Hamlet 2 (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Hamlet 2 (2008)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 10,805 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Music
  • Release Date: 27 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 92 min
  • Filming Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Budget: $9,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $4,881,867(USA)(28 September 2008)
  • Director: Andrew Fleming
  • Stars: Steve Coogan, Elisabeth Shue and Catherine Keener
  • Original Music By: Ralph Sall   
  • Soundtrack: Jealous Heart
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Student | Sequel | Alcoholic | Time Machine | High School

Writing Credits By:

  • Pam Brady (written by) &
  • Andrew Fleming (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Steve Coogan is also doing the narration.
  • After Principal Rocker kicks Dana off campus when they break in, we see a shot of the article written in the school newspaper. What Dana reads a few seconds later is not what is written. The article reads, (grammatically incorrectly), “What about about could possibly offend Principal Rocker to such a degree? Or is offense the offense at all? Selective ignorance is a dangerous commodity. As Roland Barthes tells us, textually and novelistic neutrality may coalesce. Rocker obviously suffers from a case of transposed aggression and questions of self worth. The symbolic nature of his actions show as Jung would point male aggression without release breeds anti intellectual action. Rocker could not possible comprehend the ramifications of transposed aggression and questions of self worth. …”

Goofs: Errors in geography: Arizona does not issue license plates for the front of cars, though several vehicles are seen with plates on the front.

Plot: In this irreverent comedy, 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. Full summary »  »

Story: Dana Marschz is a failed actor and recovering alcoholic who's moved to Tucson to teach high school drama, where he's plagued by bad reviews, student indifference, budget woes (he and his wife, who is trying to get pregnant, take in a boarder), and his own teaching limitations. Because the other electives are closed, he finds himself with a large class of seeming gang-bangers, and the principal informs him that drama will be cut next trimester. On the advice of a student reviewer, Dana decides to stage his own play, a sequel to "Hamlet" in which the prince and Jesus, with the use of a time machine, try to save Gertrude and Ophelia. Can Dana for once pull something off?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  


Synopsis: The creative life has been difficult for Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) as he has fallen from an acting career based on info-commercials to teaching drama in a High School in Tucson and writing and producing stage versions of popular movies that get panned even by the local High School drama critic. Dana and his wife Brie (Catherine Keener) are trying to have a child and additionally take on a border Gary (David Arquette) to help make ends meet. When he is informed that Drama Class is cancelled due to budget cuts Dana decides to write and original play to garner attention and get funding, but when he pens Hamlet 2, a zany and offensive sequel to the famous English play the High School as well as the entire town rise up to suppress his art. His talented Drama class consisting of latent homosexual Rand Posin (Skylar Astin), the desperate, well-meaning Epiphany Sellers (Phoebe Strole), the down-to-Earth Ivonne (Melonie Diaz), and the tough kid Octavio (Joseph Julian Soria), among others, want their hard work to have an artistic life so they find a warehouse and pool together their resources to put on the play with a variety of visual and aural special effects.

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Produced By:

