Friday, April 25, 2008

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
Writer/Directors: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Kal Penn, John Cho

If you liked the first one, then you know exactly what you're getting yourself into if you see this stoner comedy. It's pretty much a clone of the first movie, but more offensive all the way around.

Since the characters have already been established, this film takes advantage of its opportunity to incorporate more political jabs and societal jokes, and it does that pretty well for a comedy that's supposed to be kind of stupid. I think the filmmakers realized that most of their audience for the last movie was made up of high schoolers and younger college kids, so they figured that that same audience would have matured slightly in the four years since the first one came out. I didn't mind the shift in tone - in fact, the scene I thought I would hate the most from the trailer (the one with President Bush) actually ended up being one of the more enjoyable scenes in the entire thing.

Escape From Guantanamo Bay picks up right where H&K Go To White Castle left off, and follows the pot-smoking duo as they track Harold's true love Maria to Amsterdam. As you can imagine, it's not quite as simple as that: Rob Corrdy gets involved and throws the concept of "politically correct" out the window with some of the funniest scenes in the movie, most of which involved stereotypes of multiple races and ethnicities. And yes - NPH is back, and as classic as ever. Here's one of the first posters that came out promoting the movie a couple months ago:

I fear I'll give away too much if I say any more about it. Suffice it to say that I wasn't expecting it to be as funny as the first one, but I thought it turned out to be about the same caliber. Listen for a special song in a slow-mo car entrance scene that had us cracking up in the theater and don't forget to stay until after the credits are over for another scene you won't want to miss if you're a fan of this franchise. Until next time...

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