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Hamlet 2 [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IOQWA4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,171 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hamlet 2 ~ Hamlet 2

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
"Hamlet 2" is a film split between heading in two directions.

The best sections are where Steve Coogan (putting aside his questionable American accent) plays a failed actor in the middle of a nervous breakdown, with endless issues and immature reactions to problems leading to some great farce. It's a comedy about censorship, controversy and freedom of speech, but most importantly in parts it's really funny. If "Team America World Police" and "Jerry Springer The Opera" are things you like, put this on your list.

Then on the other hand it also tries too hard to be a 'feelgood' movie. It panders a little too much to its potential critics (ironic given what the story's supposed to be about) and stops short of causing any real offence the way something like a South Park movie does. It's an angry satire with its nails clipped. There are just a few too many slapstick pratfalls and not quite enough gags.

That said it's worth spending 80 minutes on just for some of the performances. Steve Coogan as always does a great job. Amy Poehler has a star turn as the letigious lawyer constantly looking to sue everyone and Catherine Keener is a great comedy alcoholic.

Not perfect, a little too soft in parts, but pretty funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Horn on 29 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
...seriously.

This film totally passed me by - it didn't even register on my radar. But I've just finished watching it, literally about 2 minutes ago, and I enjoyed it so much that I felt compelled to fight its corner in these reviews.
It is a sorely, sorely underrated film. On the strengths of the reviews here I wouldn't normally have bothered watching it - just another straight to DVD also-ran. But seriously, and please take my word for this now, it IS A GOOD FILM. It's a satire; it is spoofing all of those saccharin-soaked inspirational mush-fests that Hollywood holds so dearly to its bosom, and it does it well. Don't expect a slapstick gag-fest, nor a Partridge-esque cringe marathon, nor a contemporary re-working of Shakespeare; Coogan is not the star of the show - the show is.
It IS clever, it IS witty, it IS sharp, but in a very subtle way. Just look at Elisabeth Shue's appearance - an actress who has a reputation for pursuing the role-less-travelled - she is playing herself, parodying herself, and sticking a satirical elbow in the belly of the beast that feeds her.
This is a woefully overlooked film and one that I would recommend whole-heartedly... plus, it's less that a fiver for crying out loud. What've you got to lose!?!

Watch it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 May 2012
Format: DVD
The idea is a fair one but this first Steve Coogan headlining Hollywood vehicle is almost mis-titled. It should be more like 'Dopey high-school drama teacher attempts to put on a school play', but that's not as snappy and certainly wouldn't have the literates and lovers of the Bard double-checking it.

It's not actually THAT bad but as we know Coogan in his more successful and endearing characters, obviously we're going to compare. His accent is uncomfortably thick, if sounding authentic and he just comes across as that worse, embarrassingly nerdy teacher that we all used to love to hate. That was most probably the intention, though but that doesn't really help.

Actually, his scenes with wife/partner Katherine Keener almost work best, with their fertility "problems". The kids in school are often not that believable, reacting differently to what's expected. There's almost a parody on films by the likes of Alan Parker, the ones where a mixed ethnic high school has its drama budget completely removed and then it's 'Let's put on a Musical!!'

There's some funnier comedy when recovering alcoholic Dana Marschz (Coogan) falls off the wagon and goes amok. But his constant pratfalls get wearisome and when that extends to vocal ones, those are painful.

Finally, the play goes ahead and this bit comes across quite well, with Coogan as Christ on a rope and this raises my score from 2 to 2.4, but I'm afraid I cannot extend to three.

Hamlet, whether 2 or 52, it never is. Take it as it actually is and it stands a better chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By home on 15 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
I love shakespeare's Hamlet. Tongue in cheek and a pinch of salt are needed to appreciate the comic value of this film but once you get there is is a true joy and pleasure for when life gets too serious. Steve Coogan does do a terrible accent but its funny. The film is ridiculous and absurd but so are the "teacher saves the latino/black/poor/ignorant pupils" that this film is sending up in the first place. The students in this film save the teacher.
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Format: DVD
There is a scene in The Trip where Coogan is on the phone to his agent saying how he wants to appear in more movies. No, Steve, no! In Hamlet 2, Coogan appears as a very sleazy looking drama teacher. He wears a bizarre type of dress during one class and attempts to get his class to concentrate by doing a high kick. During his kick the camera reveals him to be without underwear, leaving the viewer with just one disturbing image of many in this absolutely dreadful offering. Elizabeth Shue appears as herself, allowing Coogan to say to her, "Shoo, Shue!" Ordinarily I would have turned rubbish like this off after say 15 minutes, but it is so compellingly bad that I am ashamed to say I watched a full hour before fast forwarding to the end. The creepy looking pose by Coogan on the DVD sleeve should give sufficient warning as to the nature of the film.
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