Hamlet 2

Theatrical Release: August 29, 2008
Hamlet 2


Centered on a teacher who tries to save his drama department by writing a sequel to William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” It stars Coogan as a high school drama teacher who creates a musical sequel to “Hamlet” based on the premise that no one died in the original play.

Dove Review

“Hamlet 2” would make Shakespeare turn over in his grave if he knew of this tragedy (and I don’t mean “tragedy” in the sense that Shakespeare would have meant it). This is not a Greek tragedy or one of Shakespeare’s tragedies such as his original play. This is a tragedy in the sense of its offensiveness to Christian viewers and the total irreverence it displays. For example, one of the songs is titled “Rock me Sexy Jesus” and features an actor playing Christ, doing a moonwalk dance on the water, and grabbing his crotch area. This movie is sure to offend a lot of viewers.

As it is, it is a poorly made film, doesn’t come close to being a family-friendly film, and looks as if it will not go very far at the box office (thankfully). This is called scraping the bottom of the barrel. Dove is unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this poor excuse of a movie.

Content Description

Sex: Several sexual innuendos; a graphic scene of French kissing; an unmarried pregnant woman is featured as a character in the film.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-11; J-3;F-21; Slang for male genitalia-4; Slang for female genitalia-3; Slang for breasts-2; S-13; A-15; C*ap-1; B-1; H-1; D-in a song.
Violence: On a TV show a character is pierced in the rear by a wooden unicorn; a character is hit in the head by a trash can; a character is punched in the stomach; a character is slapped; a man hurts finger; a student slams into a wall; a character is hit by a truck door.
Drugs: Several drug references; drinking in the film; a character smokes marijuana while watching a performance; a character says she would kill herself if she had to give up alcohol.
Nudity: Rear male nudity; a character is seen in briefs; cleavage; a brief view of man's crotch.
Other: Offensive material toward Christians including an actor playing Jesus who moonwalks on water; and grabs his crotch; a song in the film titled "Rock me Sexy Jesus"; the splint on a man's middle finger makes it look as if he's continually giving the finger to people; disrespectful attitudes in much of the film.


Company: Focus Features
Writer: Pam Brady and Andrew Fleming
Director: Andrew Fleming
Producer: Eric D. Eisner
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 92 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter