.

Hamlet 2

Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue

Directed by Andrew Fleming
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 3
Community: star rating
5 3 0
August 21, 2008

Don't expect a night with The Bard. This cuckoo farce asks: Can an L.A. actor stuck doing ads for herpes cures find happiness by moving to Tucson and teaching drama to high schoolers? Probably not. But you'll be wearing a happy face for two hours watching the brilliant Brit comic Steve Coogan play him. Him being Dana Marschz (pronounced Mars-chhh-zzz by those who dare), a sterile recovering alcoholic who gets slagged regularly by a snotty kid critic for staging movies (Dead Poets Society, Erin Brockovich) as plays. "He fisted us," cries Dana. Pumped by the addition of Latin students to his class of whitey Christians and closeted gays, Dana rouses himself — not with his wife (the dry, dazzling Catherine Keener), who's boinking their friend (David Arquette), but by creating an original musical. It's a sequel to Hamlet that somehow involves a time machine and Hamlet (Joseph Julian Soria) raising his voice in song to implore Christ (Coogan) to "Rock Me, Sexy Jesus." Tucson's civic leaders try to close the show. Enter ACLU lawyer Cricket Feldstein (Amy Poehler has you laughing at hello), and unexpected support from Leaving Las Vegas star Elisabeth Shue, playing herself as a Hollywood expat who prefers working in a sperm clinic. Director Andrew Fleming (Dick) keeps the pace snappy. And the script he wrote with Pam Brady (South Park) recovers handily every time it hits a speed bump. It's Coogan's breakthrough star performance that holds it all together. He's sensational.

prev
Movie Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Bleeding Love”

    Leona Lewis | 2007

    In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com