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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 70 | Rotten: 62

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

52

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 15

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,

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Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Jul 29, 2008

$38.1M

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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 Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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A fitfully funny if somewhat less excellent sequel.

April 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

April 28, 2008 | Comments (3)
Ebert & Roeper
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The jokes all revolve around weed, stereotypes, and Neil Patrick Harris; the stereotype stuff is by far the funniest.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A guilty pleasure that retains the anarchic charms of the original.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
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.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A bag of shoddy skits that barely qualifies as a movie and taints pleasant memories of their previous clowning besides

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

For a stoner comedy, it makes some lucid points.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Just make sure that you're really stoned when you see it.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Every aspect of the production is atrocious in the extreme.The writing is awful. The direction is bilious.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

The film is so even-handed and so diligent in its urge to offend that after a while I felt myself go numb.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Amid the dick jokes, drug taking and gratuitous nudity, the film also serves as a salient reminder about what actually ranks as subversive comedy.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Hurwitz and Schlossberg can't quite recapture their magic in this spotty stoner sequel.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

There's an abundance of toilet humour, masturbation, oral sex and fantasies about threesomes with an oversized bag of weed ... The target market will no doubt be primed

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Uses its sly brand of humor to say plenty about the state of race relations in the U.S. (really).

August 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Now only a pot comedy would conceive of turning George W. into a goofy, dare I say even likable pothead who's afraid of his dad and Dick Cheney.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

While not without its funny moments, this labored sequel ups the nudity and gross-out factor while diminishing the sweetness and evident camaraderie of its appealing leads.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily
Screendaily

Anything the filmmakers might have, could have, should have handled with even the remotest degree of subtlety...they didn't.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (4)
Movie Metropolis

A prison sex slave rebellion having to do with an organ sandwich, don't ask, and a detour over to Bush's secret sex den, make this ballsy doper duo and their Blue State versus Red State rant hard to resist.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Whereas White Castle had a freshness in its humor, Guantanamo goes crude for the sake of crudeness, to the point of ruining entire scenes.

July 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

A drunken bachelor party kind of movie, more of a rental idea than a full-priced theater movie.

June 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Those wishing to defend the honor of the red states will find much to dislike here, starting with the depiction of Southerners as rednecks and Klansmen

June 11, 2008 | Comment (1)
The Trend

Unfortunately, the movie has too many uninspired and shockingly unfunny moments that outweigh the good by at least a few tons.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

A surprisingly 'post-9/11' movie, it combines typical stoner humor with a plot about ethnic profiling, torture, and War on Terror paranoia. But, like, in a funny way.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Cinema Source

...even Doogie Howser and his imaginary unicorns can't save this film.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Audience Reviews for Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Much like the first film, there are moments of genuinely funny comedy but these are fleeting. In the first film Harold and Kumar look for the best munchie following a night of heavy smoking, in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay they try to deal with a much bigger issue; deconstructing stereotype and prejudice. It's a hell of a jump. I'm guessing they chose a deeper, more philosophical subject due to it being the second association when one is 'high' on marijuana after 'getting the munchies'. A film about stereotypes that overlooks it's own use of stereotype could be looked upon as post-modern brilliance. That or poor writing. It's pretty offensive all round although I doubt anyone can be that offended when it's obvious that the makers know very little about the subjects they're sending up. Indeed, I wonder if they've ever smoked Cannabis/had sex/driven a car/drunk a beer etc as it all seems to have been written by a 12 year old.
March 10, 2014
SirPant

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four stars
January 8, 2014
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July 2, 2013
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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.
July 15, 2012
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    1. Kumar: Dude this is weed.
    2. George W. Bush: That's alabama kush, thats one of the finest.
    3. Kumar: So you get high then you put other people who smoke weed in jail.
    4. George W. Bush: Duh.
    5. Kumar: That's so hypocritical.
    6. George W. Bush: Oh yeah well let me ask you something kumar, you like giving hand jobs.
    7. Kumar: No sir.
    8. George W. Bush: You like getting hand jobs.
    9. Kumar: Yeah.
    10. George W. Bush: Well that makes you a fuckin hypacriticizer to, so shut the fuck up and smoke my weed.
    – Submitted by James B (20 months ago)
    1. Ron Fox: Let me ask you something. Have you ever been ice fishing before?
    2. Deputy Frye: No sir, no I haven't.
    3. Ron Fox: Well it's fucking exhilarating.
    – Submitted by alfie t (21 months ago)
    1. Ron Fox: [upon seeing Harold] What's up with the guy with the weird eyes? He handicapped or something?
    2. Deputy Frye: We believe he's of Korean decent.
    – Submitted by alfie t (21 months ago)
    1. Ron Fox: My God, North Korea and Al Qaeda working together. This is bigger than I thought.
    – Submitted by Charles W (22 months ago)
    1. Kumar: You fucking pissed on me you racist fuck!
    – Submitted by Charlie L (2 years ago)
    1. Ron Fox: Tell them that in your fake ching-chong language.
    – Submitted by Maximus D (2 years ago)
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