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Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (Unrated Edition)
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Studio: New Line Home Video Release Date: 07/29/2008 Rating: Ur

Beginning precisely where Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle left off, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay takes the film franchise in a more boorish and spuriously topical direction. Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) take an ill-fated flight to Amsterdam, during which Kumar's suspicious-looking bong is mistaken for a bomb. Their arrest prompts a wild-eyed, racist Homeland Security nut (Rob Corddry) to send the boys to indefinite lockup at Guantanamo Bay, where beefy guards sexually subjugate "enemy combatants." The duo manage to get away and make it back to the U.S., hoping the well-connected fiance (Eric Winter) of Kumar's old girlfriend, Vanessa (Danneel Harris), can get them out of their mess. During a dangerous and grotesque odyssey to Texas (where Vanessa is marrying her rich and vain boyfriend, much to Kumar's dismay), Harold and Kumar have episodic encounters with the Ku Klux Klan, a one-eyed, inbred monster, and old friend Neil Patrick Harris (as himself), who swallows fistfuls of magic mushrooms and drags the boys to a brothel stop that goes terribly wrong.

The desultory comedy strikes a lowbrow tone from its opening scene (Harold takes a shower while Kumar has a diarrhea attack) and doesn't get much more interesting than that. If there's a bodily fluid that doesn't rate a joke in Guantanamo Bay, it doesn't exist. The persistent sight gags about weed (including a smoky visit with President Bush) never reach the kind of giddy pitch that pot humor requires, leaving a lot of the film's comedy just hanging like dead space. The sequel's attempt to say something, albeit in a gross way, about the state of the country during the Bush years is obvious and empty. Really, there isn't a lot of reason for Guantanamo Bay to have been made, except to print money. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • Awesome
    People may say it's not as good as the first one but I think that is only because of the prejudice you automatically have when a second movie gets released.
    This one is great because they have managed to capture the essence of the first movie. If they could not get the same actors it would not have been worth making....
    So do yourself a favour and get it! An instant classic!
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  • Stupid but funny
    It starts out a little dry but antes up and stays consistently good soon enough into the movie. It's downright stupid, but it's easy to laugh at.

    From the "sandwich" that's fed to them in prison, to the overzealous government official who uses the 5th Amendment to the Constitution in an unorthdoxo way, the fun is vulgar - the kind that a guy can appreciate.

    You won't learn anything from this movie, and it may even cause your IQ to plummet, but you'll do so grinning....more info
    This is one of the funniest movies I have ever watched. I absolutely loved it, I think it was better than the first one....more info
  • The New Millenium's Cheech and Chong
    I wasn't expecting it, but this movie actually made me laugh in several places. It is slap-stick comedy -- not usually my favorite, but they get a few good lines in there. This schtick has all been done before, but I guess today's generation needs their very own Cheech and Chong and Harold and Kumar fit the bill.

    Warning: There is a lot of sexually explicit activity going on and some REALLY gross scenes....more info
  • Entertaining but Predictable
    While I highly enjoyed the first chapter in this saga, I was a little disappointed by the second. Harold and Kumar are refreshing comic protagonists for our times, especially as they defeat racial stereotypes of nerdy, no-fun Asians. The first film succeeded because of this fresh, new quality, while their quest for the perfect burger merged elements of crass commercialism, slavering bong-fixated hunger and actual wit...I actually became a little fixated on the first film, along with friends of mine. It has a cult feeling, is something that can be enjoyed again and again, is well-structured and very, very funny. Not so much "Escape from Guantanimo Bay." Everything that was funny and original about "White Castle" is retread and rehashed (pun intended) in this one. The only thing that could possibly kill the insoucient power of the franchise is to serve it up again, with diminishing returns. While "White Castle" is hardly "Citizen Kane," it has surprising depth; in fact, I've conducted an ongoing structural analysis of "White Castle" in relation to Joseph Campbell's hero's journey paradigm, and it is truly a heroic quest narrative...I don't think we need another installment of Harold and Kumar, bottom line. The first was very clever and entertaining, the second plays it safe, which is no fun at all. Not to say there aren't moments in "Escape from Gitmo"--the 'manmeat sandwich' scene, the initial scene on the plane to Amsterdam, when Kumar's bong is mistaken for a bomb...obvious and predictable stuff, but I laughed. Anyway, disappointing overall....more info
  • H&K are back again and better than ever
    There's no question Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay is arguably one of the dumbest comedies you will ever see. Little of it makes sense and none of it is actually possible. Well, I can't say none of it, but most of it is highly unlikely. And yet, the movie has some of the funniest (and most disturbing) scenes you'll ever see on screen. There's what has to be the film world's first bottomless party. There's a 3-way between Kumar, his ex-girlfriend and a large bag of weed (which, like most of the movie, starts of funny, gets funnier, then turns exceedingly disturbing). And there's President Bush toking up with our two anti-heroes. And in between there's all sorts of humor, much of it drug or race related.

