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This week, Trailer Scaler turns its gaze on Hamlet 2. I first saw this trailer months ago, but I wanted to write about it because I watch it all the time. (Um… that may give away how I feel about it.)
Let’s get scalin’… after the jump!
The Movie: Hamlet 2 (opening August 27)
The Buzz:Â This zany little comedy–about a down-his-luck high school theater teacher who tries save his job by writing a musical called Hamlet 2–got a solid reception at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. And though it opens in late August,Â where movies usually go to die, it features the always-awesome Catherine Keener and Amy Poehler. Plus, Elizabeth Shue stars as herself, which could produce some culturally healing references toÂ Adventures in Babysitting.
The Review: First of all… did anyone else get a thrill from watching a redband trailer? So decadent!
And did anyone else bust out laughing at this? Lord knows I did.Â
My favorite thing about this preview is that it delivers so many styles of humor. You’ve got your stupid physical gags (girl gets hit in the face with a trash can), your “awkward laughter” jokes (the teacher’s sweaty pits), your “politically relevant” gags (the president french kissing Satan), and your edgy-to-the-point-of- offensive bits (“Rock Me Sexy Jesus.”) And threaded through it all, you’ve got glimpses of self-awareness. Those two kids know that Halmet 2 could send them to hell, which suggests the movie will skewer everyone, and not just a particular political group.
Plus, the trailer may tease us with bits of plot information, but it doesn’t give away the whole plot. If nothing else, I’m dying to see the rest of the musical numbers.
Based on what we’re seeing here, it looks like Hamlet 2 is going to be an anarchic comedy with above-average intelligence. That’s what MTV’s bloggers are saying, and so are AfterElton’s. I’m hoping they’re right. In fact, I’m hoping this movie is as awesome as Wet Hot American Summer.Â
The Rating: 5 Sexy Jesuses