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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R (for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use)
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Comedy
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Cast

Kal Penn
as Kumar Patel
John Cho
as Harold Lee
Rob Corddry
as Ron Fox
Roger Bart
as Dr. Beecher
David Krumholtz
as Goldstein
Eddie Kaye Thomas
as Rosenberg
Jack Conley
as Deputy Frye
Danneel Ackles
as Vanessa
Eric Winter
as Colton
Neil Patrick Harris
as Neil Patrick Harris
Jon Reep
as Raymus
Missi Pyle
as Raylene
Mark Munoz
as Cyrus
James Adomian
as George W. Bush
Echo Valley
as Tits Hemingway
Ava Santana
as Tammi
Todd Voltz
as Travis
Jackson Beals
as Carter
Amir Talai
as Raza
Randal Reeder
as Big Bob
Ed Helms
as Interpreter
Errol Sitahal
as Dr. Patel
Clyde Kusatsu
as Mr. Lee
Mary Deese
as Mrs. Lee
Juli Erickson
as Old White Woman
Lester '"Rasta" Speight
as Dr. Jonavon White
Hugo Perez
as Ramon
Colton Gramm
as Groomsman
Chris Warner
as State Trooper
Danneel Harris
as Vanessa
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Critic Reviews for Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

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Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Boston Globe
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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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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.

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

Full Review… | April 30, 2008
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
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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

four stars

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½

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Directors Cat
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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