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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

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  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy
  • Release Date: 25 April 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:107 min (unrated version) | Argentina:114 min
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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 64,405 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy
  • Release Date: 25 April 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:107 min (unrated version) | Argentina:114 min
  • Filming Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  • Budget: $12,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $38,087,366(USA)(13 July 2008)
  • Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn and Neil Patrick Harris
  • Original Music By: George S. Clinton   
  • Soundtrack: All That I Want
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Guantanamo Bay | Escape | Texas | Bong | Florida

Writing Credits By:

  • Jon Hurwitz (written by) &
  • Hayden Schlossberg (written by)
  • Jon Hurwitz (characters) &
  • Hayden Schlossberg (characters)

Known Trivia

  • Neil Patrick Harris worked 4 days on this movie.
  • In an April 24 2008 Newark Star Ledger interview, the writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg mention that Kumar’s poem “The Square Root of Three” (parody of Joyce Kilmer’s Trees) was written by a classmate of theirs, David Feinberg when all three went to Randolph High School in New Jersey. They were happy they could include in the film a poem they loved while growing up, and Feinberg was thrilled to make a contribution to the film.
  • Amnesty International USA was highly critical of the film’s satirical depiction of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, commenting on their website that “Guantanamo is no joke.” The organization’s membership was encouraged to hand out fliers and fact sheets at theatrical screenings to bring attention to the alleged human rights abuses that have occurred at the camp.
  • According to Hollywood Reporter (27 April 2008 issue), Warner Bros’ distribution president Dan Fellman said this movie was originally produced as a straight-to-video movie until a decision was made to release it theatrically.
  • Production Assistant Carol Trevino was killed in an auto accident while working on the film.
  • The mask Harold pulls out of Neil Patrick Harris’ bag is the same as the one worn by Chris Fehn from the band Slipknot.
  • There is an after credits sequence.
  • Vanessa’s husband-to-be is named Colton Graham, and coincidentally, an actor named Colton Gramm plays one of the Groomsmen at the wedding.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: Big Bob doesn't unlock Harold and Kumar's cell. He simply slides the door open.

Plot: Follows the cross-country adventures of the pot-smoking duo as they try to outrun authorities who suspect them of being terrorists when they try to sneak a bong on board their flight to Amsterdam. Full summary »  »

Story: The morning they return from their White Castle road trip, Harold and Kumar decide to go to Amsterdam because Harold doesn't want to wait ten days to see Maria again. On the plane, Kumar lights up his new bong, the air marshals think it's a bomb, and Harold and Kumar are arrested as terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay. Ordered to fellate a guard, they manage to escape, make their way to Florida, and head for Texas to find Kumar's ex-girlfriend's fiancé, the well-connected Colton, and get him to intercede with Washington on their behalf. Kumar still has a thing for Vanessa, the feds are in hot pursuit, and the legal weed of Amsterdam seems a long way away.Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Following the events of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold Lee and Kumar Patel fly to Amsterdam so Harold can pursue a budding romance with his neighbor. The pair run into Vanessa, Kumar’s ex-girlfriend, and her fiancee, Colton in the airport. Harold and Kumar board the plane, and mid-flight, an old woman sees Kumar lighting his new invention, a smokeless bong, screams "terrorist!". Air marshals immediately detain both, and the plane returns to Washington, where Ron Fox, a neurotic undersecretary of Homeland Security, sends them to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. They escape, and decide to travel to Texas in search of Colton, with hopes that he will be able to help them through his father, who is connected with several high political officials.

The film follows the same path as its predecessor, putting Harold and Kumar in a series of quirky ‘episodes’, usually centered around themes of drugs, sex, and racism. Neil Patrick Harris returns as his drug-addled, womanizing parody of himself.

