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Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay [2008] [R] - 9.6.10



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Harold (John Cho) remembers the moment he and Vanessa (Paula Garces) shared an elevator from the previous adventure and boards a plane to Amsterdam to join her. Unfortunately, Kumar (Kal Penn) comes along, is deemed to be a terrorist threat while in the air and the two are sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They manage to escape but the adventures take them to many places while they are trying find someone to help them clear their names. Also with Daneel Harris, Eric Winter, David Krumholtz, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry, Christopher Meloni, Beverly D'Angelo and Ed Helms. Directed by Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - Two men are forced by a prison guard to perform oral sex on him: the guard drops his pants (his bare buttocks are visible), the two men kneel down in front of him and we hear slurping; two other men kneel down in front of a man who also tells them, in crude terms, to perform oral sex on him, and there is a diversion before they actually do so.
 A young man dreams that he and a young woman kiss in bed, and she slips under the sheets (implying oral sex); he talks about a fantasy of having sex with her and a large bag of marijuana, and we see the bag with a bikini on, he kisses the bag, he thrusts against the bag that is on top of the young woman, and the young woman inserts her hand into a pink encircled orifice.
 A man is shown masturbating under sheets (we see rhythmic movement and then see a spurt of semen hit his face).
 A man tells two women to take off their clothes and kiss while he watches, they do so (their bare breasts are visible) and we see them kissing passionately.
 Three men go to a brothel, many scantily clad women (their bare breasts and buttocks are visible) line up for the men, one man chooses a woman with extremely large breasts, and another man chooses two women. Partially clothed prostitutes (their bare breasts are visible) are shown standing behind glass in view of people walking along the street. A man stands up in a hot tub and his genitals and a huge amount of pubic hair are shown in close-up. Many women at a party are shown nude from the waist down (bare buttocks and pubic regions are visible). A woman who's nude from the waist down answers a door to two men (her bare buttocks and pubic region are visible). A woman nude from the waist down removes her top (her bare breasts, buttocks and pubic region are visible). Two men pull down their pants (their bare buttocks and legs are shown) and they twist their hips as if waving their genitals in the air (we do not see their genitals). We see a painting of a nude woman on a wall (bare breasts are visible) and we see posters of women wearing bikinis in a man's room. A man is shown showering (we see his bare back and part of his chest).
 A young man and a young woman lie in bed kissing and it is implied that they have had sex (he is in a tank T-shirt).
 A young man and a young woman kiss passionately in a library. A young woman smokes marijuana then blows the smoke into a young man's mouth while kissing him. A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. A man remembers kissing a woman and we see them kissing. A man and a woman kiss in a movie.
 Two men kiss passionately and one pulls at the clothes of the other.
 A young man's arm accidentally grazes a young woman's clothed breast. A man massages a woman's ankle.
 A man tells another man (using very crude terms) that his girlfriend is having sex with other men. A man describes a sex act. A man tells another man the he is "not joining the mile high club with him." A man makes a remark (in crude terms) about a woman in a movie getting him aroused. A man looks at a man who is showering and remarks about the appearance of his pubic hair. A man tells another man that he'll "be up in her guts" before you know it. A man makes a comment about another man having had "crabs" and a woman nearby says, "Oh, I love crabs." A man says that he and his wife "get it on." A man says, "I'm going to a whore house."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man is shot in the back twice, he spits blood and falls to the ground dead. A man is electrocuted on an electrified fence and dangles dead on razor wire.
 Two men are forced by a prison guard to perform oral sex on him: the guard drops his pants, the two men kneel down in front of him and we hear slurping; two other men kneel down in front of a man who also tells them, in crude terms, to perform oral sex on him, and there is a diversion before they actually do so.
 A man brands a woman (we see her bare buttock with a sizzling brand on it and she screams). A man accidentally sets himself on fire with a torch. A man sprays two men with mace.
 Men with guns tackle two men to the floor of an airplane (they think they have a bomb). A man with a gun tackles another man, also with a gun, who is threatening two other men. A man holds a gun on a man who walks toward him.
 A man punches another man in the face and stomach (he lies on the floor unconscious). A man punches another man in the stomach. A man knees another man in the crotch. A man slaps himself in the face.
 A man shoots a deer and the blood splatters on a man's face, the shooter then stabs it with a knife and stuffs it into a bag (we see blood on the knife and the man licks it).
 Three men fall out of a plane, two men glide down with a parachute, crash through the roof of a house and the third falls out of sight (presumably dead).
 A man threatens to cut a man's genitals off. A man threatens to kill two men. A man threatens a man in several scenes. A man argues with airport security and accuses them of racial profiling when they select him for a random drug and weapons' search. A woman looks at a man and imagines him as a terrorist threatening to make a plane crash.
 A man holds up a picture of a little girl and asks another man if he wants to see her get raped and murdered, and then throws the picture against the wall. While questioning two men a man throws a glass against the wall and pounds on a table.
 Two men run when they see several other men approaching their car while carrying crowbars. A man pushes his way into an airplane bathroom while another man is using it.
 A man accidentally backs his car into a fire hydrant, and it sprays water everywhere. An inebriated driver swerves, saying that he saw a unicorn in the road. A woman falls when her shoe's heel breaks.
 People talk about violent acts they have perpetrated against a minority. A man says that a man has weird eyes (he's Korean). A man talks about a woman putting used tampons in a professor's purse. A man says that he rubbed another man's toothbrush on his pubic hair.
 A man tears out a page from a book, puts it in the back of his pants and pulls it out smeared with feces. A man urinates on the heads and faces of two men who are hiding. A man flatulates and defecates in a bathroom where another man is showering (we hear the noises and the man moaning). A man urinates in an airplane bathroom (we hear the trickle). A man urinates in the woods (nothing is shown or heard). A man drinks a stale beverage from an already open can, and then spits it out. Something slimy pours out of a man's shoe. A goat defecates on a pillow in a jail cell.
 We see a child with strange hands, a single eye in the middle of his forehead and a beak-like mouth.

PROFANITY 10 - 108 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures in a photograph, 13 sexual references, 2 sexual hand gestures, 47 scatological terms, 40 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Native Americans, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, 1 derogatory term for Asian Americans, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 1 derogatory pronunciation of Arabs, name-calling (idiot, stupid, inbred, ignorant, dumb rednecks, puny), 3 religious profanities, 17 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man eats many hallucinogenic mushrooms, then drinks alcohol and beer while driving, three men smoke (one of whom is presented as President George W. Bush) marijuana laced with cocaine, people smoke marijuana in a restaurant, a young man and a young woman smoke marijuana in a library, a man smokes marijuana, a woman smokes marijuana, a man builds a smokeless bong in an airplane bathroom so that he can smoke marijuana and does so. A man confronts a woman about having found marijuana in her purse, a man shows two men a large box of marijuana and paraphernalia, and a man tells a woman that she should snort Zoloft when she feels stressed. People drink wine with a dinner, several men drink beer, a man holds a beer bottle, and several men hold bottles in brown bags (we do not see them drink and it is not clear what the bottles contain).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Guantanamo Bay, racism, terrorists, the KKK, hatred, love, prostitutes, Amsterdam, friendship, racist stereotypes, freedom, incest, rights, Cuba, circumcision, hypocrisy.

MESSAGE - Trust your country, not your government.

Special Keywords: S9 - V6 - P10 - MPAAR

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