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DVD of the Day #30 - Hamlet 2

It’s too bad so much of the hype and controversy over this film was only about the song “Rock me Sexy Jesus.” Granted that is a fun song with a wacky Grease-esque dance number, but there’s a lot more to the movie than that. it’s is both a a parody of the “Teacher saves and enlightens a class of misfits” and also an affirmation of that genre.

Poor Mr. Dana Marschz, played by TV’s Alan Partridge (Don’t worry Americans - you probably shouldn’t know who that is). All he wanted to do was act…but he wasn’t very good, so he’s reduced to working for minimum wage as a High School drama teacher where he converts bad movies like Erin Brockavich and The Lake House into plays. His wife is a better drunk, his roommate is a mostly mute ex-WCW World Heavyweight Champion David Arquette (Which makes this his best acting job ever!) and only two students even remotely like or respect him. Cue some budget cuts which brings in some disadvantaged latinos into one of the only remaining electives and bam, it’s like that movie about that one teacher who teaches nogoodniks AP Calculus.

Then Dana is convinced that he should write a wholly original play, which is the titled Hamlet 2. Yes, it really is a sequel to Hamlet, arguably the greatest play ever written in the English Language. It stars Jesus, Hamlet and a time machine and the theme of the play is about forgiving one’s father for their sins and also that tragedy can be avoided because you know, it’s just SO SAD.

What follows is a movie aboput censorship, how America’s heavily flawed education systems prefers to teach conformity and how to blend in to the sheep rather than expresisng oneself or striving for your dreams even in the face of ridicule.

Hamlet 2 is a funny little film but it can be a bit bland at times. Dana is a pathetic almost unlikeable character and as he is your protagonist, it’s hard to care about him. The supporting cast is pretty two-dimensional and the only thing that saves this movie is that when it’s funny, it’s VERY FUNNY. If you can accept that the movie isn’t actually religiously blasphemy and is actually fairly nice to Jesus, you can probably sit through this movie once to say you’ve seen it and to have a good laugh. I’ll probably be keeping this simply because for when other people come over because right now. I’m the only person I know that has seen this.

Is It Worth keeping? Depends. Could go either way.
Rating: 5.5/10

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