After being betrayed by Colton and jumping out of a plane, the pair falls through the ceiling of President George W. Bush’s home in Texas, where the President is hiding from Dick Cheney. After bonding over marijuana, the President pardons the pair and sends the Secret Service to help them. Harold and Kumar arrive at the wedding just in time to stop it, revealing Colton’s true nature. Enraged, Colton attacks Kumar, but Harold levels him. Vanessa is angry at Kumar for embarrassing her at the wedding, but forgives him when he recites the poem that he had been writing on the day they met, but was too embarrassed to share with her until now. The three leave the wedding, heading to Amsterdam, where Harold finds Maria. The movie ends with everyone enjoying the city and its offerings.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Richard Brener known as executive producer
  • Nicole Brown known as co-producer
  • Samuel J. Brown known as co-producer
  • Michael Disco known as co-producer
  • Joseph Drake known as executive producer (as Joe Drake)
  • Toby Emmerich known as executive producer
  • Iddo Lampton Enochs Jr. known as associate producer (as Lampton Enochs)
  • Jon Hurwitz known as co-producer
  • Nathan Kahane known as producer
  • Kelli Konop known as co-producer
  • Carsten H.W. Lorenz known as executive producer (as Carsten Lorenz)
  • Hayden Schlossberg known as co-producer
  • Greg Shapiro known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • John Cho known as Harold
  • Kal Penn known as Kumar
  • Rob Corddry known as Ron Fox
  • Jack Conley known as Deputy Frye
  • Roger Bart known as Dr. Beecher
  • Neil Patrick Harris known as Neil Patrick Harris
  • Danneel Ackles known as Vanessa (as Danneel Harris)
  • Eric Winter known as Colton
  • Paula Garcés known as Maria (as Paula Garces)
  • Jon Reep known as Raymus
  • Missi Pyle known as Raylene
  • Mark Munoz known as Cyrus
  • James Adomian known as George W. Bush
  • Beverly D'Angelo known as Sally
  • Echo Valley known as Tits Hemingway
  • Ava Santana known as Tammi
  • Chantel Silvain known as Trisha
  • Courtney Shay Young known as Sparkle
  • Crystal Mantecon known as Venus
  • Katheryn Rice known as Agnes
  • Christopher Meloni known as Grand Wizard (as Reverend Clyde Stanky)
  • Todd Voltz known as Travis
  • Richard Christy known as Kenny
  • Adam Herschman known as Archie
  • Jackson Beals known as Carter
  • Amir Talai known as Raza
  • Kristen de Nes known as Kim
  • Mark Turner known as Joe
  • Randal Reeder known as Big Bob
  • David Krumholtz known as Goldstein
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas known as Rosenberg
  • Ed Helms known as Interpreter
  • Errol Sitahal known as Dr. Patel
  • Clyde Kusatsu known as Mr. Lee
  • Mary Deese known as Mrs. Lee
  • Juli Erickson known as Old White Woman
  • Kelvin Payton known as Random Passenger
  • Ron Fagan known as Random Passenger
  • Frank Mondaruli known as Head of Security
  • D'Anthony Palms known as Light-Skinned Black Security
  • Lester Speight known as Dr. Jonavon White (as Lester 'Rasta' Speight)
  • Hugo Perez known as Ramon
  • Colton Gramm known as Groomsman
  • Patrick Michael Carney known as Goon
  • Jason Konopisos known as Goon
  • Chris Warner known as State Trooper
  • Carsten H.W. Lorenz known as Carsten (as Carsten Lorenz)
  • Angus Sutherland known as Anton
  • Marisa Belinda known as Jacuzzi Girl (as Marisa Rodriquez)
  • Claudia Pena known as Jacuzzi Girl
  • Rob Andrist Plourde known as Random Amsterdam Stoner (as Rob Andristplourde)
  • Jeremy Ambler known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Eddie Armes known as Gang Member (uncredited)
  • Kristin Barnhart known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Michael Byrnes known as Lt. Riggs / Goon (uncredited)
  • Brooke Devenney known as Blonde Little Girl on Travel Bus (uncredited)
  • Trena Edwards known as Weedy (uncredited)
  • Ted Ferguson known as Wedding Greensman (uncredited)
  • Wilbur Fitzgerald known as Colton's Father (uncredited)
  • Josh Heald known as Terry Air Marshal #3 (uncredited)
  • Walt Hollis known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Jon Hurwitz known as Dancing Devil in Costume Shop (uncredited)
  • Kenneth Lecompte known as Special Agent (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Lee Jr. known as Terrorist (uncredited)
  • Krystal Mayo known as Raza's Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Cindy McBride known as Airline Passenger (uncredited)
  • Steven Miramontz known as Carsten's Assistant Photographer (uncredited)
  • Fabian C. Moreno known as Cuban Refugee (uncredited)
  • Alec Rayme known as Terrorist (uncredited)
  • Chris Reid known as Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
  • Colvin Roberson known as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
  • Joey Robinson known as Raza's Party Goer 2 (uncredited)
  • Hayden Schlossberg known as Dancing Monkey in Costume Shop (uncredited)
  • Charity Schubert known as Flight Attendant (uncredited)
  • Greg Sproles known as Air Marshal #1 (uncredited)
  • Bill Stinchcomb known as Homeland Security Agent (uncredited)
  • Odessa Sykes known as Lady of the Evening (uncredited)
  • Anand Vadehra known as Terrorist #1 (uncredited)
  • Chuck Vail known as Wedding Groomsman (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • J.D. Bowers known as prosthetics lab technician: W.M. Creations Inc.
  • J.D. Bowers known as prosthetics sculptor: W.M. Creations Inc.
  • Sallie Ciganovich known as key hair stylist
  • Sharisse Fine known as department head hair stylist
  • Hildie Ginsberg known as makeup department head
  • Stacey Herbert known as additional makeup artist (as Stacey Taniguchi)
  • Jamie Kelman known as special makeup effects artist
  • Ryan McDowell known as prosthetic sculptor
  • Rey Medrano known as additional hair stylist
  • Rita C. Moore known as additional hair stylist
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as special makeup designer (as Matthew Mungle)
  • Christopher Payne known as makeup effects lab technician: W.M. Creations
  • Kent Richard known as key hair stylist
  • Aimee Stuit known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • C. Alan Berry known as construction gangboss
  • John Blanchard known as construction general foreman
  • Eddie Burcham known as set dresser
  • George Cawood known as creative director: main title sequence
  • Gloria Hardison Clark known as art department coordinator
  • Ken Deubel III known as lead scenic
  • Terry Deubel known as paint foreman
  • Walter Dickerson known as swing set dresser
  • Justin Freeman known as carpenter
  • Michael Hendrick known as leadman
  • Juliana Hoffpauir known as on-set dresser
  • Troy A. Johnson known as construction buyer
  • Topher Kaminski known as greensman
  • Joey Kent known as carpenter
  • Joey Kent known as painter
  • Myron Meek known as carpenter (as Meek L. Myron)
  • Dave Merry known as lead greensman (as David Blair Merry)
  • Sonda L. Rowland known as painter
  • Chuck Stringer known as construction coordinator
  • Brandon Swindle known as construction utility technician
  • Gary Thomas known as storyboard artist
  • Joe Walsh known as set dresser
  • Andrew Wert known as property master
  • Penny Wesney known as painter

