Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is the 2008 sequel to Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.Picking up right where the last movie left off, Harold and Kumar, fresh from their trip to White Castle, have decided to follow Harold's neighbor Maria to Amsterdam. On the plane Kumar and the bong he brought on are mistaken for a terrorist and a bomb, and Kumar, along with his "North Korean accomplise" Harold, are thrown in Guantanamo Bay. The two escape and head to Texas, pursued by an overzealous Deputy Security of Homeland Security. An old friend of theirs, Colton, is getting married to Kumar's ex-girlfriend Vanessa, and has invited president George W. Bush to the wedding. Harold wants to get a pardon; Kumar wants to ruin the wedding.Another sequel, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, came out in 2011.
This movie contains examples of:
Angry Black Man: Subverted. Harold and Kumar's car breaks down in a neighborhood that the two think is filled with angry black men and run off before a bunch of guys roll out equipment to help fix their car.
Genius Ditz: The unnamed DHS translator that Ron Fox uses to 'translate' to Harold's parents: he speaks fluent Korean and English, but he can't understand that Harold's parents are also fluent in English. He just says that "they're using some strange dialect [he's] never heard before".
Ron: They're supposed to be in prison! That is where terrorists belong! These fuckers are going down. Dead or alive. [to the translator] Tell them that in their fake ching-chong language.
Translator: (starts to say something in Korean)
Harold's Dad: We know what he said!
Translator:...I don't know what that means, but fuck you.
Heel Face Door Slam: Dr. Beecher states his intention to protect Harold and Kumar just as he slips on some marbles and accidentally ejects himself, Harold, Kumar, and Fox. Beecher is killed within seconds.
Kumar: You get high and then you put other people who smoke weed in jail? George W. Bush: Duh. Kumar: That's so hypocritical. George W. Bush: Oh yeah? Let me ask you something, Kumar. You like giving handjobs? Kumar: No, sir. George W. Bush: You like getting handjobs? Kumar: Yeah. George W. Bush: Well, then that makes you a fucking hypocriticizer too.
Ron Fox claims to be a brazen patriot... and at one point in the film he literally wipes his ass with the Fifth Amendment.
Missing White Woman Syndrome: When questioned agent Fox picks up a picture of a little blonde white girl and questioning Beecher if he wants any harm to come to her; even so, he states that she is a Christian and white, which in his eyes is the only kind of people who matter.
Only Sane Man: NSA Vice Chairman Dr. John Beecher seems to be the only member of the Department of Homeland Security that's actually thinking sensibly.
Our Presidents Are Different: Harold and Kumar accidentally land via parachute on the Crawford Ranch and meet real life, then US President George W. Bush who is portrayed as President Buffoon but also reveals himself to be President Personable as well.
Pants-Free: The two seek assistance from a friend of theirs, who is hosting a bottomless party upon their arrival.
Race Tropes: Ron Fox tries to use these to get witnesses to talk, wasting grape soda for a black guy and spilling a bag of coins for Jewish people. These tactics only serve to make people more affronted by his outright racism.
The movie takes it to another level when the stereotypes turn out to be somewhat true, A random black guy watching the grape soda be spilled says "Ask if he got any kool-aid!" and Goldstein starts grabbing the coins off the table after Fox leaves.
Reality Subtext: The sight of Harold and Kumar causes Rob Corddry's character to rant about how "al-Qaeda and the North Koreans" must be teaming up. John Cho's father actually was a refugee from what is now North Korea, who faced near-starvation while fleeing south.
Same Story, Different Names: Kumar and George W. Bush - their relationship with their dads being similar. Of course they were both high when they were making the comparison.
Scary Black Man: Subverted. Harold and Kumar run off the road right by a group of tough looking black guys playing basketball. The guys take off as the black guys come towards them with tools...and a spare tire. Turns out they were just offering to help the guys with their car. One of them is an orthodontist.
Stop Being Stereotypical: Subverted; Kumar is reluctant to become a doctor as he thinks it's an Indian stereotype. He later decides that he wants to become a doctor regardless of whether or not it's stereotypical.
Airport security guard: It's our job as airport security to search for all possible weapons or illegal drugs. Kumar: So just because of the color of my skin, you assume that I have illegal drugs on me?
Sweet Home Alabama: The movie has its fair share of negative Deep South stereotypes, most notably the Ku Klux Klan, but there is also a sophisticated, sympathetic Southern couple that helps Harold and Kumar hide from the government. The couple is still pretty stereotypical. They're an incestuous couple with a deformed son.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: There is a touching conversation about how the convictions of the father are passed on to the son, resulting in George W. Bush calling up his dad to tell him off.
What Could Have Been: In universe: The DVD shows several scenario with "Dude Change the movie" feature. The most different "Harold and Kumar Go to Amsterdam" which is initiated by Kumar not lighting a bong: it is a short film with the duo narrating while no one speaks. Harold finds Maria and Kumar ends up marrying a girl named Ellie whose boyfriend was murdered. The two end up staying in Amsterdam, while Harold and Maria leave