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Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
A reason for stoners to go to the theaters.
Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
John Cho and Kal Penn Star in "Harold and Kumar 2."
OPENING WEEKEND: $18,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $53,000,000
OTHER PREVIEWS: Alatriste (7/10)
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October 29th, 2007: This follow-up to "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle" follows the cross-country adventures of the pot-smoking duo (John Cho, Kal Penn) as they try to outrun authorities who suspect them of being terrorists when they try to sneak a bong on board their flight to Amsterdam.

What to Expect: You can probably count all the good stoner comedies made in the last twenty years on one hand. I think it would be: Half Baked, Grandma's Boy, How High and the first Friday. Stoners make a much larger percentage of the movie watching population than most realize, but why are so few movies made exclusively for stoners? Well the answer is quite simple: stoners do not go to the movies. While a theater is filled with candy and other junk food, you cannot smoke pot in there, and the fact that movies start at a certain time, might be a problem for a high person. As a result, stoners usually just end up ordering food in, smoking pot on the couch and watching Netflix DVDs. A prime example of this theory in action is what happened with Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. It bombed at the box office, only making eighteen million, but then ended up being a huge hit on DVD. Now armed with this DVD success, our two favorite potheads are back for another smoky adventure.

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This time around, the two writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are not only providing the script, but also directing. The first movie was helmed by Danny Leiner, but he could not return for the sequel due to a schedule conflict. Hurwitz and Schlossberg decided that one of them should take charge of the film, so they put their names in a hat to see who would direct, but Mundane Pictures decided it would be best if they did it together, and both gladly agreed. The studio gave them a green light to make this movie as raunchy and extreme as they want, so I expect an even funnier and more ridiculous story this time around.

Hurwitz and Schlossberg became friends in high school when both were on the debate team. The two bonded and became close, because they were "the only two normal people." Well, after watching the first Harold and Kumar movie I would have to say that these two are far from normal. The plot is really one big dorky pipe dream; two friends have a wild adventure, gain confidence, find direction and get the hot girl. This formula worked so well in the first movie that there was really no reason to change it. Most of the actors and crew returned and have done a great job under the new direction. Everyone understood what worked well in the first movie and tried to replicate and build on their experience.

The new installment picks up the day after the first movie ends with Harold and Kumar getting on a plane to Amsterdam to follow Maria. When Kumar attempts to break out a smoke-free-bong (A device that allows you to somehow smoke without anyone smelling it), it ends up being mistaken for a bomb and he for a terrorist. As a result, the duo is arrested by the air marshals. Harold and Kumar are found guilty without a trial and are shipped off to Guantanamo Bay mainly for how they look. Fortunately, the duo escapes from the slow witted government agents and go on another stoned adventure with the feds hot on their tail. Of course they end up running into many old friends as well as some new ones, including fan favorite Neil Patrick Harris. Harris absolutely stole the show in the first movie and in the process resurrected his career. The makers of Harris' hit show, How I Met Your Mother, actually decided to cast him only after they saw his hilarious womanizing character in the first Harold and Kumar. Harris credits Hurwitz and Schlossberg for saving his career and is very excited to be back in the sequel. He is rumored to have a much bigger part in this installment and has graced the hilarious promotional poster for the movie which features him riding a Unicorn with the phrase "What Would NPH Do?." Joining Harris will be Rob Corddry as Ron Fox, the ultra racist Homeland Security Agent who is charged with apprehending our lovable stoners. The movie, despite being a stoner comedy, will try to make a social statement about racism in America by including racist skater kids and racist cops. In the sequel, Corddry will fill the big shoes of being the antagonist. Hurwitz says that, "Fox is an extremely ignorant, racist man who in his heart believes that only white people are true Americans." Corddry will be perfect for this part; he has the look and demeanor to be the best racist ever!

Another new addition to the cast will be Beverly D'Angelo of Ellen Griswold fame from the Vacation franchise. Just like Harris, she will play a character that is a complete departure from her norm. She is usually cast as the wholesome housewife, but the writers decided to make her a Brothel mistress. That is what makes this so funny; the characters that we grew up with are being shown as completely raunchy and sexual. Another really funny cameo will be provided by Ed Helms of The Office fame. He will have the role of the ignorant government interpreter and if you have ever seen the Office, then you know that Helms can pull off a goofy and ignorant character. All these cameos will once again either make or break the movie, but with so many amazing comedians on set, I can't imagine them not being great.

Every indicator points to this movie being much funnier and more entertaining than the original. Everyone involved from the production company down to the crew had excellent chemistry and understood exactly what this franchise is all about. They took their winning formula and enhanced it. The smokers will be more stoned, there will be funnier cameos, more crazy characters and of course more racist jokes! The racists will even spread their ignorance around instead of just focusing on Korean and Indian people. In fact Hurwitz promised us "one of the most anti-Semitic scenes ever." That is a pretty big claim to make with movies like Borat around! There will also be a lot more nudity! Schlossberg promised us, "More frontal nudity in this movie than any Hollywood produced movie we've ever seen." Sounds like these guys really know their target audience and will cater to them perfectly.

In Conclusion: Obviously this movie is not for everyone. This is a ridiculous stoner comedy, which specializes in very crude and offensive humor. However, if you enjoy this type of vulgarity, then this one will surely not disappoint. There will be much pot smoking, nudity, crude social satire and of course NPH! So all you stoners out there, get off your ass, bake some brownies and go see this movie in the theaters, so the filmmakers would have a reason to continue the franchise.

Similar Titles: Half Baked, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, How High
April 25th, 2008 (wide)
July 29th, 2008 (DVD)

New Line Cinema

Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula GarcÚs, Eric Winter, David Krumholtz, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry, Christopher Meloni, Ed Helms, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jack Conley, Roger Bart, Danneel Harris, Beverly DAngelo

Total: 106 vote(s).


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Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use.

102 min





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