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A Reader Reviews HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY!!

Merrick here...
I liked the first film and am looking forward to the second, even though I think our reader Stephen is probably correct in his assessment.
Here's Stephen...
Harold and Kumar shocked the world when it didn’t turn out to be the most obvious corporate whoring of a product in Hollywood history. White Castle had its very name in the title and the main characters were off to eat these supposedly delicious burgers. Yet somehow inside of this evil concept we were given a stoner duo that could join the ranks of Cheech and Chong or even Jay and Silent Bob. It even dared to squeeze in a little subversive message about race relations and the pursuit of the American dream. When we last saw our two heroes, they had just feasted on 30 burgers and Harold was going to follow his newfound ladylove to Amsterdam. The film continues instantly from that every last moment. After being wrongly imprisoned for being terrorists they escape from Guantanamo and make their way back to the U.S., I can imagine the writers sitting in a room locked away for hours trying to write another movie titled Harold and Kumar go to Amsterdam but for one reason or another it didn’t work or maybe it would be too much like Euro trip, who knows, all we do know is that instead they took a different route to get these two back in a car and on the run towards comedic hilarity with plenty of great moments that I won’t spoil. Surprisingly the escape from Guantanamo Bay takes all but the first ten minutes of the film - which gives our heroes plenty of time to run from the law, smoke plenty of weed, and run into plenty of weird characters. I’m pleased to report this sequel should please any fans of the first film. It’s consistently funny all through out. It's a pleasure to once again watch Kal Penn and John Cho play against each other with the same flare that made them such a joy to watch the first time around. Along the way, the writers have scripted quite a number of hit or miss set pieces. Some will feel a little too familiar and it seems like they are just treading a lot of the same old racial jokes such as the scary red neck in the woods gag. This is easily forgiven though when we’re given plenty of random female nudity to keep us distracted when the film slows down for the obligatory plot moments. Richard Christy does his best to play the evil ignorant white government employee, but so much of it is forced that his best moments are few and far between. Due to popular demand, Neil Patrick Harris returns and does about everything you expect him to do. Unfortunately, a chance to take Doogie on a trip unlike any other (I’ll give you a hint it involves a great white unicorn that appears out of nowhere) is squandered. Which brings me to my over all problem with the film. It lacks the element of surprise that made so many of the first films jokes so funny. Instead of repeating some of those best moments, they could have created a few more new ones instead. Harold’s mission to go after Maria is all but lost and unfairly rushed in the last five minutes. These are really all just the typical problems you get with any sequel, so take them as tiny annoyances instead of big problems. They don’t make or break the film, and in the end I loved the first and really liked the second. Stephen


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  • Feb. 20, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    plantage abounds

    by ironic_name

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Lots of things are funny when I am stoned..

    by Baron Karza

    But there is no way this is on the list.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Utterly Pointless

    by MIkeYH

    The first one was a little gem of a movie, clever and unexpected. This will be a rehash (pun intended), and clearly the writers of this movie aren't smart enough to think of new gags. Plus can we please for fucks sake stop having the obligatory stupid white blow hard cop/government official/random republican in ever motherfucking movie.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    As long as it doesn't totally suck

    by CherryValance

    I'm really looking forward to this, but I don't expect much from comedies, let alone sequels. So if this is even kinda funny, I'll be happy. I was so convinced the first one would be crap that I don't think I even saw it until it was on TBS or something. But it was a hoot. So I'll definitely be seeing this one.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Is this Richard Christy...

    by Sailor Rip

    from the Stern show? "How you doing? What you been up to? So how's things? But seriously...how you been?"

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    and you mean to tell me...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...a whole gaggle of writers couldn't sit down and write a stoner movie set in Amsterdam.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    What's that PLANT harold and kumar love smoking?

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    I forget the name of it, not tobacco.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST

    "Here's a fun fact - you made out with your sister!"

    by tonagan

    I love EuroTrip.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Harold & Kumar 2: Baywatch Nights

    by scudd

    So does this movie have an extended topless scene like the first one?