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Company

Production Companies:

  • New Line Cinema (presents)
  • Kingsgate Films
  • Mandate Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Betafish Music  additional music courtesy of
  • Betafish Music  additional music
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  remote camera systems
  • Deluxe  color and prints
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound post-production
  • Eastwood Scoring Stage  score mixed at
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Fairfield Studios  sound post-production (additional video editing)
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Final Word, The  loop group
  • Framework Studio  main title design (as Framework Studio LA)
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • LaserPacific  digital intermediate services (as Laser Pacific Media Corporation)
  • Mansfield Studios  sound stages
  • Marshall/Plumb Research Associates  script research
  • Momentous Insurance Brokerage  insurance
  • Momentous Insurance Brokerage  production insurance services
  • Northwest Sinfonia  score performed by
  • NovaStar Digital  sound re-recording
  • Panavision  cameras and lenses
  • RPM Music Preparation  music preparation
  • Runway  Avids provided by
  • Runway  post-production
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  stock footage
  • Todd-AO Studios  re-recorded at
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility

Distributors:

  • New Line Cinema (2008) (worldwide) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Pioneer Films (2008) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • C More Entertainment Norge (2009) (Norway) (TV)
  • Continental Film (2008) (Croatia) (DVD)
  • FS Film Oy (2008) (Finland) (DVD)
  • PlayArte Home Vídeo (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Reality Check Studios

Visual Effects by:

  • Dave Isaac Santos Abuel known as visual effects (as Dave Santos Abuel)
  • Mandy Arnold known as digital restoration artist
  • Hoon Bae known as visual effects artist
  • Craig Bilsky known as digital laboratory project manager
  • David Cole known as digital colourist
  • Donnie Creighton known as digital intermediate producer
  • Raymond Gieringer known as visual effects supervisor: on-set
  • Ryan Helsley known as digital intermediate producer
  • Heather Holty known as digital laboratory project manager
  • Jason Howey known as visual effects
  • Sadie D. Johnson known as digital intermediate assistant producer
  • Aaron Kaminar known as visual effects supervisor
  • Vincent Lavares known as data manager: Laser Pacific
  • Shira Mandel known as junior rotoscope artist
  • Bruce Mann known as digital compositor
  • Sean Nowlan known as visual effects producer
  • Mike Spring known as visual effects artist
  • Mai Suzuki known as digital restoration artist
  • Cameron Thomas known as visual effects
  • Vivian Wei known as visual effects: Reality Check Studios

