With his department in danger of being cut, high school drama teacher Dana Marschz pens a heretical sequel to William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and exhorts his students to stage it in this sardonic comedy that riffs on the "inspirational teacher" genre.
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- Andrew Fleming
RLanguage including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; making-of featurette; behind-the-scenes featurette; audio commentary; sing-a-long feature.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that although this comedy is set in high school, it's not really a "teen comedy." In fact, it takes a no-holds-barred approach to poking fun at religion, theater, commercialism, racism, reproductive technologies, actors, the ACLU, and anything and everything else. One song is centered on a "rock star" version of Jesus, and there are plenty of jokes that some people may consider crude or vulgar. There are also scenes of underage drinking and drug use, a flash of a man's naked backside, and plenty of salty language.
- Sexual Content
- Conversations about the mechanics of getting pregnant, some kissing, lewd jokes. A man's naked backside is flashed -- he has writer's block and takes off his pants to get inspiration -- and there are allusions to his "balls" being flashed.
- A man contemplates suicide; some brawls erupt; a girl keeps falling and getting hit by objects.
- Language includes plenty of salty words, including "s--t" and "f--k." Not as frequent as some other R-rated movies, though.
- Social Behavior
- A teacher swears in front of his students and accidentally hurts one of them; they clearly show no respect for him (they call him "moron," among other things). His wife belittles him, too. But he doesn't give up hope. In fact, in his own blissfully ignorant way, he manages to inspire and free his inner artist. The movie mercilessly mocks everything from the theater crowd to religion. Infidelity is treated humorously.
- Mentions of various Hollywood movies (Erin Brockovich, The Karate Kid, etc.); actress Elisabeth Shue is revered. And of course, Hamlet is referenced often. Also, Jack LaLanne products and fake commercials for herpes medications.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Teens drink while out with their teacher; they later spike his non-alcoholic beverage with LSD or another psychedelic; his wife drinks a gigantic margarita.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it