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Hamlet 2 (2008) [R]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $12.50
Review-lite: Holy moly! Properly reviewing Hamlet 2 proves nearly impossible. Is it an outrageous farce with a deep and ironic message or is it trying to be a dramatic portrait of the human condition of an artist that's funny due to its irony? Maybe it's both, maybe it's neither. Possibly only co-writers Pam Brady and Andrew Fleming know for sure. One thing not so perplexing is that the delightful inhabiting of bad actor turned bad drama teacher, Dana Marschz, by Steve Coogan has finally given this incredible and zany British actor a role that fully taps his many talents. Hamlet 2 surely is quite funny, and it's tragic and sad as well in spots. It's best when the play within the screenplay finally gets to the stage; yet, unfortunately, we get to see far too little of that. (click for full details and complete review)

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The House Bunny (2008) [PG-13]-- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $9.50
Review-lite: Decidedly vapid, Fred Wolf's The House Bunny starring Anna Faris as a former Playboy Bunny turned house mother when Hugh kicks her out of the mansion due to her advanced age of 27, despite a breakout cast of young women rivaling the rising star vehicle potential that The Outsiders held for it male cast back in the 80s, fails to score on many levels. A mixed moral message that beauty in women is only skin deep fails when the glamorous new house mother turns her sorority of misfits into the glamour calendar girls of campus and then and only then do they start to attract the opposite gender. The cast is great, and the script has come high points, but mostly this derivative film is recycled from too many recent films and is less cutting edge than an average episode of ABC Family's hit "Greek". (click for full details and complete review)

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