Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay reunites everyone's favorite stoners on a cross country ride that leaves you laughing at the characters, the people next to you and even yourself.
The movie begins by doing the one thing that sequels rarely do: continue the story where the original left off. It literally begins with Harold in the shower getting ready to see his true love in Amsterdam and Kumar taking a massive dump while he's doing it.
The two get to the airport where they meet up with Kumar's college flame (and her fiancé), which not only sets up a major subplot of the film, but also gives us a brief, but hilarious look into the origins of Harold
and Kumar's friendship.
Kumar, who helped fuel some of the problems in the Harold and Kumar first film, does no less in this one beginning with smuggling an innovative bong (which gets confused with "bomb") on the plane and getting the two branded as terrorists.
After a brief stay at Guantanamo and an introduction to a sandwich that you won't find at Subway, the pair set out to clear their names. Along the way, they encounter and make us laugh at a thousand racial, sexual and cultural prejudices, biases, stereotypes and anything else you can imagine. From yuppie rednecks who live in the woods with their inbred son to Klansman who mistake both Harold and Kumar for Mexicans.
Neil Patrick Harris delivers another tour de force as...NEIL PATRICK HARRIS! How an openly gay man can pull off playing an extreme mushroom taking, hooker branding ladies man that would make porn stars blush is beyond me, but he does it and then some.
John Cho and Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar, respectively) play off each other with a charm and goofiness that harkens back to the Hope & Crosby films. A true sign of a good buddy film is that you wish they were your buddies, too. Rob Corddry (The Daily Show) as an insane Homeland Security agent keeps the boys on the run while showing that he's ready for a show on his own. Sorry, John.
When movies advertise as being "laugh out loud funny," they're usually lying. I was in a crowded theatre and while most of the crowd probably never tried pot (myself included), the place was literally roaring with laughter. Also, while it's good to have seen Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, you'll enjoy the movie just the same. Screenwriters (and now directors) Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg do a magnificent job of staying true to the first film while taking a few chances with the sequel.
Will the boys be exonerated? Will Kumar be reunited with his true love? Will George Bush get higher than Google stock? Head to the theatres and find out. You'll be happy that you did.