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Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo Bay (2008) Dir John Hurwitz Odeon, Hull

When Kumar chases his friend Harold out of the aeroplane loo brandishing a bong that looks suspiciously like a poison gas canister there is only really one way that things can go…

 

No stereotypes are left unchallenged in this riot of a movie, which is childish, gratuitous, crass, offensive and thus extremely funny. I haven’t laughed out loud at the cinema in absolutely ages.

 

The brilliant thing about this over the top and in places foul (Fed: “This is what you can do with the Bill of Rights”. Rubs. Kumar: “Urgh! Don’t you EVER wipe man!?) film is that it challenges our political and social expectations. No really.

 

There is no slack in this film. It is truly breakneck stuff and a testament to the brilliant screenplay that the time just flew by and you are completely engrossed (and grossed) for the whole of the picture, something often lacking in comedy.

 

Dumb and Dumber meets Midnight Express, with a dash of Fahrenheit 911 thrown in for good measure. A gem of a film.

 

We saw this at the Odeon mainly due to the idiotic show times for other films at the Vue. Either 6.30 (too early if you have kids) or 9.30 (too late if you have work in the morning.

 

Watching a film at the Odeon is like watching a portable in the corner if you have a wide screen telly, after going to Vue.

 

 7.30, 8.00 and 8.30 please Mr. Vue Showing Times Organiser. Ta.

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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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