Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008) review
Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
Director: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Year Released: 2008
Indian-American Kumar (Kal Penn) and Korean-American Harold (John Cho) continue with their addiction to all things weed, getting kicked off a plane for possession of a battery-operated bong, getting sent to Cuba and then getting the hell back to the U.S. The glorification of marijuana as a "great social equalizer" is still ugly (it 'humanizes' G.W. Bush; two characters who don't smoke, played respectively by Eric Winter and Rob Corddry, are the movie's villains), the potty humor (carried over from the first Harold & Kumar movie) is still strictly for 10-year-olds and making Amsterdam into the Las Vegas of Europe is just crude (it happens to be a lovely city with a … real dark side which they're starting to clean-up), though the success-to-failure joke ratio is quite favorable, and there are a number of hilarious moments (everything with Neil Patrick Harris, like the last movie, is priceless). The ultimate statement about prejudice and profiling in America gets crudely covered - no one's what they seem: an ominous ghetto dude is actually an orthodontist, a deer-killing redneck has a gorgeous home, Doogie Howser collects human hair - although it isn't really subversive like, say, Borat, though it does make good on its claim to be better than Eurotrip (though that isn't exactly a major accomplishment).