Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

May 7th, 2008 by exolstice

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Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle wasn’t exactly a title designed to lure in viewers like myself, or anyone for that matter. The first film did very poorly at the box office. The prospect of watching a couple of stoners on the hunt for burgers from a practically unknown fast food chain did not interest me in the slightest. The only reason I even gave it a chance on DVD was because of a glowing recommendation from a friend with similar tastes. And I’m glad I did.

This sequel takes place immediately after the first film, and sees our two heroes get arrested for terrorism and sent to Guantanamo Bay prison while on a flight to Amsterdam. The film shows their subsequent escape, run from the law, and fight to clear their names. It may sound like the premise to a political thriller, but it’s not, this is low brow humor at its best (or worst).

In fact, unless you’re too young to understand some of the subtext involved in certain gags or if you’ve got a really open mind when it comes to comedy, you definitely won’t enjoy this movie. Especially if your leanings tend to sway on the conservative side of things. I have a hard time imagining Republicans laughing at the parody which is made in this film of their illustrious leader, but for my part I couldn’t help but laugh at Dubya hiding from Cheney in his guest house with Harold and Kumar, to smoke drugs, and discuss the finer points of “cock meat” sandwiches, “terrorizers,” and “hyprocrisizers.”

If you enjoyed the first film, then just know you’ll be getting more of the same but pushed even further, stretching the limits of good taste, and then just blowing past them without looking back. And it works. Neil Patrick Harris also returns “as himself” and he really is the highlight of the film. Oh, and stay until the end of the credits (which you should be doing anyway, but I digress) for an extra surprise.

***½

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