In all honesty, I didn't find Harold & Kumar Escape from Guatanamo Bay to be as funny as I had anticipated, nor did I think the film had the subtle wit that elevated the 2004 original from being another generic stoner comedy to being one of the most amusing entries in the genre. Even the plot of the film lacked the surrealist quality of its predecessor, yet another quality that made it a very watchable film.
With that said, I really enjoyed this movie.
I know Harold and Kumar. At least this film and the previous effort have always maintained that illusion effectively. I like them. Furthermore, I was very intrigued to see what they've been up to since I left them at the end of the previous film.
The character development constructed in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle was very strong, and it built a strong relationship with the audience (or, at the very least, with this reviewer). It is difficult not to be intrigued by them. They laugh in the face of prejudice as they are challenging it; they feel disenchanted with what the world around them expects of them; and they share a genuine bond as friends. In many ways, Harold and Kumar are very idealized characters, but with enough of a human context to make them seem very tangible.
The sophomore entry into this series begins immediately after the conclusion of the first film. The duo decides to board a flight to Amsterdam in an effort to pursue the object of Harold's affection from the first film, Maria.
When airline security mistake the drug paraphernalia that Kumar smuggled on board as an explosive device, the boys are sent to Guantanamo Bay under suspicion of terrorist activity. The boys quickly manage to escape, and then proceed to embark on a bizarre trek to find the fiancée of Kumar's ex-girlfriend (and his one true love) Vanessa, a political heavyweight who may be the only one who can clear the boys' names.