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Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

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After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa (as Danneel Harris)
Maria (as Paula Garces)
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The morning they return from their White Castle road trip, Harold and Kumar decide to go to Amsterdam because Harold doesn't want to wait ten days to see Maria again. On the plane, Kumar lights up his new bong, the air marshals think it's a bomb, and Harold and Kumar are arrested as terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay. Ordered to fellate a guard, they manage to escape, make their way to Florida, and head for Texas to find Kumar's ex-girlfriend's fiancé, the well-connected Colton, and get him to intercede with Washington on their behalf. Kumar still has a thing for Vanessa, the feds are in hot pursuit, and the legal weed of Amsterdam seems a long way away. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This time they're running from the joint. See more »


Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harold & Kumar 2  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,908,404 (USA) (25 April 2008)


$38,087,366 (USA) (11 July 2008)

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Technical Specs


(unrated) | (theathre)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The mask Harold pulls out of Neil Patrick Harris' bag is the same as the one worn by Chris Fehn from the band Slipknot. See more »


Big Bob wears an upside down rank insignia, has a style of facial hair not permitted for Army personnel, and takes his baton into the cells (which is forbidden to prevent the exact problems shown in this movie). This is to show that he is an outlaw with no respect for rules and regulations. See more »


[first lines]
Kumar Patel: [taking a dump] Oh God, dude!
Harold Lee: [in shower] What the fuck? What the fuck? What are you doing?
Kumar Patel: I'm taking the most incredible dump of all time, man.
Harold Lee: You couldn't wait until I got out of the shower?
Kumar Patel: Um, may I remind you that we both just ate 30 burgers and 4 large orders of fries?
[continues to take a dump]
Kumar Patel: Don't worry, in a little bit I'm sure it'll hit you too.
Harold Lee: Maybe, but I'm going to wait until you get out of the shower!
Kumar Patel: Well don't wait too long. We gotta leave for the airport in an ...
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Crazy Credits

Scenes of Harold & Maria and Kumar & Vanessa having fun in Amsterdam are shown during the closing credits. See more »


Followed by Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam (2008) See more »


Fooled Around and Fell in Love
Written and Performed by Elvin Bishop
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Harold & Kumar do it again
9 March 2008 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

As a fan of Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, I really didn't think they could recapture the magic of the first film in the sequel. Sequels are, so often, horrible disappointments. But the World Premiere of Harold & Kumar Escape from Gauntanamo Bay last night as Austin's SXSW Film Festival was simply awesome. The audience loved America's favorite slackers on their next adventure as their trip to Amsterdam goes incredibly wrong.

Whereas the first film challenged racism and stereotyping, this one continued the theme into issues of racial profiling and War on Terror paranoia. These multicultural slackers are becoming American every-men that we can all relate to. While there are times when Harold & Kumar's antics are just plain silly, they are also incredible human characters who are struggling with real challenges around parents, romance, friendship, the law, and race. Harold & Kumar make us laugh while they also challenge our perceptions and expectations of social and political reality.

Cho and Penn were wonderful reprising their original roles. Neal Patrick Harris was back again as a strange variant of himself. Rod Corddry provides a wonderful addition to the cast as the completely paranoid government agent. Overall, the film is perhaps a tad below the original, but a tad below excellent is still a wonderful comic romp that all fans of the original and many new fans should enjoy. Unlike the first film which gained a cult following on DVD, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guatanamo Bay will undoubtedly be a huge hit in the theaters. The audience here in Austin absolutely loved the two lovable anti-heroes. I look forward to many more adventures from Harold and Kumar.

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