Hamlet 2 (2008)...
I have had the good fortune of being able to actually see several movies over the past week in the theater! It may sound like a thing of the past with the availability of bootleg films online, but I am one those people that occasionally still likes to go to the movie theater for the full on cinema experience. Not to mention the fact that not all the films I want to see are available on those bootleg websites anyway.
Hamlet 2 was one of the movies I had a chance to go see. I opted for the matinee because I am trying to remain financially conscientious these days (considering I am still un-employed). To my surprise the 5:30pm showing of the film drew a crowd of three people total and that included me. I had only recently seen a preview for the film, but something about it spoke to me. For those who have not heard of Hamlet 2 I will provide a brief synopsis:
"A failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet." - IMDB
Overall I thought the movie was impressive and will no doubt speak to anyone that has ever been involved in low budget community or high school theater groups. There are also a lot of great one liners filled with crudeness that actually works to make the movie funnier. Although I wish we would have gotten to see more of Amy Poehler she did have this memorable line:
"I would love it if you hit me because I am married to a Jew and I got nothing to lose." - Cricket Feldstein
Catherine Keener who is another one of my favorites had some pretty good lines as well. That may have been due to the fact that her character drunk in almost every scene. In total the movie reminded me of a sadistically twisted version of the teen sensation High School Musical. It is amazing that now we have movies about kids putting on a play (ie: High School Musical) which have yielded parodies of movies about kids putting on a play (Hamlet 2).
In the same way that schools across the nation are doing there own productions of High School Musical I foresee the same thing happening to Hamlet 2. It will likely be picked up by independent non-school affiliated theater groups because of its adult content. But never the less it will no doubt be replicated.
I would describe it as the lovechild that would come from the combination of High School Musical and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.