Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead

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Living in the back room of his father's doctors office, broke, frustrated ladies man Julian (Jake Hoffman)scores his big break when he lands the job directing an off Broadway version of Hamlet. Except it's a bizarre adaptation written by a pale Romanian impresario named Theo(John Ventimiglia) who is actually a master vampire! Theo hopes to lure the real Hamlet (Kris Lemche) out of hiding so the two can end a centuries long feud over Shakespeare's Ophelia. Meanwhile, Julian pines for his ex-girlfriend, Anna (Devon Aoki) who is dating a Mobster Bobby Bianchi (Ralph Macchio) intent on creating the next great invention - "Whack a Germ". Added into the mix is a dimwitted Detective (Jeremy Sisto), the Holy Grail, the Rosicrucian Society, a bunch of Sexy Vamps, God and a score by Sean Lennon and you've got the perfect mix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Terry Gilliam, Dude Where's My Car and Woody Allen all in one fantastic film! -- (C) Indican

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Critic Reviews for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

  • Starts off feeling clever and original but turns silly and diffused as its convoluted story spins out.

    Jul 16, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • All of the riffs are twice and thrice removed, but the effect is lively rather than tiresome, largely on the strength of game performances, Sean Lennon's atmospheric score, and writer/director Jordan Galland's clear affection for his sources.

    Jun 15, 2010 | Full Review…
  • A toothless satire whose targets include vampire mania, low-rent theater, indie romantic comedies, Scorsese, Shakespeare and Law & Order, it plays like a Web series expanded to feature length.

    Jun 4, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This loopy farce has the feel of a wacky off-off-Broadway play with more energy than wit, but it has its moments.

    Jun 4, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Will you ever see another film in which Hamlet's name is screamed histrionically in a fake Egyptian desert?

    Jun 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead is one sly slice of the ridiculous.

    Apr 22, 2010

    Dennis Harvey

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Audience Reviews for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead

  • Dec 12, 2011
    A vampire hires a low-rent director to direct a version of Hamlet involving vampires and the Holy Grail. Aside from being frightfully dull, uneven, and genuinely unfunny, this film suffers from the construction of the main character, played by Jake Hoffman, who is so disaffected that it is almost impossible to sympathize with him. And the love story is poorly developed; what the connection between these two is or how they resolve their conflicts remains a mystery. The story attempts to be a satire - I think - of off-off-Broadway, avant garde theater. The film contends that anything will fly in these venues, and that's true to some degree, but there's nothing funny about this thesis, and it's not presented in an original way. Shadow of the Vampire was far scarier and clearer in its barbs. Overall, this film is a boring, unfunny chore to watch.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2011
    Pretty entertaining, though kinda weird and confusing at times. Sometimes the humor works, sometimes it doesn't, however. To be fair, when it works, it can be really funny, and even when it doesn't work, it's not too bad (I've seen films fail far worse in this department). Jake Hoffman is pretty good in the lead role, but Devon Aoki really steals the spotlight. On a side note, though his character is kinda weird in the beginning, Ralph Macchio did a great job overall is his supporting role. I like the ending sequence of the film, but unfortunately, the middle section kinda feels rushed...I really wish more time was spent on the play, and more to the point, on developing some of the characters. While the two main characters are pretty well fleshed out, there's a ton of other characters in this film (a good amount of whom are really important to the storyline) that aren't fleshed out enough in my opinion. Still entertaining though.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2010
    A hilarious premise is totally squandered in this self-consciously quirky comedy about a theater director who is hired to direct a production of "Hamlet" by a centuries old vampire who is actually the original Horatio, and is on a quest to find and destroy the original Hamlet, who has been curing vampires of their affliction for hundreds of years with the Holy Grail. Hampered by a painfully unfunny script, lackluster performances, and amateur level direction, "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead" is one of the worst films of the year.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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