Sunday, March 15, 2009
Let's go to the movies: Hamlet 2
This movie was hilarious. We laughed all the way through it. I think at times it was unintentionally hilarious, but we really loved it. It doesn't take itself seriously ... ever. Set in Tucson Arizona (of all random places) a high school drama teacher is in jeopardy of having the drama program cancelled forever due to lack of funding. In an attempt to raise money to keep the program alive he uses his students to act in a play he wrote. His greatest work ... Hamlet 2. I know in Hamlet all the characters die in the end, but he brings them back and it is super entertaining. I have honestly never heard of Steve Coogan, but he is amazing. He plays the high school teacher and steals the show with his wide range of intense emotions, comedic facial expression and three scenes that involve his bare bum. It doesn't sound funny, but trust me it is. Elizabeth Shue played herself as a nurse who gave up acting and was a great addition to this movie. She is still beautiful and was able to poke a little fun at herself and it was fantastic. You forget that she was in Leaving Las Vega, Karate Kid (my personal favorite) and Adventures in Babysitting to name a few. David Arquette had a small role as did Amy Poeler. I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes their movies a little irreverent and silly, but brilliant at the same time. My only complaint is that even though the movie was set in Tucson, it was not actually filmed here. It was shot in New Mexico. Lame. I guess Tucson was too expensive and New Mexico gives better tax rebates. This movies was made for $8 million, but with the tax rebate they made it for $6.6 million. They took a couple of cheap shots at my sweet little city (the last line in the movie was,"No matter where you go in life after this, it will always be better than Tucson." It was actually funny ... in a sad way of course), but I forgive them. Rock me, rock me, rock me sexy Jesus!