Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

2008

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Critics 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.

52%

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Total Count: 136

60%

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User Ratings: 377,832
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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

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (33)

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

    Sep 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Amid the dick jokes, drug taking and gratuitous nudity, the film also serves as a salient reminder about what actually ranks as subversive comedy.

    Sep 5, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

  • Jan 30, 2015
    Unbelievably awful, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay is a wickedly bad trip. Picking up where the last film ended, Harold and Kumar take off for Amsterdam but get sent to Guantanamo Bay prison after being mistaken for terrorists. It's a ridiculous plot that just gets more and more offensive as it goes on. The writing is just terrible, with cartoonish characters and incredibly lame, racist jokes. Massively stupid and tasteless, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay is an insulting and cliched goofball comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2014
    This is the second Harold and Kumar film that I have seen and they seem to be descending to new lows. The plot of the title is wrapped up quickly and the remaining film is a meandering mess of bad jokes.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2013
    Only the die hard potheads will really like this sequel. It's mostly funny for the first hour or so, but after that it gets way too far-fetched and over-the-top. The original is definitely better.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2013
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