  • Albert Berger known as executive producer
  • Pam Brady known as executive producer
  • Eric Eisner known as producer
  • Andrew Fleming known as executive producer
  • Michael Flynn known as executive producer
  • Evan Lesser known as associate producer
  • Leonid Rozhetskin known as producer
  • Jacob E. Ryan known as associate producer
  • Aaron Ryder known as producer
  • Ron Yerxa known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Steve Coogan known as Dana Marschz
  • Catherine Keener known as Brie Marschz
  • Joseph Julian Soria known as Octavio
  • Skylar Astin known as Rand Posin
  • Phoebe Strole known as Epiphany Sellers
  • Melonie Diaz known as Ivonne
  • Arnie Pantoja known as Vitamin J
  • Michael Esparza known as Chuy
  • Natalie Amenula known as Yolanda
  • Marshall Bell known as Principal Rocker
  • David Arquette known as Gary
  • Elisabeth Shue known as Elisabeth Shue
  • Amy Poehler known as Cricket Feldstein
  • Shea Pepe known as Noah Sapperstein
  • Marco Rodríguez known as Mr. Marquez
  • Deborah Chavez known as Mrs. Marquez
  • Kevin Wiggins known as Policeman #1
  • Johnnie Hector known as Policeman #2
  • Nat Faxon known as Glenn from Copy Shop
  • Steve Corona known as Horace
  • Arron Shiver known as Virgil
  • Josh Berry known as Mr. Mann
  • Margarita Wilder known as Julia De La Huerta
  • Evan Adrian known as Danny the Waiter
  • J.D. Garfield known as Man with Envelope
  • Mary Evans known as Parent #1
  • Tomas Sanchez known as Parent #2
  • Mike Hatfield known as Man in Truck
  • John Hardman known as Old Dude
  • Stephen Eiland known as Scary Gang Banger
  • Cynthia Straus known as Hysterical Woman
  • Will Gluck known as Man at Play #1
  • Tom Romero known as Man at Play #2
  • Jenny Gabrielle known as Prayer Girl
  • Frank Bond known as Ron from The Times
  • Todd Anderson known as Redneck Parent
  • Daniel Quiñones known as Giggles (as Daniel Quiononez)
  • Karin Arellano known as Drama Student
  • Sian Bird known as Drama Student
  • Jessica Daniels known as Drama Student
  • Tina Kozlowski known as Drama Student
  • Joey Montoya known as Drama Student
  • Hannah Rodananta known as Drama Student (as Hanna Rodananta)
  • Gabriel Romero known as Drama Student
  • Valerie Adams known as Teacher (uncredited)
  • Arlin Alcala known as Protestant (uncredited)
  • Robert Anthony Brass known as Spectator (uncredited)
  • Gabriel Alicto Chavez known as Spectator (uncredited)
  • Rich Gill known as Spectator (uncredited)
  • Z. Ray Wakeman known as Parent (uncredited)
  • Foued Zayani known as Parent at Play (uncredited)
  • Lydia Zazueta known as Audience Member (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Shannon Bouldin known as hair stylist
  • Norman Bryn known as key makeup artist: New York
  • Mary Cooke known as key hairstylist: New York
  • Vanessa Jaramillo known as makeup artist
  • Lisa Taylor Roberts known as key makeup artist (as Taylor Roberts)
  • JoAnn Stafford-Chaney known as key hair stylist (as Joann Stafford Chaney)
  • Svetlana Britt known as assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Deidre Parness known as assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Benjamin Joseph Bustos known as set dresser (as Ben Bustos)
  • Craig Butterman known as propmaker
  • Ryan Cowles known as conceptual artist/sculptor
  • Jason Critchfield known as painter
  • Cliff C. Crouch known as propmaker (as Cliff Crouch)
  • Jason Davis known as shopper
  • Gary Eilar known as set dresser
  • Francesca Galesi known as art department researcher
  • Wellyem Guerra known as set dresser
  • Forrest A. Haag known as assistant property master (as Forrest Haag)
  • Mike Hanrahan known as set dresser
  • Ronald O. Jaynes known as construction coordinator (as Ron Jaynes)
  • George Kruft known as paint foreman
  • Johnny Long known as key greens
  • Amahl Lovato known as assistant art director
  • Ben Lowney known as property master
  • Antonio Maes known as painter
  • Aaron Newton known as construction foreman
  • Randy Ortega known as lead scenic
  • Rhonda Paynter known as on-set dresser (as Rhonda Painter)
  • David Peck known as propmaker
  • Marilyn Peterson known as set dresser
  • Wm. Michael Rafter known as set dresser (as Michael Rafter)
  • Eduardo Reyes known as propmaker
  • Leonard Sanchez known as propmaker
  • Loren Schoel known as art department coordinator
  • Craig Sears known as propmaker
  • Liv Selinger known as leadman
  • Kris Strube known as utility tech
  • Shana Terrell known as property assistant
  • Severino Gonzales known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Paul Harman known as muralist (uncredited)
  • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Chris Painter known as greens person (uncredited)
  • Jorge Reyes known as propmaker (uncredited)
  • Ted Slampyak known as storyboard artist (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Bona Fide Productions
  • ContentFilm International (sales agent)
  • L+E Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Absolut Video  VideoAssist equipment provided by
  • Aerotech Remote  camera cranes
  • Austro Catering Services  catering (as Austro Catering)
  • Bulletproof Recording Company  soundtrack
  • CinePartners  camera cranes
  • DeMille Halliburton  insurance
  • DeWitt Stern Group  insurance
  • Entertainment Clearances  clearances
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Entertainment Partners  payroll
  • Feral Gallery  supplier: aztec artwork
  • Filmtools  expendables
  • Global Entertainment Partners  post-production services
  • Hollywood-DI  HD Screening Services
  • Hungry & Humble  grip/electric equipment
  • International Film Guarantors  completion guarantor
  • Keslow Cameras  camera systems provided by
  • Leonetti Company  grip and lighting equipment
  • Loeb & Loeb  additional legal services
  • Post Logic Studios  digital intermediate
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility
  • Sylvia Fay/Lee Genick & Associates Casting  extras casting New York


  • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Focus Features (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures France (UPF) (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • FS Film Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Universal Home Video (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Great FX (uncredited)

Visual Effects by:

  • Chris Brown known as visual effects supervisor (as Chris 'CB' Brown)
  • Bill Coffin known as inferno artist: Post Logic Studios
  • Grant Janssen known as senior systems engineer: Post Logic Studios
  • Jeremy Nicolaides known as digital supervisor
  • Eric Pardee known as digital intermediate data manager: Post Logic Studios
  • Boyd Stepan known as inferno artist: Post Logic Studios

Release Date:

  • USA 21 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 3 August 2008 (Traverse City Film Festival)
  • Canada 22 August 2008
  • USA 22 August 2008 (limited)
  • USA 27 August 2008
  • Greece 19 September 2008 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Greece 25 September 2008 (Athens)
  • Romania 26 September 2008
  • Iceland 10 October 2008
  • France 26 November 2008
  • USA 21 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 8 January 2009
  • Ireland 22 February 2009 (Dublin Film Festival)
  • Argentina 18 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 8 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 6 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 7 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 5 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 15 November 2009 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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