Last weekend I got the opportunity to see the Harold and Kumar sequel. Writers Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg do double duty this time and step behind the camera as directors. I enjoyed the first one immensely. It was a perfect blend of stoner comedy and road trip movie with one or two of the now standard gross out scenes. Unfortunately, I enjoyed the sequel a bit less. Gone are the two kind-hearted stoners and the biting (yet funny) satire about racial stereotypes. In their place is a traditional comedy with characters who point at something with outrage and exaggerated redneck stereotypes.
The events take place shortly after the first movie. Harold and Kumar return home after a night of binging on White Castle burgers. They start to follow Harold's crush to Amsterdam, but get kicked off the plane when Kumar tries to light a bong. The boys are then chased through Guantanamo Bay and across The South leading toward a climax in Texas.
Along the way they encounter a bottomless party, an inbred redneck Cyclops, a KKK rally, and have another run-in with the legendary NPH. Instead of a complete story, the movie feels like it’s just running its protagonists through a series of sketches. Still, it’s good for a chuckle or two, but nowhere near as funny as the original.