Release Date:

  • Singapore 24 April 2008
  • Canada 25 April 2008
  • USA 25 April 2008
  • Iceland 14 May 2008
  • Philippines 14 May 2008
  • Ireland 30 May 2008
  • UK 30 May 2008
  • France 16 July 2008
  • Portugal 17 July 2008
  • Netherlands 5 August 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Mexico 22 August 2008
  • Australia 4 September 2008
  • Greece 3 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 7 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Russia 14 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 17 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 23 October 2008
  • Finland 12 November 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 14 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Norway 10 May 2009 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. JustCuriosity from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:00 pm

    As a fan of Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, I really didn't thinkthey could recapture the magic of the first film in the sequel. Sequelsare, so often, horrible disappointments. But the World Premiere ofHarold & Kumar Escape from Gauntanamo Bay last night as Austin's SXSWFilm Festival was simply awesome. The audience loved America's favoriteslackers on their next adventure as their trip to Amsterdam goesincredibly wrong.

    Whereas the first film challenged racism and stereotyping, this onecontinued the theme into issues of racial profiling and War on Terrorparanoia. These multicultural slackers are becoming American every-menthat we can all relate to. While there are times when Harold & Kumar'santics are just plain silly, they are also incredible human characterswho are struggling with real challenges around parents, romance,friendship, the law, and race. Harold & Kumar make us laugh while theyalso challenge our perceptions and expectations of social and politicalreality.

    Cho and Penn were wonderful reprising their original roles. NealPatrick Harris was back again as a strange variant of himself. RodCorddry provides a wonderful addition to the cast as the completelyparanoid government agent. Overall, the film is perhaps a tad below theoriginal, but a tad below excellent is still a wonderful comic rompthat all fans of the original and many new fans should enjoy. Unlikethe first film which gained a cult following on DVD, Harold and KumarEscape from Guatanamo Bay will undoubtedly be a huge hit in thetheaters. The audience here in Austin absolutely loved the two lovableanti-heroes. I look forward to many more adventures from Harold andKumar.

  2. Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois
    30 Mar 2012, 5:00 pm

    I am getting so addicted to Harold and Kumar's crazy adventures, it'sjust pathetic, when I saw Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, I washooked and bought the movie the next day. So obviously I was so excitedto see Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, saw it opening dayand it's non stop laughs still! Now, I do hate gross humor, it'sdisgusting and unoriginal, yet, somehow, Harold and Kumar make it sounbelievably funny. They're back and this time they are taking theworld by storm! Kal Penn and John Cho are such a great pair and madethis sequel so much fun to watch. I agree, it does get offensive attimes, but if you don't take this movie seriously, I think you'll belaughing too. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is one of thefunniest movies I have seen this year in the theater.

    Harold and Kumar are on their way to Amsterdam to visit Harold's love,Maria, but of course, Kumar just can't wait until they get toAmsterdam, so he smokes on a plane, but everyone mistakes the bong fora bomb and Harold and Kumar get thrown into Guantanamo Bay. When theyhave the chance, they take it. When they finally arrive back inAmerica, they got to meet Kumar's ex girlfriend's fiancée who couldpull some strings to get their charges clear, but the way to Texas is along road and they have to face some interesting obstacles.

    Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay was so much fun to watch, Iloved this sequel, the cast looked like they had the ultimate blastmaking this film. The scenes that got huge laughs from me was when theFBI agent offers grape soda to a guy to get information about whereHarold and Kumar were, and some guy in the back round says "How aboutsome Kool Aid?!", also the scene with the return of the weed bag withKumar and his ex girlfriend was so weird, that it was actually funny.If you loved Harold & Kumar go to White Castle, you'll love Harold &Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, it's a comedy not to miss.

    8/10

  3. prateekarora from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:00 pm

    Oh my god, I still don't know what hit me. I have been a big fan of thefirst part but this one is a different league guys. Not a single boringmoment, very nice editing. And our favorite characters have done itagain. They didn't leave a single stereotype and ignorance untouched inthe movie.