    Rob Corddry plays an FBI agent hunting down Harold and Kumar, and he may be the most racist person you'll ever see in a movie. Everyone who isn't white (and Catholic) is a suspect, and the manner in which he goes about trying to get information is painfully racist and funny. Whether it's grape soda and a black witness, or nickels to a Jewish pair of friends (who you'll recognize from the original film), he'll do whatever it takes to get Harold and Kumar and send them back to prison.

    Yes, the movie title involves them escaping from the notorious prison in Cuba, but that portion of the film lasts all of five minutes. And even though the movie starts 5 minutes after the first one ends, the movie isn't really about them going to Amsterdam to find Harold's love. The movie really turns into a cross country trip to Texas to try and clear their names. From Cuba to Miami, through Alabama and Louisiana, the potheads we love to love have to get through all manner of obstacles to try and get to a former classmates wedding, so he can use his connections to save them. Along the way Kumar sees an ex-girlfriend, who coincidentally is getting married to their classmate. He realizes on the spot he's still in love with her, so getting to the wedding now has more purpose. Oh, and of course, Neil Patrick Harris is still driving aimlessly around the country and runs into the guys again. This leads to a scene at a whorehouse, and a shocking conclusion. By the way, don't leave the theater too quickly when the movie ends. Stay for the credits so you don't miss the very end of the film.

    I laughed throughout most of the film, groaned in a couple of places, and had to say 'Oh God!' a couple of times as well. The people in the theater were a strange mix because while most loved it, there were a few who just sat there stonefaced. Why would anyone go to this movie and sit there with a blank look on their face? What did they expect? An Oscar-worthy film? This movie is rude and crude, disgusting and hilarious. It's the kind of movie you go to with a blank mind and have a good time. ...more info
  • Stupidly Funny
    This is really a pot head's movie. There's always a laugh in this film, mostly seeming to concern race. But I found those jokes to be handled in a really funny way. I mean many of the stereotypes explored in this film are rather stupid. So laughing at them makes them even stupider which shows that racism is, indeed, stupid.

    Having said that there is a poltical statement from jump street in this film. Harold and Kumar are sent to Gitmo because they're believed to be terrortist, despite their protests. If that's not saying something then I don't know what is. Their parents are treated awfully, which is again another statement.

    In fact this movie could be considered a political comedy, but it's not. It's still got the weed, but to a less degree this time than in the first.

    Everyone is cast really well in this. I was happy to see John Reep(as I think he's rather funny) and he was spot on playing a Southern redneck you'll actually like.(Which, even though he's a Southerner, isn't as easy as you may think.)

    I would hope to be seeing a third film, but if not two is just fine with me. They're going to be classic, stupid comedies....more info
  • Not what I was hoping for
    I have no problem with weed humor which is a big selling point for this movie. The problem is the humor was lacking all around for Guantanamo Bay. I am not sure if Harold and Kumar are trying to follow in Cheech and Chongs footsteps but if they are they have a long way to go. I watched the unrated version and besides for scene where everyone is bottomless it seemed to play as the original. This movie is at best worth one viewing and probably best scene as a rental. Buy the Search for Whitecastle if you want a Harold and Kumar movie. ...more info
  • harold and kumar
    this movie seems to be made for the world were they joke about red necks butt not the other type of people. i guess if your not white you may like it it has it great moment and few sexy ladys butt im getting sick of the low blows to red necks and white people....more info
  • Dreadful Sequel
    Utterly lacking the charm of the first movie, this one bypassed the clever and jumped straight to the crass. It's guilty of the worst sin of bad comedy: making us feel embarrassed or disgusted rather than giving us something funny. I guess the idea is that nervous laughter is as good as real laughter. But to me, that ain't comedy. For example: Kumar masturbating in his bed and ejaculating on himself; or Harold & Kumar being forced to fellate a prison guard. I suppose either situation might have been made funny, but they weren't. We were merely expected to laugh at the outrageousness of seeing these things in a movie. Genius.

