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Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Another in a line of American movies exposing the dark side of the War on Terror, Harold and Kumar is a stunning indictment of that so-called "war's" injustice and hypocrisy.

The movie's first act depicts the railroading of the two main characters due to over-wrought responses, both on the part of law enforcement officials and bystanders. One memorable scene depicts an older white woman's image of the (clean-shaven) Kumar as a bearded, turbaned terrorist. The characters are sent without recourse straight to Gitmo, where they find themselves victim to a system of routinized sexual abuse before an admittedly contrived plot turn enables them to escape.

Despite the title's focus on Guantanamo Bay, most of the action takes place elsewhere. The primary driver of the plot is the manhunt for the title characters led by an out-of-control political appointee (portrayed by Daily Show correspondent Rob Cordry) at Homeland Security. The film's critique exposes how political appointees have displaced and intimidated the professional law-enforcement and intelligence personnel in the US intelligence apparatus, making the process both more unjust and less effective at the same time.

The movie also continues in the first film's path in decrying the hypocrisy of the US's other major metaphorical war, the war on drugs, closing with a stunning revelation of corruption and hypocrisy at the highest levels of government.

Also, not to give anything away, but our prayers are with the family and friends of Neil Patrick Harris.

Posted by tomscud at August 5, 2008 08:36 AM
Filed Under: Film

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Amazon notes: If there's a bodily fluid that doesn't rate a joke in Guantanamo Bay, it doesn't exist.

Posted by: matthew hogan at August 17, 2008 09:47 PM

I actually don't remember any pus-related jokes.

Though I wasn't taking notes.

Posted by: Tom Scudder at August 17, 2008 09:58 PM

Lymph is always good for a guffaw or two, and surprisingly vastly underused in many fields of humor.

Posted by: matthew hogan at August 17, 2008 11:42 PM

how are the special features? I found this to be less politically/sociologically focused than the (legitimately amazing) first installment, but it definitely does a decent job making up for it by radically upping the bodily fluid and frontal nudity quotient

Posted by: johnnn at September 2, 2008 11:19 AM

Didn't check out the special features. Bad, bad reviewer, no donut.

Posted by: Tom Scudder at September 2, 2008 06:34 PM

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