Wednesday night offered an advanced screening of Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. While events in this movie take place immediately after the end of their first film, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, John Cho and Kal Penn have used the 4-year interim to become much bigger names. It's tough to imagine that when that film was made, these guys were pretty much nobodies with small supporting roles in teen comedies (Cho in the American Pie series, Penn in Van Wilder). And now they've got high-profile gigs in Star Trek and House. Way to go, guys.
If there's anything you liked in the first film, chances are there's more of it in the sequel. More mockery of (white) America and its authorities. More locations. More marijuana. More obnoxiousness. More sentimentality. And especially more Neil Patrick Harris.
The plot is too ridiculous to recount, but I will say that Guantanamo Bay is a very small part of the film. (I'm surprised they went with that title.) The movie is genuinely funny in places -- Rob Corddry's Homeland Security character exists solely to project his stunningly clueless stereotypes of every minority -- but, man, is it filthy. I should add "more bodily fluids" to the list.
A final complaint: after this and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, is it asking too much to see a comedy without male full frontal nudity? (In the movie, one of Harold and Kumar's college friends has organized a bottomless party.) This is not a good trend; as a viewer, I'd gladly pass up female nudity if it would guarantee sausage-free cinema.