Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (Unrated Single Disc)

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Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay marks the triumphant return of these two hilarious, slacker anti-heroes. The movie stars John Cho (American Pie I and II, American Dreamz) as Harold and Kal Penn (Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, Epic Movie) as Kumar, two stoners who can't seem to get a break. Their last adventure found them traveling across country to find a White Castle hamburger in order to satisfy a weed-induced case of "the munchies."

This time, the boys get themselves in trouble trying to sneak a bong onboard a flight to Amsterdam. Now, being suspected of terrorism, they are forced to run from the law and try to find a way to prove their innocence. What follows is an irreverent and epic journey of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling and a wild trip around the world that is as "un-PC" as it gets.

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Studio New Line
SKU 208125143
UPC 794043123115
UPC 14 00794043123115
Format DVD
Release Date 1/31/2012
Rating UR
Actors
Name Cho,John
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ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is one of the weirdest comedies in quite a while. It's a stoner film with limited, pro-PC pot jokes, a political satire where the humor is so frat boy obvious that even Dick Cheney would get it. There's offensive racial stereotyping, blatant bigotry, enough penis gags to send adolescent males into uncontrollable fits of awkward laughter, and a pair of likeable performances that walk the fine line between clever and caricature...John Cho is a joy to watch as our uptight Asian hero. He provides the necessary balance to Kal Penn's frequently flailing, foolhardy Kumar. When they interact--both pre- and post-puffing--there's a clever, almost classic comic chemistry...With original director Danny Leiner gone, writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg step behind the camera for the first time, and they actually do a decent job. Even with filmmaking as scattered and piecemeal as this, they manage to keep everything (except Corddry) from careening wildly out of control. The best moments come via a returning Neil Patrick Harris as a hapless, horndog version of himself, and when a President Bush lookalike (James Adomian) blazes away with his new pardon-seeking buddies. During these slightly surreal scenes, Harold and Kumar Escapes from Guantanamo Bay crackles. At other times, it's the same old smoke out.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay exists because it was cheap to make and has a devoted core audience, not because its predecessor, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, was a blockbuster. The filmmakers, understanding what made the first movie successful with its adherents, avoided changing the formula this time around. The second H&K movie might just as easily be called Harold and Kumar: More of the Same. Escape from Guantanamo Bay picks up where White Castle ended and continues the comedic episodic story, stretching it out to epic length, albeit without epic content...Determining individual reaction to Escape from Guantanamo Bay is a slam-dunk. Those who applauded White Castle will enjoy this one; those who didn't would do better seeing something else...In the final analysis, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay delivers what's expected from it and what the characters' fans have been craving since the White Castle escapade. The movie is unpolished, unabashedly un-PC, and takes on as many "sacred cows" as it can uncover in a slightly-too-long 105 minutes. It's sporadically enjoyable in a silly, mindless way and it's hard not to laugh at least a few time while awash in all the bad taste. To its credit, the film never pretends to be more than it is and it never tries to do more than what is expected of it.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Unrated, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Cho,John
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Claudia Puig, USA Today ...a guilty pleasure that retains the anarchic charms of the original.
David Denby, The New Yorker They are Abbott & Costello with dirty mouths--indomitable, ungovernable, and possibly immortal.
Joe Leydon, Variety An over-the-top and beyond-PC comedy that...infuses party-hearty anarchy with hectoring moral outrage.
Richard Corliss, Time Harold and Kumar are pothead patriots in the first feel-good torture film.
Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club The big payoff, of course, is Neil Patrick Harris reprising his role as "Neil Patrick Harris."
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com That rare sequel that builds on the movie that came before it without crushing its attributes to death.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer It's not exactly high art, but it's certainly high.

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