Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
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.
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 GarcÚs). 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 … More
|Rating:||R (for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use)|
|Directed By:||Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz|
|Written By:||Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz|
|In Theaters:||Apr 24, 2008 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jul 29, 2008|
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Critic Reviews for Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
A bag of shoddy skits that barely qualifies as a movie and taints pleasant memories of their previous clowning besides
As the idea is no longer fresh and the plot has basically the same structure, it doesn't quite match the original. But the sequel delivers enough new developments to keep it interesting.
Every aspect of the production is atrocious in the extreme.The writing is awful. The direction is bilious.
Audience Reviews for Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
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.
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Quotes
|Kumar:||Dude this is weed.|
|George W. Bush:||That's alabama kush, thats one of the finest.|
|Kumar:||So you get high then you put other people who smoke weed in jail.|
|George W. Bush:||Duh.|
|Kumar:||That's so hypocritical.|
|George W. Bush:||Oh yeah well let me ask you something kumar, you like giving hand jobs.|
|George W. Bush:||You like getting hand jobs.|
|George W. Bush:||Well that makes you a fuckin hypacriticizer to, so shut the fuck up and smoke my weed.|
|Ron Fox:||Let me ask you something. Have you ever been ice fishing before?|
|Deputy Frye:||No sir, no I haven't.|
|Ron Fox:||Well it's fucking exhilarating.|
|Ron Fox:||[upon seeing Harold] What's up with the guy with the weird eyes? He handicapped or something?|
|Deputy Frye:||We believe he's of Korean decent.|
|Ron Fox:||My God, North Korea and Al Qaeda working together. This is bigger than I thought.|
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