    Trust me it will not be fair to compare the White Castle part with thisone, as this is just a different experience no less than a rollercoaster ride of genuine comedy. This movie has taken what it did in thefirst one, to the next but different level. To point out, as prettyclear from the uncensored trailers, it was awesome to see NPH and G"Dubya" Bush. Cho and Penn are just non-stop fun and have some reallyhot girl friends. From Ta-Ta's of girls to bottom less parties, nothingfelt out of place. We also get to know allot about H&K's past.

    It deserves a standing ovation and that's what it got from the audiencein the theater. Oh man, I am so getting this on DVD when the extendedunrated version comes out.

  4. jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa
    30 Mar 2012, 5:00 pm

    If you enjoyed Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and have anyreservations about the sequel, fear not. Harold & Kumar Escape fromGuantanamo Bay may not be quite the same as its predecessor, but itbrings enough of the story mechanics back and the stoner humor thatmade it a cult success. Writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg,also serving as directors this time around, have upped the ante likethe sequel cliché goes. There is more nudity, (with a bottomless party,how could there not?), a lot more swearing, and just plain oldvulgarities every single second. As for the premise's blatant sendingup of racial stereotypes and epithets, even those get a shot ofadrenaline going from the city streets of Alabama, a KKK kegger, andthe bigoted government officials unable to decipher the weird Chinesedialect, called English, spoken by Harold's parents. It definitelyisn't pretty, bodily fluids flow freely, but the laughs never cease.When your goal is to bring the funny and there are times in the theatrewhen one can't hear the next line because of uproarious laughter, youknow success is yours.

    The beauty of this film is the amount of fun you know these guys arehaving. To get all the principals back for a second go round of a filmthat did no bank at the box office is quite the feat. Sure DVD salesand internet buzz was huge for the original, but did anyone ever thinkthe boys would actually get to Amsterdam on the big screen? I know Ididn't have that much faith. People could badmouth this effort veryeasily for many reasons, most obvious is the fact that it is prettymuch the exact same film as the first. Yet, there were very fewinstances where I wasn't laughing let alone smiling at the proceedings.When else can you see a nod to the classics like The Goonies done sowell? My biggest concern going in was with the war on terrorism satirethat the trailers tried so hard to get across. When you put in an actorto play someone like George W. Bush, it can backfire and go completelyawry. Surprisingly, though, that scene, amongst others, is actuallypretty well done. The ineptitude of the American government isportrayed often—and actor Rob Corddry is the worst part of the filmspearheading that aspect; I just don't like his schtick—yet there isalways someone there to play the other side (Roger Bart) and show thatwhile they know there are mistakes, they aren't a bunch of buffoonsgoing around willy-nilly. If nothing else this film should be creditedfor finally having the guts to poke fun at the tragedy of 9-11. It'sbeen so long and I think that humor is necessary for any sort ofhealing process. To have the fortitude to do the airplane scene withKumar laughing in his Taliban garb motioning a crashing airport is notsomething to tread with lightly. Hurwitz and Schlossberg decided to gopedal to the metal with this film and they never make a compromise,kudos to them for that.

    The film begins right where the first left off and everyone is still inthe same frame of mind. To add a little spice to the mix, we do getintroduced to a new character, Vanessa, an old flame of Kumar's. Beingthat she is about to marry an aspiring politician, the inclusion notonly plays into the need of a love interest, (Maria is still inAmsterdam, and of course we all know the boys don't make it off theplane to see her), but also into the ability to bring the government inthrough his connections. Being on the cusp of even having the Presidentattend his wedding, who better to go to for help in absolving theirterrorist accusations? Vanessa is well played by the attractive DanneelHarris in a role that doesn't get much screen time. She is, however,involved in probably my favorite scene of the film—a flashback on howshe meets Kumar and shows him the world of narcotics. It is a fantasticsequence helping to align his brains with the lifestyle he has begun tolive in…and there is a brilliant cameo by Harold that brought the housedown.

