Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

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Director: Jon Horwitz, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Cast: John Cho

     
 

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After successfully seeking out the ultimate slider in the 2004 stoner comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, the cannabis-craving twosome returns in this high-flying sequel that finds them labeled terrorists for attempting to sneak a marijuana-smoking implement on a flight to Amsterdam. Harold (See more details below

Overview

After successfully seeking out the ultimate slider in the 2004 stoner comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, the cannabis-craving twosome returns in this high-flying sequel that finds them labeled terrorists for attempting to sneak a marijuana-smoking implement on a flight to Amsterdam. Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have just finished gorging themselves on savory White Castle hamburgers when they return to their apartment and hatch a plan for Harold to win the heart of his crush, Maria (Paula Garcés). Maria is going to Amsterdam, and if Harold can catch up with her overseas perhaps he can strike up a real love connection. After a close call with airport personnel and a chance encounter with Kumar's ex-girlfriend Vanessa (Danneel Harris) -- who hadn't yet told Kumar that she's engaged to be married -- the pot-loving pals finally board their flight for Amsterdam. Unfortunately for Harold, Kumar isn't able to endure the lengthy flight without an innocent puff or two from his smokeless bong. When the plane hits some turbulence and the bong is mistaken for a bomb, the flight is diverted to Guantanamo Bay and our spliff-smoking heroes are detained by overzealous Deputy Chief of Homeland Security Ron Fox (Rob Corddry). Now, if they can just escape from the world's most notorious prison compound, perhaps this hapless duo can succeed in convincing the authorities that they aren't enemy combatants, and that Kumar made the mistake of his life by letting Vanessa go. But before they can prove their innocence and get the girls, Harold and Kumar will have to outsmart the dreaded Ku Klux Klan, contend with a particularly precocious Cyclops baby, and successfully elude everyone's favorite debauched former child star -- Neil Patrick Harris.

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It would be hard for any sequel to live up to the precedent set by what turned out to be one of the best stoner comedies ever made, but Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is thankfully as funny as the original. It's just as raunchy and wild -- extolling the virtues of weed and female genitalia at every opportunity -- but where the first one largely concerned itself with the message of slackerdom, this one is surprisingly subversive, taking unexpected shots at the hypocritical political establishment and the ignorance that perpetuates both sides of the culture wars. Obviously, the movie paints its commentary in broad strokes, including but not limited to a scene in which Harold and Kumar smoke up with George W. Bush -- who insists that he can't legalize drugs because his dad would freak out. Rob Corddry sends up the scared-stupid, post-9/11 culture of fear particularly well as Secretary of Defense Ron Fox, who throws the film's heroes in Guantanamo Bay on charges of terrorism when Kumar's bong breaks open on a flight to Amsterdam. The script doesn't really call for him to do anything but act pompous and goofy, but he does so really well, especially in a scene where he misses what's going on because he's busy rocking out to "Danger Zone" on his Walkman. There are almost too many other noteworthy appearances to mention, as our heroes' ADD adventures land them everywhere, from a "bottomless party" (as opposed to a "topless party") to the IKEA-decorated home of an incestuous redneck couple. Especially awesome is Neil Patrick Harris' triumphant return as that terrifying fantasy version of himself that we all sort of hope is real. He doesn't come away unscathed from an encounter with a Louisiana brothel's hot-tempered madam (played by Beverly D'Angelo), but you just can't expect any event in this movie to be less than over the top. (Also, remember to stay until the end of the credits.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
UPC:
0794043122934
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
65,433

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with the directors and stars; The world of Harold and Kuman featurette; 27 additional scenes; Bush psa

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cho Harold
Kal Penn Kumar
Rob Corddry Ron Fox
Jack Conley Deputy Frye
Roger Bart Dr. Beecher
Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris
Danneel Harris Vanessa
Eric Winter Colton
Paula Garcés Maria
Jon Reep Raymus
Missi Pyle Raylene
Christopher Meloni Actor
Mark Munoz Cyrus
James Adomian George W. Bush
Beverly D'Angelo Sally
Echo Valley Tits Hemingway
David Krumholtz Goldstein
Eddie Kaye Thomas Rosenberg

Technical Credits
Jon Horwitz Director,Screenwriter
Jon Hurwitz Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Hayden Schlossberg Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Samuel J. Brown Associate Producer,Co-producer
George S. Clinton Score Composer
Shawn-Holly Cookson Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Disco Co-producer
Joe Drake Executive Producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Tony Fanning Production Designer
Jeff Freeman Editor
Kevin Hardison Art Director
Richard Hicks Casting
Nathan Kahane Producer
Season Kent Musical Direction/Supervision
Kelli Konop Co-producer
Carsten H.W. Lorenz Executive Producer
Jimmy Miller Co-producer
Nicole Brown Co-producer
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
David Rubin Casting
Richard Schexnayder Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Shapiro Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
1. Main Titles [4:12]
2. Random Security Check [4:08]
3. In-Flight Entertainment [2:01]
4. Detained [1:02]
5. Guantanamo [:53]
6. Raza [:02]
7. Parents [:03]
8. Awakenings [:25]
9. Breakdown [1:02]
10. Dinner Guests [:44]
11. Nice Dreams [:02]
12. Ku Klux Kegger [:02]
13. Taking the Fifth [:09]
14. The One that got Away [:39]
15. Roadblock [3:54]
16. Fox Hole [2:59]
17. Colton [1:02]
18. Airborne [1:18]
19. George [:03]
20. Wedding Crashers [:02]
21. Heaven [1:24]
22. End Credits [5:02]

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