Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanomo Bay (2008)


[to illegal immigrant] I’m telling you Jorge, the first thing you have to do when you get to America – buy a device called TiVo. Okay? Freedom means nothing if you’re a slave to regular programming. I promise you that.” – Kumar Patel

Number of Times Seen – Twice (12 Jul 2008 and 14 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Problems arise onboard the plane that is meant to take Harold and Kumar to Amsterdam when they are mistakenly seen as terrorists and are subsequently taken to Guantanamo Bay.

My Take on it – Hilarious sequel that works so well.

Once again the spectacular chemistry between John Cho and Kal Penn is what helps make things so enjoyable to watch unfold.

The story is completely off the wall and makes very little sense, but they still are able to keep things flowing in such an engaging way throughout.

The characters are able to keep things hilarious to watch unfold because things never go in the direction that one might expect.

The reappearance of Neil Patrick Harris also helps elevate this film because he is so enjoyable to watch when he plays this extreme parody of his personality.

The story moves along at a great pace and stays so funny throughout.

The way that they parody the government and its treatment of terrorists is great because it is both hilarious and poignant at the very same time.

The scenes with James Adomian as George W. Bush are so fun to watch.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an April 24 2008 Newark Star Ledger interview, the writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg mention that Kumar’s poem “The Square Root of Three” (parody of Joyce Kilmer’s Trees) was written by a classmate of theirs, David Feinberg when all three went to Randolph High School in New Jersey. They were happy they could include in the film a poem they loved while growing up, and Feinberg was thrilled to make a contribution to the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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