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Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

Review by Chris Maitland

Back in 2004, we were introduced to the bong-toting, pot-smoking, crudely diverse and always hilarious characters of Harold and Kumar.  Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle is, in my opinion, one of the funniest films of all time. When I found there was a sequel in production I was very excited but slightly worried.  I had a lot of doubts and questions.  Could they produce another gem of a comedy?  Would the cast be back in its entirety?  What exactly DOES it sound like when doves cry?  But I am happy to report that the sequel lived up to its predecessor… hell it even might be better.

What I loved so much about the first one was its rapid-fire diverse and slick humor. That is back in full-form. The cast is even better this time around; the addition of Rob Corrdry as a crazed, racist FBI agent made for some of the funniest scenes in the entire film. And of course, John Cho and Kal Penn make such a good on-screen pair. They are great comedic actors and really need to work more often in comedies (thought I am curious to see what Cho can do in Star Trek next year as a young Mr. Sulu).

The plot this time around is completely absurd, but that’s part of what makes the film so great.  After being mistaken for terrorists on a plane to Amsterdam (where weed is legal, don’t’cha know), they end up getting sent to the government’s holding facility as Guantanamo Bay.  However, they escape within twenty minutes, and end up going on the lam through the southern United States.  From there, the film just gets crazier and crazier and funnier and funnier.

This is a top-notch comedy, the funniest (not affiliated with Judd Apatow) to come along in a long, long time. The comedic timing is brilliant, the cast is super, and the script is terrific. This movie just about gets everything right.  And, of course, it wouldn’t be the same without Neil Patrick Harris, reprising his role as… himself.  He steals the show yet again.  For me, this is the funniest comedy of  2008 so far, even better than Pineapple Express and Step Brothers, both of which were great, but Harold and Kumar are, quite simply, the cream of the crop. 

5 / 5 stars 

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