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Hamlet 2

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(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: R — for language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content
  • Director: Andrew Fleming   Cast: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
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Eric D. Eisner


Focus Features

Release Date

Aug 22, 2008

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Hamlet 2 is a fable of a failed actor (Steve Coogan) who becomes a failed high-school drama teacher and has his faith restored by a class of (initially) uncooperative ethnic minorities—a parody of Dangerous Minds. I’ve always had a soft spot for Andrew Fleming (Dick), whose rhythms are less pushy than other American comedy directors, sometimes winningly, sometimes to the point of flaccidity. This one is on the limp side but gets points for weirdness. Coogan’s mopiness is oddly riveting. And the inspirational climax, a musical extravaganza in which Hamlet goes through a portal in time and joins forces with Jesus, is so god-awful it is very nearly inspired.

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