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Too much of a good thing

Movie review: "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay"

Movie review: "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay"

April 29, 2008|By BRAD SMITH / Pulse Correspondent

"Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay" is the sequel to 2004's cult hit "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle."

The earlier film was by far my favorite movie ever. The buddy film of two foreign-looking guys getting in way over their heads while on a quest for a burger has gotten a large following since its initial release, and the movie deserves every last fan.

This new movie takes place directly after the last one ended with Harold and Kumar planning a trip to Amsterdam. Things go wrong when Kumar is mistaken for a terrorist and the two friends end up in the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In the first Harold and Kumar movie, it took till the end of the movie to get to White Castle. But in this one they're in and out of Guantanamo within the first half hour. The movie really is about them after they escape and are running across the country trying to get their names cleared.

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It was good to see the duo back on the big screen again. And it was well worth the $9 ticket price.

I was disappointed though. Maybe I'm wrong to compare this film to the previous one, but my expectations were pretty high. The main problem is really just one thing: It's too over the top. I think that they really just tried too hard with this one. Also the story is tied together with a large excess of racial stereotype jokes, way more than in the first movie.

If this had been a different duo and not a Harold and Kumar movie, maybe I would have enjoyed it better. It was entertaining, but the mold was just broken too much. Maybe it would have seemed better if I hadn't seen the first movie.

I'm giving "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" 7 Neil Patrick Harrises out of 10.

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