    Of course the movie would be nothing without John Cho and Kal Penn, thetitular characters respectively. Their rapport is fully intact and theshenanigans they get into are the impetus of the story. It's a shamethat Cho is in practically nothing and Penn has been relegated to roleswithout lines (Superman Returns) and television ("24" and "House")because they could do so much better (as evidenced with The Namesake).This is their film and they do not disappoint, right until the endcredits. There are a lot of cameos here as well, mostly from peoplethat we saw in the original. Playing themselves in either stereotypicalways or as the butt of a racial joke, it's good to see them have asense of humor. If only everyone in real life could have that attitudethey wouldn't be cultivating racism by the sheer fact they accuseeveryone of it. While that is probably another discussion for anothertime, at least this broad comedy has enough cultural value to realizeit and put it into the minds of college kids for whom the film targets.

    Oh, and did I mention Neil Patrick Harris? No? Well that must bebecause he is so brilliant words can't even describe. What a conclusionto his arc, just fantastic.

  5. djworkshard from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:00 pm

    First let me say this movie was hilarious. Definitely a stoner movie,and as funny as the first. Actually, it may be funnier. Like mostsequels they don't usually top the first one, and in most cases rehashthe same old jokes. The story beings hours after their "White Castle"gorging ("Prepare to gorge yourself"),and after mistaking a "bong" fora "bomb", on their way to Amsterdam, Harold & Kumar are sent toGuantanmo Bay, and a chain reaction of foolishness and tomfooleryensues. Lots of cameo's in this one, so you movie lovers keep an eyeout. See if you can spot Freakshow from "White Castle" in a completelyreversed role. If you're a fan of the first one, you will absolutelylove "Guantanamo Bay." Go Roldy!! Go Kumi!!

  6. active18yos from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:00 pm

    Based on the 7.4 IMDb rating, I went to a theater tonight to see thislatest H&K flick. White Castle was appealing. This one seems to be anattempt to compete with the lousiest movies of recent years. Anysmatterings of funniness are overwhelmed by the unnecessary raunchinessand absolute war on political correctness. There's a way to subtlyinsert non-PC stuff that maintains the entertainment level. WhiteCastle had that. This story's framework had the potential to become amuch funnier and nicer-spirited script. One character is soover-the-top and offensive (even for this film) that he seems to havejumped in from a different movie set. Why the two leads would agree tobe in this product is beyond me. I walked out after a half hour. Tenbucks (literally) down the toilet. Now I see that it's up to a 7.6! Arethe almost 7500 votes exclusively from 15 year-old boys?

  7. dyl_gon from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:00 pm

    The first Harold and Kumar wasn't a financial hit on its initialrelease, but became somewhat of a cult-classic on DVD. Yes, stonercomedies are far too many and often unfunny, but Harold and Kumarsucceeded where most failed. The jokes were fresh and original, therewas barely even a plot (which was part of the appeal) and it starredtwo ethnic minorities, which is a rarity for film these days. It's nowonder that a sequel has been released; the only surprise is how muchthis new Harold and Kumar film misses the mark.

    Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay picks up immediately afterthe predecessors end, with the two stoner buddies heading on a plane toAmsterdam. However, Kumar's bong is mistaken for an explosivemid-flight and the two buddies are arrested under suspicion of beingterrorists. Despite their best efforts, the duo are sent to GuantanamoBay, where they end up breaking out and going on a road-trip of sortsacross America, evading the authorities.

    I don't mind crude humor in comedies. Vulgarity can be funny in certainjokes. However, when the joke is the vulgarity itself, well, that's notfunny. Penises, semen, flatulence, urine and excrement can be funny injokes, but in itself are not funny. There's nothing comical about Kumarmasturbating and spraying semen over himself, nor is there anythingfunny about Kumar's friend revealing his pubic hair entrenched penis.This is below low-brow humor; it's the type of jokes that a 12-year oldwho just hit puberty would come up with if asked to write a movie. Inthe first Harold and Kumar, there were plenty of funny jokes and almostnone of them were vulgar. In this installment, there's lots ofvulgarity, but there aren't even many jokes. Just crudeness for thesake of being crude.

    The rest of the jokes pretty much consist of the antagonist makingstereotypes about African-Americans, Arabs and Jewish people. Onceagain, I don't mind jokes involving stereotypes, but simply having aman suggest Jewish people can't resist picking up pennies or blackslove grape soda isn't funny. It's the type of humor that might make akid below the age of 10 laugh, but no one any older, unless they areindeed stoned. There's no substance to it. There's nothing remotelyclever about it or even funny in a stupid way, just stereotypes actedout on the big screen. The movie is painfully unfunny, which is a shamebecause there's some decent talent behind it. John Cho has a certaincharm to him as Harold and Kal Penn, although slightly annoying, hasproved himself funny in the previous installment. You get the feelingthat with better writing, the duo really could have delivered ahilarious film.