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I thought it was Rob Cordry

    by TruPhan

    Maybe I was wrong.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    random female nudity

    by TheBloop

    don't knock it. the old stand by still works.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    stoner humor

    by Marillion

    So.. These movies are funny because two losers get stoned all the time, or because it shows how stupid people can be when all they think about is getting stoned? Utterly pointless.. Just like Cheech and Chong, but I guess when you're stoned, you don't care about that.. Ah well...

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Guy....

    by Jason B. Swaim

    Nice, I was thinking of an inventive way to say PLANT! I like yours the best.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I think he means Rob Corddry

    by Freakemovie

    Cause that's definitely who's in the movie.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    not a plant

    by Freakemovie

    And even if it was, I saw this a couple weeks ago and I felt pretty much exactly the same about it as him.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    The first one was lame.

    by Dwide Shrewd

    It's a "Vacation" movie with pot humor. Just a string of things going wrong with "random female nudity" splashed here and there to keep the juvenile ADD crowd in their seats. I'll be skipping this one, thanks.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Well

    by Magma Suit

    I'M excited. But maybe that's just me.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    "Bullets, my only weakness."

    by DanielKurland

    First film surprised the hell out of me, in terms of how much I enjoyed it. And now I actually like Neil Patrick Harris, so I think I'll enjoy it a lot more.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Marillion

    by TheBloop

    Love the band! Clutching at Straws in my favorite cd of theirs.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    A sequel

    by skimn

    that mines material from the original..??!! Why thats never happened before!!

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Amazed people saw the first one

    by skywalkerfamily

    It was utter crap.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Does NPH now crave hot dogs with extra mayo?

    by HellKing

    Just asking.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Come on, the first one was O.K. . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . it had some smart humor in it, but definitely had a lot of crap. I still can't stand how they missed the boat w/ the antagonists. When making a semi-intelligent comedy w/ an anti-racism message, feel free to make your bad guys a little better than rejects from a Mt.Dew commercial, yelling "extreme!" Not too far off the subject I hope, but the other day my mother-in-law said The Big Lebowski was just another stoner movie. I wanted to hit her w/ a fucking brick.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    PLANT motherfuCKER!

    by tme2nsb

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    oh

    by tme2nsb

    And I liked the first one. I still like it. Only like. i would have rather have watched their jew friends go to krispy kreme, as that was the intended "sequel"

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Harold and Kumar had moments BUT

    by Sepulchrave

    it wasn't a stoner comedy. They have some weed at the beginning (that seems to have zero effect on them) and then lose their stuff, have adventures and decide (ugh) that being an investment banker and going to med school are great ideas after all. The racial aspects of the comedy were good and it was well played but hardly a proper loser film.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    and forgive me if I'm hallucinating

    by Sepulchrave

    But hasn't this been out for AGES?

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    "I wanted to hit her w/ a fucking brick."

    by chrth

    So do it. Not a jury in the world would convict you.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Movies set in Amsterdam suck

    by hallmitchell

    So I"m glad they didn't go there. Everyone thinks it will be funny and risque. Yet Deuce Bigalow and Cheech and Chong set movies there and both sucked.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Harold and Kumar Go To the Crisco Disco

    by Ricky Retardo

    Harold and Kumar Go To Hell (and stay there)

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    the first harold and kumar

    by t40stunt

    fucking sucked . hope this is better but i doubt it .

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    joeelliott...i agree

    by bacci40

    i may be old and jaded, but i just dont get the appeal of these movies...of course, i didnt get american pie either

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Maybe use White Castle's competitor ...?

    by Boris Baddenov

    "Harold & Kumar Go To Krystal's." Just add extra pickles & mustard to the ganja, eh?

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Harold & Kumar's dorm buddies from the first flick

    by NoCalFlicks

    They should make a movie about their adventure to hotdog heaven. I forgot their names....something like Goldman and Rothstein or something...!?!

  • Feb. 21, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Boris

    by FatherMcGruderKicksAssForTheLord

    Bad idea. "H & K Go To Krystals" would inevitably lead to part 3, "Ring Of Fire: Harold & Kumar Shit Their Asses At 4am".