By David Torres
By David Torres
var uslide_show_id = “290fd43a-e9f7-4f6c-9556-3792670409dd”;var slideshowwidth = “468”;var linktext = “”;Some might say that one can be offensive yet tasteful, and then there are those that might say that tasteless is way more fun, so forget it, and bring on the racially inappropriate jokes.
“Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” is the promised sequel to the 2004 munchies-induced comedy “Harold and Kumar go to White Castle.”
As the highflying heroes pick up where they left off, heading to Amsterdam, fate intervenes, and sets new obstacles in their way.
One of the many obstacles in Harold and Kumar’s way is the U.S. government, and the other pertains to a certain type of sandwich that shall remain nameless.
Throughout the movie, low-brow humor clearly becomes the focal point of most of the jokes, good or bad.
The movie itself is one of the most racially insensitive comedies in a long while. It doesn’t mean that the movie isn’t funny.
If you’re not racially sensitive, and love Neil Patrick Harris then this movie is for you.
Of course, if tasteless humor, and NPH doesn’t do it for you, then there is really nothing else left to get you to emit a chuckle.
The two leads, Harold and Kumar, played by John Cho and Kal Penn, fall into their respective roles just as easily as before.
Harold is continuously too uptight, while Kumar is disturbingly not. As funny as they may be, the movie depends on the audience’s personal tolerance for stereotypical punch lines.
This film brings those punch lines one after the other.
The supporting cast allows the movie to embrace its highly racial induced comedy.
The one character that completely embodies this comes in the form of a socially ignorant NSA agent named Ron Fox.
Rob Corddry, formally of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” gives perhaps one of the most bigoted performances of all time. His character, Fox, gives the audience someone to hate throughout.
Corddry is clearly overacting for effect, and it definitely works to the movie’s advantage.
NPH seems to be playing a completely over the edge, point of no return version of the character he plays in the television show “How I Met Your Mother.”
This mushroomed out version of himself is something one might see as comedic gold or not.
Again, it all depends on the audience’s love for NPH.
While this sequel isn’t nearly as good as the original, it does have its moments and when it comes to laughing at some of the most idiotic situations ever put on screen one just can’t go wrong with this somewhat offensive, yet funny movie.
Overall, I give it a rating of three and a half NPHs.