    Not to say the movie didn't have some genuinely funny stuff in it, but mostly it was just tedious. So unless you think films like American Pie III are the pinnacle of comedy, do yourself a favor and skip this one....more info
  • Very disappointing
    I really enjoyed the first Harold and Kumar movie. This one was a complete disappointment. Filthy, vile, disgusting -- moronic at best. I very much like Kal Penn as an actor (esp. in "the Namesake"). He has already made a name for himself and has a bright future. I have no idea why he would agree to do a movie like this. I now have zero regard for him as an actor....more info
  • freakin hilarious
    if you liked the first, there is NO WAY you can dislike this one. it's gut-busting funny....more info
  • Well it was a little bit better then the first Herold and Kumar
    Basically the jokes in this film are the same type of comedy as the first film "Herold and Kumar Go To White Castle" only a little better especially the ones involving N.P.H. AKA Neil Patrick Harris. This movie really gets 3.5 stars, because it was funny but not quite laugh out loud funny. ...more info
  • Pretty funny
    This movie is currently at a 3.4 on here and it's much better than that. Sure it's dumb but the first one was even dumber. Their quest in the first was just to get to White Castle this one is a little deeper as they are running away from the authorities and trying to get their girls. Each new encounter they come across is pretty funny and they make a good team, glad to see there will be a part 3....more info
  • funnier than the first
    this movie is so much funnier than the first one, I especially love the part of the bottomless party....more info
  • Not as good as the first
    Although there are several really, funny moments in the movie, overall I would have to say this movie was a big step down from "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle." Now, I will say I wish I could see the "rated" version, or have had it included on the disc as well, because if it got rid of the "gratuitous" sex and nudity scenes, it would probably been more watchable. Most of the gratuitous scenes aren't really funny and are very awkward. The funniest moments are the cleanest, although they really seem to want to beat you over the head with dispelling racial stereotypes while making fun of them.

    Kal Penn and John Cho perform admirably with the material provided, and, although I was glad to see Neil Patrick Harris again, his part was more shock value than funny this time around....more info
  • I'd love to know how good it is
    So I get the DVD, set up to watch it, and guess what?

    D R M

    That's right, it won't play. The disk is fine, the player is fine, but some one went to extra trouble to make sure that I wouldn't be able to watch it.

    Skip the DVD, get a pirated version....more info
  • Possibly the worst movie ever
    This is possibly the worst movie that I've ever seen. After viewing it in the theaters I sent an email to the movie theater company offering to purchase 10 tickets if they would just give me my time back. In a theater full of people there was a total of about five minutes of laughing throughout the "entertainment". Instead of having a goofy movie like the first, which was hilarious, it was decided to GET POLITICAL AND SAVE THE WORLD!!!!! I wish I had bothered to read the reviews. The only part where anyone laughed was when they met Bush, which of course will get some cheap laughs. I read a review that stated "its a guy thing"... no, its gotta be a moron thing. The supposed jokes are of the same type as when you were in middle, perhaps primary school and first learned profanity. So if you're under the age of 15 you should probably watch this, or if you're under the influence of drugs you may enjoy this movie. I couldn't give it a negative rating, but if I could it would rate around the same score as herpes. Seriously, if I had to chose between catching herpes and watching this movie again I would probably have to flip a coin to decide which I would rather experience, herpes or this movie for the second time around....more info
  • digital copy harold and kumar
    anyone need the digital copy codes for this movie harold and kumar escape from guantanamo bay?...more info
  • As Good as the First
    I just got finished watching this movie. At first I didn't think I would like it as good as the first film. I was def. suprised, I laughed all the was threw it. I highly recommend this dvd to anyone who owns the first, this is a must own. I hope they make a third film in the future....more info
  • CHEESE! Choose-Your-Own Adventure on Blu-Ray!
    This is better than the first film! The choose-your-own adventure feature of the blu-ray edition is worth the price of admission. The only thing is it should have had more options! Buy this movie so they will make another one.

    Cheese and over-the-top, you need to be in the right low-expectations mindset, yet that's why I recommend this movie.Clawed - The Legend of Sasquatch...more info
  • Terrible
    This is one of the worst movies of the year 2008. Where should I begin? Wiping the butt with the US constitution? Gitmo scene? Pot smoking? God, why are liberals so god*mn clueless and dumb? Zero star for this tragedy is enough....more info
  • Disappointing
    I enjoyed the first Harold and Kumar a lot and was really looking forward to this sequal. After 4 years they DEFINITELY could have made the plot a lot better. This movie was too disgusting, too politically driven, and frankly, too similar to the first one! They got into a situation that was almost identical to the situation with "Freakshow" in the first one, and revolved it around chasing a girl--only this time Kumar was doing it. There were a few good jokes and scenes, but for the most part this sucked. ...more info
  • Product not as described
    The case makes this look like a bootlegged copy, this was a gift for someone and I was humiliated. Thanks....more info
  • I laughed. A lot. I'm just not sure if I should feel guilty about that!
    First off, I have to say that, IMO, the first one was better. It's usually true of sequels, so that shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone. As for the movie? Many of the jokes were crude and/or offensive to any number of religous/ethnic/political/ect. groups and/or peoples. But, you know what, if you can't take a joke then that's too bad, so although the jokes might be offensive, I don't think anyone should take offense. That being said, if you saw and liked the first movie, this is essentially more of the same. Harold and Kumar are the same likable loosers they were in the first film... and they're still getting high. Also, they're still getting lost. It's still funny though. Oh, and NPH steals the show. Again.

