putting on an original work called Hamlet 2. 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 Hamlet 2 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 Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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