Hamlet 2: Indie Comedy Fails to Rock Me
Cheri and I hunkered down tonight to watch the bizarre indie comedy Hamlet 2.
This comedic farce is about a washed up actor who teaches drama at a high school in Tuscon, Arizona. His drama program loses its funding, and he has to go underground to produce his extremely obscene and deeply strange stage musical “Hamlet 2.”
The film stars Steve Coogan (you know, the director from Tropic Thunder) as the weirdo drama teacher. His sad attempts at inspiring his drama students (ala Dead Poets Society and Dangerous Minds) is painful to watch at times and only borderline funny. It felt that Coogan just kept trying too hard to make mediocre writing better than it really was.
The only truly funny part of the movie was during the performance of the rock musical number “Rock Me, Sexy Jesus.” Only in its absurdity and its self-aware campiness was I able to enjoy it. Too bad the rest of the movie wasn’t as funny.