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  • Summary: Dana Marschz--the last name is pronounced...oh, any attempt is close enough, really--is a failed actor-turned-high school drama teacher. Shortchanged in the talent department, Dana still harbors ambitions and passions. At Tucson, AZ's West Mesa High School, Dana sees himself as an inspirational teacher, but when his department is targeted for closure, Dana must reach deep into himself for creativity. After much perspiration, he conceives a sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet - a musical-theater extravaganza that will disdain both political correctness and dramatic credibility. With rehearsals underway, objections from school officials and the community are soon raised, but Dana will not be denied his freedom of artistic expression. After all, "to thine own self be true." Dana gets unexpected support from ACLU attorney Cricket Feldstein and his favorite actress, Elisabeth Shue. Above all else, he fervently believes that his opus must be staged, and nothing can break his optimistic spirit. (Focus Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. As a movie, Hamlet 2 is lively, energetically daft, and very, very scrappy -- a broader, more loony-tunes knockoff of "Waiting for Guffman."
  2. 75
    The movie is an ideal showcase for the talents of Coogan.
  3. 70
    Coogan's screen persona is vain, dim, angry, and deeply miserable, and his handful of scenes here with a smilingly harsh Catherine Keener are little masterpieces of comic sadomasochism.
  4. Not infrequently the movie is as mediocre as its target. The great Steve Coogan movie has yet to be made.
  5. Let's just say that, when the parody looks indistinguishable from the parodied, something's gone awry.
  6. 50
    Not nearly as uproarious as it should be.
  7. 12
    The laughs begin with the excellent title Hamlet 2 - and they end there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Sep 25, 2010
    10
    Beats hand down most of the hyped independent comedies! Very intelligent, very funny! A real gem! The negative reviews are probably from the Friedberg-Seltzer crowd. Go figure. Expand

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