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Hamlet 2

A Movie Reel

Hamlet 2: 7 out of 10.

We were invited to a special advance screening of this new comedy film by the co-writer of South Park and Team America: World Police.  I loved Team America: World Police, so I thought this would be a fun way to celebrate T's birthday.

I knew nothing about the film going in, except that it starred Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, David Arquette, Amy Poehler and Elisabeth Shue.  All I knew Steve Coogan as was as Larry David's therapist in Curb Your Enthusiasm, but he was charming as all hell in this flick, and super funny.  I can't tell if I was just in a good mood and enjoying a night out at a free flick, but I laughed my ass off.

The deal with these test screenings is that you have to complete a survey after the film.  I suggested they tighten up the first third which tended to lag a little and pad the actual production which included some great musical numbers.  It will be interesting to see how much editing happens between now and the film's release.

Oh yeah, I recommended one more change.  The Shakespearian title is libel to scare away their target South Parkian demo.  Trust me, this film is more Borat than Shakespeare.

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