    No special extras to speak of on this DVD, but I don't know that they're really needed anyway....more info
  • An Awful Stoner Movie
    I laughed a few times but for the most part it's a stupid movie. I'm only writing this review to save people their time and money by not watching this terrible flick. ...more info
  • A Sandwich No One Wants
    So, after watching this film I was smiling from ear to ear. Everything about this film just seems to work even the most bizarre scenes are executed without a second thought. From the first seconds we recap a little and then all the craziness started and their is no rest, no joke to outrageous, no gas to low brow. I appreciate the fact most characters return for a second romp and add more flare and hilarity. N.P.H. is hilarious, more crude than before but it works. Harold and Kumar's relationships seems familiar and yet they progressed as characters acknowledging each others faults. And saying sorry. There are several memorable moments that are to taboo to explain here but if you saw the first you know what you're in for. Did it live up to the hype? Yes. Did it add more to the series? Yes. Was it as good as the first? No. It doesn't have to. This film is a continuation of the first so it had to progress right? So watch this movie and enjoy another crazy adventure. But my favorite was the first I will admit. Please just watch it. And thanks for the support and votes. If you agree with this review vote me as helpful. You're correspondent, the Renegade....more info
  • Disappointing Follow-up
    The original Harold and Kumar wrapped insightful satire of the ethnic stereotypes and prejudices in American society with lowbrow humor and absurdly over-the-top situations. The result was a sleeper hit and a cult phenomenon.

    This movie focuses mainly on zany antics and (especially in the unrated version) extremely low-brow humor. Is there satire of our cultural stereotypes and preconceptions? Yes, there are ham-handed and obvious swipes at "issues." In this movie, however, rather than being a thoughtful subtext, they seem to be a desperate attempt to redeem a movie that is otherwise not worth watching.

    This movie has its moments, but way too few between the fart jokes....more info
  • Very Fun for Everyone (Mature Rating)
    Reading the back cover of the movie made me push this move aside at the rental store for over a year until I saw it on television one night and knew I had to buy it.

    It is a great comedy and keeps your laughing at all of the crazy things these guys go through!

    I dont favor their "Pot" and "Drug" humor, but through all of the comedy, I looked past that.

    Buy it! Laugh it up!...more info
  • Not as good as the first
    Although there are several really, funny moments in the movie, overall I would have to say this movie was a big step down from "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle." Now, I will say I wish I could see the "rated" version, or have had it included on the disc as well, because if it got rid of the "gratuitous" sex and nudity scenes, it would probably been more watchable. Most of the gratuitous scenes aren't really funny and are very awkward. The funniest moments are the cleanest, although they really seem to want to beat you over the head with dispelling racial stereotypes while making fun of them.

    Kal Penn and John Cho perform admirably with the material provided, and, although I was glad to see Neil Patrick Harris again, his part was more shock value than funny this time around....more info
  • Plenty of laughs if you aren't uptight...
    Harold & Kumar are the Y2K+ equivalent of the 1970's stoner's Cheech & Chong. Harold & Kumar are more obviously intelligent than their predecessors, and Kumar has a bad attitude and smart mouth that gets he and his friend into much more trouble than C&C could ever seem to find, but the parallels are there to easily be drawn.

    Escape from Guantanamo Bay, (H&K2 for all intents and purposes), picks up where the first movie (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle or H&K1) stopped, almost literally. As the film starts 'rold-y is in the shower cleaning up and preparing to take a flight to Amsterdam to go chase down the gal of his dreams. As that goes on, well, let's just say that Kumar isn't shy about using the facilities at the same time.

    Before going further, understand what you are getting if you pick up this film -- it's not meant to be high society artistic genius, it's lowest common denominator humor and it hit's that target fairly well.

    The humor is stereotypical and telegraphed from miles away, but is still funny if you aren't too uptight to appreciate and/or acknowledge it. There are visual gags (sayings on T-shirts and such), verbal gags and more, misunderstandings that lead to problems, and then there are more misunderstandings on the part of the clueless government employees involved in dealing with the initial misunderstandings. There are plenty of drug references and portrayals of drug usage, and plenty of gratituitous nudity thrown in as well -- both male and female.

    Watch it if you can lower yourself to the right level. Otherwise skip it and consider yourself too intelligent for something so low brow....more info
  • not as funny as the first, too political.
    The movie just like the title is too political, it tries hard to be funny. part 1 is way better....more info