Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay


2008

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

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Critic Consensus: It may not equal its predecessor, but Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is still good for some laughs -- and food for thought.

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After successfully seeking out the ultimate slider in the 2004 stoner comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, the cannabis-craving twosome returns in this high-flying sequel that finds them labeled terrorists for attempting to sneak a marijuana-smoking implement on a flight to Amsterdam. Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have just finished gorging themselves on savory White Castle hamburgers when they return to their apartment and hatch a plan for Harold to win the heart of his crush, Maria (Paula Garcés). Maria is going to Amsterdam, and if Harold can catch up with her overseas perhaps he can strike up a real love connection. After a close call with airport personnel and a chance encounter with Kumar's ex-girlfriend Vanessa (Danneel Harris) -- who hadn't yet told Kumar that she's engaged to be married -- the pot-loving pals finally board their flight for Amsterdam. Unfortunately for Harold, Kumar isn't able to endure the lengthy flight without an innocent puff or two from his smokeless bong. When the plane hits some turbulence and the bong is mistaken for a bomb, the flight is diverted to Guantanamo Bay and our spliff-smoking heroes are detained by overzealous Deputy Chief of Homeland Security Ron Fox (Rob Corddry). Now, if they can just escape from the world's most notorious prison compound, perhaps this hapless duo can succeed in convincing the authorities that they aren't enemy combatants, and that Kumar made the mistake of his life by letting Vanessa go. But before they can prove their innocence and get the girls, Harold and Kumar will have to outsmart the dreaded Ku Klux Klan, contend with a particularly precocious Cyclops baby, and successfully elude everyone's favorite debauched former child star -- Neil Patrick Harris. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay, a loosely strung-together collection of sex, race, and stoner jokes, is, by any rational standard, a terrible movie, yet I kept laughing at it, and I came out of the theatre in a good mood.

May 12, 2008 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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A fitfully funny if somewhat less excellent sequel.

Apr 30, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

As much as I enjoyed the pot-fueled laughs and the sheer energetic lunacy of the original, I was really let down by this uninspired sequel.

Apr 28, 2008

The jokes all revolve around weed, stereotypes, and Neil Patrick Harris; the stereotype stuff is by far the funniest.

Apr 28, 2008 | Full Review…

A guilty pleasure that retains the anarchic charms of the original.

Apr 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
USA Today
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This is one of those rare pictures that can gross you out and make you think at one and the same time.

Apr 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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four stars

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½

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Directors Cat

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A big step (or two) down overall when compared to its predecessor, but this is still a pretty funny and extreme satirical comedy in which no one is spared. The freshness wasn't all there, but I enjoyed the movie regardless. Here's to hoping that future sequels keep from getting stale, and creativity enters back into the mix. Also, the title needs to be changed. Keeping it the way it is with how the film plays out is asinine. They need to call it Harold & Kumar go to Amsterdam or something. What hurts the movie the most, for me, is that it's a really big retread of the first, but this time they take the shock humor to some extreme and sometimes really offensive levels. Some of it does work, some doesn't, but it is overkill regardless. I still give it a lot of credit however because it does tackle some actual issues, even if it mostly prefers to focus on the dumb humor.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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Neil Patrick Harris: Gentlemen start your engines! It's gonna be a bumpy ride! This is a very stupid, vulgar, and predictable comedy, with some lame romantic comedy cliches and attempts at political satire, but you know what? It has some very funny moments. As a movie its not as good as the first one, but it certainly has more memorable moments (Emo Harold). Much of the problem comes from whats been done to this film in relation to how the first one did things. This film certainly expands its scope to make it more of an epic stoner comedy, but much of the charm in the first film came from the relevant insight handled in a funny and appropriate manner. Here, the film basically works as a live action version of South Park in many scenes. Still, it's hard not to laugh at what is going on in this movie. It also helps that Neil Patrick Harris is hilarious every step of the way for his amount of screen time. Rob Cordry goes out on a limb to make is character so stupid-goofy-racist that it works. And then there's a terrible Bush impersonator who actual makes it through to being fairly funny. So much is pushed into this film that a good chunk of it sticks, therefore making it an acceptable comedy, which I laughed at a lot, even if I don't have the desire to go and see it again. Chloe: You remember that time you stole that monkey and put it in Rosenberg's dorm room? Kumar: Had I known that the monkey had AIDS I never would have done that.

Aaron Neuwirth
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