Harold And Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

Canada legalized weed last month so I bet Netflix has noted a marked increase in the streaming of dumb comedies like this one.

Dumb doesn’t begin to cover it though. Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle came out in 2004. Its sequel came out 4 years later but only about 5 minutes later in movie time. Harold and Kumar have just had the craziest, drug-fueled adventure of their lives, followed by the greasy binging of dozens of weird little burgers that apparently exist in real life. Then Harold triumphantly kisses the girl next door and the sequel finds him MV5BMjE2MzU4NzM4Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzQ1NDk2MQ@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1453,1000_AL_gloating over his moment of elevator glory when Kumar reminds him that in the previous movie, they’d booked plane tickets to Amsterdam so they could creepily follow the girl next door overseas for some intercontinental stalking.

It’s on this plane ride where things go awry. Incorrigible stoners, one of them can’t help but smoke up in the bathroom, which leads to a kerfuffle with the air marshals, which results in our illustrious heroes getting summarily locked up in Guantanamo, subject to a whole buffet of cockmeat sandwiches. The title sort of gives away the fact that they escape, only so they can get into yet more shenanigans.

If there was anything funny about the first movie, and I find myself doubting it now, there is nothing redeeming about the second. If only the jokes were just juvenile, but these babies teeter and flail way over the edge of downright racist. I’m exhausted by unfunniness. It’s very draining to watch a comedy and not laugh once. Like, you just strain so hard, trying to do your part, hold up your end of the joke equation, ready to laugh at the merest flicker, merest hint that something funny this way comes. I think my blood pressure got dangerously low there for a while. But don’t worry, I’ve recovered, and I put Harold and Kumar back on the dusty Netflix shelf. I hid it behind Shakespeare In Love, so I’m pretty sure no one’s going to find it for a long, long time.

5 thoughts on “Harold And Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

  1. tubularsock

    Dumb is dumb no matter how many times they develop that theme.

    Doesn’t stop Tubularsock from seeing it ………… but Tubularsock is being so entertained by our surreal President that the meaning of dumb can’t keep up!

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  2. orcaflotta

    Jay, your synopsis made this movie sound pretty funny, could make a nice 5 minutes comedy sketch. As an evening-filling program … not so much. I knew there was a reason why we never watched a H&K flick yet and will prolly never do.


  3. selizabryangmailcom

    Lol. Hidden behind “Shakespeare in Love,” on the shelf, huh? You could stash some cash back there, too, and it’d be safe, ensconced in the still, impenetrable darkness with H&K…. 🙂



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