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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ackles ... Vanessa (as Danneel Harris)
Eric Winter ... Colton
Paula Garcés ... Maria (as Paula Garces)
Jon Reep ... Raymus
Missi Pyle ... Raylene
Mark Munoz ... Cyrus
James Adomian ... George W. Bush
Beverly D'Angelo ... Sally
Echo Valley Echo Valley ... Tits Hemingway
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Storyline

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

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,908,404, 27 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,087,366, 13 July 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Hollywood Reporter (27 April 2008 issue), Warner Bros' distribution president Dan Fellman said this movie was originally produced as a straight-to-video movie until a decision was made to release it theatrically. See more »

Goofs

While Harold and Kumar are on the flight to Amsterdam, Harold is watching a movie on his laptop. When they show a shot of Kumar he has a pillow behind his head. They change shots and come back to showing Kumar, where the pillow is different, with a dark blue stripe. Finally, the last shot of Kumar in the sequence the pillow is missing. See more »

Quotes

[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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After the credits "No Person or entity associated with this film received payment or anything of value, or entered into any agreement, in connection with the depiction of tobacco products." See more »

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An unrated version was released on DVD which contains alternate and extended scenes. See more »

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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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Written by Ryan Garner & Michael Baiardi (as Mike Baiardi)
Performed by Binky Mac
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Few Comic Moments are it's Saving Grace
26 April 2008 | by DigitalPhreakerSee all my reviews

Let me start by saying that I love the first film. "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" is enjoyable on so many different levels, mainly because of the complete and utter lack of thought behind it; that being said, the filmmakers managed to distract me from the fact that everything that was happening was absurd by the simple act of comedic timing.

I was neither surprised nor shocked to find out that a sequel was in the works and had little doubt that it would probably be a terrible film. Not only because it is so hard to recapture an almost nostalgic feeling from a preceding film, yet also because it is so hard to try again the second time.

"Escape from Guantanamo Bay" seemed like and hour and half of trying way too hard to be funny. What was so great about the first film, at least to me, was that the filmmakers knew they weren't making an Oscar worthy flick, nor a film that would be widely accepted: they were making a movie that they found funny, pot jokes and toilet humor included.

And while the sequel included all of these immature things, it also came with a sense of being forced, all these cliché jokes which have been overused so many times by countless up-and-coming comedians that anyone could see them coming a mile away.

I will give credit where it is due, however. There were a few times (very few, however) where I could not help but laugh incredibly hard. Somehow, and I'm not exactly sure exactly how, they managed to recapture what was so funny about the first film. Mainly, they were the scenes involving Neil Patrick Harris and the guy playing President Bush. Those scenes were so very different than I was expecting that the comedy that happened in them seemed liked gold, even if what was happening was the same stuff I have seen in countless other films.

I usually try to leave the brain at the door when I am seeing these kind of movies...and that usually works. But it was almost too hard to even do that as I watched "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay." Even the thoughtless stoner comedy had me going..."Um, this is stupid." I'm not saying it's not funny...nor am I saying it isn't enjoyable. However, if you are looking to enjoy it as much as the first film, you'll probably be disappointed.


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