I'll go more into depth when the DVD is out and I can more easily provide concrete examples of its greatness (I find telling about intentional comedy virtually impossible; I'd rather just show it). But for now I'm just going to put it out there: Hamlet 2 directly speaks to the segment of the population that idealizes ridiculousness, theatricality and high-concept garbage (a blessed trinity if ever there were). This thing of hilarity is too dead-on to avoid building a cult (even if it takes a few years), and it is worth checking out if you have even the remotest of a craving for Kool-Aid. It's a reference-obsessed Waiting for Guffman. It's The Comeback on an infinitely more pathetic scale (yes, it's possible). It's a film in which the phrase "raped in the face" is uttered only to become the inspiration of a musical number. It's, above all things, cuckoo bananas.
Most hilariously, it's a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. Hamlet 2, the play within the movie, irreverently toys with the idea of Jesus Christ as a contemporary rock star, much to the disdain of the conservative citizens of Tucson. They are much like those on the Hamlet 2 IMDb board who are sad and seemingly outraged that the movie would portray this at all. Never mind that the film is satire that doesn't endorse its central character's conviction in commenting on Jesus' celebrity in a fucking sequel to Hamlet, but mocks it by merely exposing it. That it exists is all that's needed to explain its ridiculousness. "I do want you to think about this; why was it a religious figure of the Catholic denomination and not a Muslim figure? Why do you think this is?" goes a post by goodguy309. I know the answer and so does Hamlet 2: because watching people miss the point is a brilliant source of entertainment.
Steve Coogan is a revelation. Elisabeth Shue has a mind-blowing sense of humor about herself. I just can't say enough good stuff about this movie. But perhaps what I'm most appreciative of is that it alerted me to the existence of Joseph Julian Soria.
This kid is so beautiful, watching him on screen made me uncomfortable. Like just-pubescent-what-are-these-feelings-in-my-loins uncomfortable. Swoon. Swoooooooon. I expect global takeover. Go raid his MySpace before he makes it private.