Harold and Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay Review

by Ed Lau on April 25, 2008

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

When we last left our weed-smoking heroes, Harold and Kumar, they had just eaten…well, 30 freakin’ burgers from White Castle and it takes the sequel all of thirty seconds to remind us of exactly that, courtesy of a gigantic and disgusting sounding crap.

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front…if you’re looking for any sort of social commentary, artistic expression or hell, any semblance of intelligent thought, then you’re probably watching the wrong movie. However, if you just want to turn off your brain for awhile and enjoy some jokes about bodily functions, racism (lots of it) and lots and lots of drugs, then go see Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay. I’m not going to elaborate on that last point any more but getting…uh, in the spirit of the film, just might makes it more awesome.

In the first film, Harold finally gets the guts to ask out the hot girl in his building, Maria, who just happens to be off to Amsterdam. If you don’t already know, Amsterdam is the sex and drugs capital of the world. In other words, it is the most awesome place on the freakin’ planet so it doesn’t take much for Kumar to convince Harold to fly over to see Maria.

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Of course, a land full of legalized marijuana isn’t about to stop Kumar from trying to light up on the airplane, which gets them thrown into Gitmo after an elderly, white passenger mistakes Kumar for a terrorist with a bomb…rather than a bong. To clear their names, Harold and Kumar have to get themselves to Texas to see if a politically connected friend can help them clear their names. Oh, and did I mention this guy is getting married to Kumar’s ex-girlfriend? Anyways, a smoke-filled journey similar to the first movie’s ensues.

Of course, the best thing about this movie is Neil Patrick Harris, who once again plays an extreme, satirical version of himself. At least I think he’s satirical since I’m pretty sure NPH doesn’t really drive while popping mushrooms and chasing unicorns.

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Neil Patrick Harris

Either way, this movie probably isn’t for everyone. My advice is to watch the first one, which will properly gauge how much you’d enjoy the second. If you thought Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle is entirely retarded, then you probably wouldn’t want to waste your hard earned $11.95 at the movie theater. However, if you happen to own the first film on DVD and have seen it at least five times, then you’ll probably think Harold and Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay is as awesome as Darth Vader shredding on an electric guitar…that’s on fire.

Actually, there are some underlying lessons here, mostly to do with racism and the state of hysteria in the Western world which causes people to see terrorism where there really isn’t any. But let’s face it, the movie isn’t a political commentary. I also realize I haven’t said too much about the actual plot or jokes but…there’s a reason the movie is rated R. It’s all pretty much…inappropriate for this site.

I know I’m not usually a fan of mindless comedy but at least Harold and Kumar doesn’t pretend to be something it really isn’t. The jokes are mostly disgusting and there’s gratuitous nudity (there’s a…bottomless party going on in Miami) but Harold and Kumar 2 is throughly enjoyable as long as you don’t think about it too much…and with some “assistance”.

Verdict: 7.0 out of 10

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

watch bones April 26, 2008 at 7:01 am

This movie is all the hype right now. Everyone wants to go see it but i havn’t seen the prequels so i have no idea what herold and kumar are about. I’m probably gonna end up watching it anyways


Mike Huang April 26, 2008 at 10:36 am

Hopefully I’ll get to watch it within a week :)



djromanj April 27, 2008 at 12:01 am

just saw the movie, freaking awesome….NPH tripping out while having a conversation with the antagonist , freaking halirious


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