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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.

Two other things that I have to mention are the cameo of Elizabeth Shue and the hit musical number “Rock Me Sexy Jesus.” Now I think I have pretty much covered all the basics of the film.

I would describe it as the lovechild that would come from the combination of High School Musical and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Comments (2)

They are remaking Rocky Horror Picture Show-Mtv is behind but Richard O'Brien, the creator, wants nothing to do with it. I am sad, and sick-where is original thought?

Mitchell it is so good to hear from you my friend. I am sorry that I haven't kept in better touch this summer. I will call/txt you this week.

In response to your comment I had heard that Mtv was doing that and it is a shame. I don't blame O'Brien for not wanting to be involved.

You ask where original thought has gone? It makes me think that writers just wait for a certain generation to get old enough not to care/realize and then the writers (supposed creative people) re-use all the same ideas on the original generation's children.

What comes to my mind is the recent release of a Breakfast Club themed/inspired JC Penny commercial. I will post a link for those that are not sure what I am talking about. The point is that the kids in that video are not even at an age where I think they would know what the Breakfast Club was or is...

This is the perfect example of the use of an iconic movie to sell clothing to people that may or may not even understand this reference. The question is are the people at JC Penny marketing to the kids or the parents?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWFsOkvGAug

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