`Harold & Kumar' sequel trips

Review C-

Burger-seeking smokers' sequel falls short of original

April 25, 2008|By Michael Phillips | Michael Phillips,Chicago Tribune

Greasy, hazy good fun, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle got by on a 4 a.m. mixture of explosive-emission toilet jokes, gratuitous nudity and Neil Patrick Harris as himself. Everything took place in one night, hinging on a single quest rife with detours. Crass? Yes. But there was a merry spirit to it all.

A far more strident sort of crassness pervades Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. The sequel picks up and tokes up where the original left off. New Jersey roommates Harold and Kumar set off for Amsterdam, the Netherlands, so that Harold can chase the woman of his dreams (Paula Garces) while the lads can smoke all the weed they desire. On the plane, Kumar hauls out a homemade bong, which is mistaken for a bomb. Off to Gitmo!

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (New Line Cinema) Starring John Cho, Kal Penn, Rob Corddry, Neil Patrick Harris. Directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use. Time 102 minutes.

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