Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle was one of the most surprising comedies of the last decade. Seemingly out of nowhere came this comedy starring two guys we'd never heard of before, it was new, it was fun, it had a teeny tiny bit of a message, but most of all it was just a little different.
A sequel was a no-brainer. The original left the opening, and the success of the original made it a certainty. The sequel falls short in almost every way imaginable. The gross-out humour now is just gross, not funny. The shocking humour is just shocking, not humourous. The characters of Harold and Kumar are now just characitures.
There were certain aspects I enjoyed. I thought the George W. Bush scene was damn funny, even if the actor playing Bush looks nothing like Bush. The opening on the airplane was funny albeit completely predictable. While the original used racial stereotypes playfully and cleverly, this new film just utilized them for cheap laughs, and falls flat on its face.
* The entire Gitmo sequence, too gross for words.
* The bottomless party.
* The cyclops.
* Anything with the annoyingly stupid Homeland Securiry guy (Rob Corrdry). Like, seriously, come on. Nobody is that stupid, not even government suits.
I've only watched this on DVD once. Well, twice. See, there's a choose-your-own-adventure aspect to the DVD. You can make Harold and Kumar go one way or another at key points in the film, which branches off into alternate versions of the film. However, choose wrongly and you may find your film prematurely ended. I inadvertently broke up Harold and Kumar, ending the film rather quickly. Whoops.
But then again, that short version was a lot less painful.