“Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” is so Gimcrack Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day

Genres: Comedy and Sequel
Running Time:
1 hr. 42 min.
Release Date:
April 25th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating:
R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use.

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Directed by: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

JJ Rating: C+

Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) head to Amsterdam and while at the airport Kumar makes a vital error in the restroom and decides to ‘illegal’ smoke before they actually get to where it is legal. So off to GB with them both and then the crazy gimcrack scenes begin. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (Here on out refered to as Harold and Kumar I don’t care what confusion that causes with the first, for no movie should have such a long title. Ha.)

This movie had low standards and those that like this movie also have low standards. If you are offended by me stating you have low standards for liking this movie, then you didn’t really like the movie as much as you state. It went out of its way to show low standards in a glorified manner. Reminds me of a quote that I just read today (haha) : “The so-called new morality is too often the old immorality condoned.” -- Lord Shawcross (1963).

Push the line of acceptance far enough so that everything is accepted and those that don’t accept are prude for just being. If I am a prude for my thinking that this movie went to lengths it just didn’t need to, then by all means I’m a prude. I liked the first one and I like the characters Harold and Kumar. They are funny and entertaining. The pot smoking and the like isn’t something that just makes me go, OMG so stupid. It’s the lack of plot and of course there was really a lack of plot in the first one, so really it’s the uncreative lack of plot. What did I see in this film that I had not already seen or heard of from some other movie? Once you push the envelope off the table where else is there to go? At this rate nothing will be considered raunchy, and this type of comedy will be dead.

It was like Harold and Kumar had to be raunchy and so they forced themselves to be such by using the F-filler and nudity. It’s just so lowbrow that if you felt smart going into this film you surely will not feel that way when you leave.

This is why I really love dark comedies and satirical comedies, because there’s always something creative to share that will always be funny after several viewings. This movie was funny in some parts but that was it, and it could not be funny years from now, and that’s why it ultimately sucks. Monty Python movies push the envelop just right with their type of raunchy and years later it’s still funny and quoted. Harold and Kumar won’t be quoted years from now and it certainly won’t be quoted a month from now.

I think the acting was good for a film like this, and that’s great because of the bad acting of the previous weekends. John Cho and Kal Penn have great chemistry together and make for a great team. I can’t see them getting other actors to even replace one of them. Neil Patrick Harris is so perfect for the role of himself (ha yeah) and his scenes just rock, even if one of them seemingly steals from a movie by the name of Super Troopers. His poster is the funniest poster and the coolest poster I’ve seen in a while; him and that unicorn.

I enjoyed the scene with “President Bush” because it was amusing and funny should he talk to his dad the way he did. It was a cool twist on how people portray the President and it was almost more positive than negative. It was refreshing and amusing and well done in that respect. The hick scene with the basement was one of my favorite parts. That noise they hear is just creepy funny. The bottomless party was a tad much as in the point was gotten way before the scene ended. It was a running gag that lasted way over the limit and is probably why the movie exceeds the perfect time for a comedy.

ONE HOUR AND A HALF…how is that hard? Anything longer and it becomes boring and this movie is no exception. Not only was it over the top with its need to be the “bad” boy film, it pushed the time limit to beyond the limit and reached the realm of “is it over yet?”

Harold and Kumar was not as good as the first one and I’m sure there will be people that LOVE this movie for no other reason than just because they got to see something Google could show them for free. It was witless and lacked all the charm that the first one gathered even though it was attempting to be raunchy as well. Most likely it really doesn’t matter what I say, people who saw the first one will see this one because they liked the first, and those that don’t care for it will be all glad they didn’t see it even though they never were going to.

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