Through The Static

April 22, 2008

Mining Post-9/11 America for Laughs

Filed under: Culture,Government,Race — Tranimal @ 4:14 pm

NY Times:

AMERICAN political cinema of the George W. Bush era has come to assume a few familiar forms: the documentary indictment (“Fahrenheit 9/11,” “No End in Sight”), the sober memorial (“World Trade Center,” “United 93”), the angry or earnest Iraq drama (“Redacted,” “Stop-Loss”). In this cheerless landscape “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantánamo Bay,” the sequel to the 2004 cult favorite “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,” creates its own category: the stoner protest film.

The writer-directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who also wrote the first “Harold and Kumar” movie, are reluctant to think of “Guantánamo Bay,” title notwithstanding, in strictly political terms. This is perhaps understandable, since their film features a “bottomless party” (where guests disrobe from the waist down), a brothel visit and a threesome involving a giant anthropomorphic Ziploc bag of marijuana.

“Our top priority was to make people laugh,” Mr. Schlossberg said in a recent telephone interview. “But the secondary priority is that there’s something a little smarter below the surface. I guess in a certain way it’s our reaction to post-9/11 paranoia.”

Hilarious!! Is it just me or Neil Patrick Harris will always look gay to me not matter how straight he plays in movies?


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