    But even the films complete ineptitude in the laughs department isn'tits biggest fault. The most aggravating thing about Harold and Kumar 2is how this low-brow, schlocky comedy tries to make it appear as ifthere's some political message behind it or it had anything importantto say. It seems to have worked, because it currently holds a 54% atRottentomatoes (meaning more than half of critics liked it) and most ofthese positive reviews mention the political undertones. Simply put,this movie has nothing to say. Sure, George Bush is in it. That doesn'tmean it has anything thoughtful to say about the Bush administration.He smokes pot and acts stupid. If there is any political message behindthe film, it's nothing any deeper than Bush is stupid.

    And frankly, that pisses me off. Not because I like Bush (to thecontrary actually), but because the movie takes no risks. Bush-jokeshave become so common and so over-done. This movie bills itself asoffensive. Making fun of George Bush is possibly the least offensivething you could do these days. Everyone has done it. Same goes forimplying that America is racist. If there is something offensive aboutHarold and Kumar 2, it's that it plays it safe. There's nothingremotely risky about any of it. Why not take a different slant and saythat the American Government really isn't racist? That minorities areoverly sensitive about issues such as searching people at customs? Howabout saying that often stereotypes can be true, and that if a 6-foottall, African-American man dressed like a gangster and holding a leadpipe comes at you during the night, he is probably trouble and not agood Samaritan trying to help you (which happens in the movie by theway)? It's not that the film goes contrary to my point of view. It'sthat it tries to appear offensive and politically incorrect, whenreally it isn't any more offensive than an Ashton Kutcher rom-com.

    That's what really sinks Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.Not that it isn't funny, but that it has nothing to say, and doesn'ttake risks. The reason that South Park can be appreciated, even whencertain episodes are unfunny, is because the creators aren't afraid tovoice their minds. They go against the grain, often against my ownopinions, as well as the majority of the publics, and you have torespect them for that. All that can be said for Harold and Kumar 2 isthat the creators try to be as appealing and un-PC as possible, whileappearing they're not.

  8. masercot from Manassas, Va
    30 Mar 2012, 5:00 pm

    I saw this movie on Saturday and laughed aloud throughout.

    This movie is not for everyone. There is nudity as well as drug andbodily function humor; however, it is definitely funny. Unlike mostdrug-themed movies, Harold and Kumar doesn't show the boys as being acouple of baked idiots, but as an intelligent sensitive individualpaired with a baked idiot. Much like Bruce Willis' Blind Date, it onlytakes one person with absolutely no impulse control to make your lifehell. As they said in Star Wars, however, there is another.

    Neil Patrick Harris, after a cameo in the first movie, plays the samecharacter only much further off the deep end than before. He is amushroom-gobbling, whore-branding sociopath who makes Kumar look likean ivy league professor.

    I must warn those who have seen the first movie. There are no cheetahs.

    I am sorry…

  9. FwankFwank from Minnesota, United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:00 pm

    I loved the first one, and couldn't wait to see the next one. Most ofits humor is either racial, sexual, or drug-related, so if you aren'tinto that, steer clear of this one. If you can appreciate that type ofhumor you will be laughing throughout the entire movie. It is alsofilled with many ridiculous "wtf" funny moments, reminiscent of thecheetah scene from the last movie. The movie itself isn't offensive,but a lot of the characters are, and Neil Patrick Harris returns onceagain and really stole the show for me. Some of the jokes are derivedfrom the first movie, so I really recommend seeing the first one beforeyou see this to get acquainted with the characters. So go grab somefriends and get ready to laugh, one of the funniest movies of the year!

  10. Ajo Paul from India
    30 Mar 2012, 5:00 pm

    Kal Penn has done it again. The premise was set perfectly and the movietook us through the different oddities about the paranoid and mad waysof American reactions to war against terror. These two gentlemen areput behind bars and sent of Guantanama Bay. The journey begins thereand its a fun ride ahead. The movie apart from being rip roaring funny,also brings out lot of mistaken or rather true clichés of Americansociety. Be it geographical ethnic or even racist. The sensitivesubjects are treated pretty nicely. I should say hilariously too. Theexpression Kal Penn brings about for different situations are perfectand fits the scenes very well. Trust me he's got a funny looking face.

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