Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

2008-08-22 16:16
What it's about:

Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) embark on a trip to Amsterdam and are detained as terrorists on their flight, due to a 'malfunctioning' bong. They're swiftly shipped off to Guantanamo Bay, but manage to escape. They hit the road to reach a politically connected friend who they believe can clear their names, encountering a series of weird characters and situations along the way.

What we thought of it:

Picking up mere hours after the conclusion of Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle (2004), Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay sees the constantly stoned duo stumble from disaster to disaster with mixed results. Despite the gross out humour and irreverence being doubled this time round, the simple formula that made White Castle such a fun movie remains untouched.

For those who aren't aware of the Harold and Kumar phenomenon, they are stoner flatmates and friends, and they have crazy adventures while trying to score weed, get laid, and last time, find some burgers. The impulsive slacker Indian Kumar plays the outrageous foil to Korean Harold's straight man, and it's usually his poor decision making that lands them neck deep in the brown stuff.

It all sounds dire, but largely thanks to the amiable leads, and the occasional inspired joke, this movie is very enjoyable if you're willing to toke it up and let your standards slide for the evening. Nobody will be surprised by jokes about inbred rednecks or uptight CIA agents, but stuff like Kumar taking a dump while Harold showers, the entire portion of the film with Neil Patrick Harris (playing himself) and the pants-less party are comedy gold.

Given the level of the humour and the focus on weed smoking, there's no doubt that Harold and Kumar is aimed clearly at a teen and student audience, and it should certainly hit the spot. There's no deep message, but the send ups of various racial stereotypes also serve as a welcome respite from our current climate of joyless political correctness. If you're tempted to watch this sort of film, you'll probably enjoy it, so light up a fat one and prepare to laugh yourself sore.

- Ivan Sadler

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Harold and Kumar are mistaken for terrorists on a flight to Amsterdam and find themselves in Guantanamo Bay. They escape and journey across the states to find the one person who can clear their name.

Kulibabes 2008/06/26 10:35 AM
Harold and Kumar I watched the movie and i loved every second of it.Its a must watch to those who love happy ending comedies a well.
Rainy 2008/06/27 4:25 PM
my rian Rian
Dustin 2008/06/30 2:09 AM
Not that good For the first time, i don't agree with you ivan. Kung fu panda was excellent, great review too. But this movie was nothing like the first, and i just re-watched the first. Looks like i awoke in a different harold and kumar dimension. The jokes in the movie were far too gratuitous for fans of the first movie, i would even have preferred over the top jokes. But keep up the great work!
Karen 2008/07/11 2:59 PM
O My Word Is it possible to take the makers of this movie to court for wasting your time and money? A shocking movie and TOTAL waste of time. Nothing close to the 'dopey' H&K we all know and expect. Sad ... very sad...
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