Directed by Andrew Fleming
A failed drama teacher tries to save his department.
Hamlet 2 is stupid, fun, and “very, very scrappy,” said Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly. Brit comic Steve Coogan plays a failed actor and deluded high school drama teacher who conceives an ambitious production to save his department. His vision: Hamlet 2, a rock musical to enliven Shakespeare’s “bummer” of a play. Wackily written by Pam Brady and director Andrew Fleming, the film is a “broader, more loony-tunes knockoff of Waiting for Guffman.” It can be “dementedly hilarious,” but mostly is a showcase for Coogan’s “riotous, beyond-shame theatrics.” Hamlet 2 “belongs to the school of free-for-all satiric farce,” said Stephen Holden in The New York Times. Coogan’s dimwitted character exists primarily to be the “butt of the movie’s contemptuous humor,” as actors and director let fly every harebrained idea they can think of and watch to see what works. The title alone should reveal that this is an “off-the-wall comedy that will try anything once,” said Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times. Hamlet 2 might be a messy film, but its “hits are so dead-on that the misses don’t seem to matter.”
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