Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

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Director: Danny Leiner

Cast: Danny Leiner, John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula Garcés

     
 

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Directed by Danny Leiner, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean-American investment banker Harold (John Cho) and Indian-American medical-school candidate Kumar (Kal Penn). Both underdogs, Harold and Kumar decide to spend what would have been an otherwise uneventful Friday night satisfying an oddly

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Directed by Danny Leiner, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean-American investment banker Harold (John Cho) and Indian-American medical-school candidate Kumar (Kal Penn). Both underdogs, Harold and Kumar decide to spend what would have been an otherwise uneventful Friday night satisfying an oddly intense urge for White Castle hamburgers. However, finding a White Castle proves a highly difficult task, and the two friends wind up on an epic road trip of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling, and enough half-baked, politically incorrect philosophizing to outweigh a White Castle value meal. ~ Tracie Cooper

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Only someone who has feasted on the little square burgers sold by this venerable fast-food chain can truly appreciate the hypnotic spell they exert on hungry potheads like the titular duo of this funny little road movie that slyly explores the immigrant experience while never ruining the contact high of the stoner genre. Corporate drone (John Cho) and his underachieving roommate, Kumar (Kal Penn), come down with a bad case of the munchies one Friday night after smoking copious quantities of marijuana, and they determine that nothing will "hit the spot" except some White Castle burgers. What should have been an uneventful drive turns into a bona fide odyssey in which the pals confront a series of obstacles as bizarre as they are hilarious. On one level, director Danny Leiner's tale doesn't hold up to very close scrutiny: For one thing, the episodic plot, which unfolds entirely in northern and central New Jersey, doesn't abide by the physical laws of time and space. Supporting characters pop up in places they could not possibly have reached, given their appearance at earlier points in the story. And there's no way Harold and Kumar could have traversed the Garden State and hit certain specifically named locations within the period circumscribed by the script. But we quibble. Harold and Kumar offers plenty of entertainment and insight to those willing to overlook its little quirks. While fulfilling their mission to munch, our two first-generation American heroes are consistently insulted, stereotyped, and harassed for the unspeakable sin of looking different. Watching Cho and Penn endure these racist encounters makes them even more sympathetic, and points to a little documented American experience. It also reminds us that their cinematic stoner forbearers -- Cheech, Chong, Jeff Spicoli, Bill, and Ted -- never had to put up with this ugly vision of The Man. While most of the humor is sophomoric, and there's the usual quota of lowest-common-denominator gags, the movie is so good-natured that it's hard to level criticism. Nobody expects sophisticated banter from stoned 20-somethings, but this little movie sneaks a level of sophistication while remaining wonderfully stoopid.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Rollicking good fun, persuasive in its joyful high spirits even during the slow, dumb bits, and even sometimes hilarious, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) is another cult classic from Danny Leiner, the director of Dude, Where's My Car? (2000). As in that previous film, the yuks hinge on a simple premise: two mismatched buddies on a mundane quest. Granted, a search for addictive square mini-burgers is not exactly the quest for the grail, but it's where the film goes and how it gets there that distinguishes it from just another pea-brained teen sex romp. Over the course of an evening, the heroes (dryly played by John Cho and Kal Penn) escape from prison, have their car stolen by Neil Patrick Harris, who plays himself, and ride a cheetah (you read that correctly). They also encounter some organically placed celebrity cameos, such as Fred Willard, always a treat in small doses, and an unrecognizable Christopher Meloni as a tow-truck driver-cum-swinger named "Freakshow." Despite a brain-damaged subplot about the heroes' regular encounters with extreme-sports bullies (not sure what point is being made there), the pleasurable comic surprises like these keep coming regularly, layered over a surprisingly egalitarian insistence that anyone, regardless of ethnic origin, has the right to blaze up, pig out, and choose not to conform to racial stereotypes. It's a non-conformist, anti-politically correct message straight from the '70s. If you're of a certain tolerant mindset, it's a sweet relief that someone still believes it.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
UPC:
0794043114243
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
68,489

Special Features

Closed Caption; Remastered unrated version of the movie; Tons of behind-the-scenes extras; Exclusive 15 minute sneak peek of the Harold and Kumar sequel: Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay; John Cho & Kal Penn's induction into the White Castle Craver's Hall of Fame featurette; Deleted scenes & outtakes; The Art of the Fart - sound featurette; Hilarious "Back Seat Interview" with John Cho and Kal Penn; Actor & filmmaker commentaries

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cho Harold
Kal Penn Kumar
Paula Garcés Maria
Neil Patrick Harris Himself
David Krumholtz Goldstein
Eddie Kaye Thomas Rosenberg
Christopher Meloni Freakshow
Ryan Reynolds Male Nurse
Fred Willard Dr. Willoughby
Ethan Embry Billy Carver
Jamie Kennedy Actor
Steve Braun Actor
Brooke D'Orsay Actor
Luis Guzman Actor
Kate Kelton Actor
Shaun Majumder Actor
Malin Akerman Liane
Anthony Anderson Actor

Technical Credits
Danny Leiner Director
Jeff Betancourt Editor
J. David Brewington Executive Producer
J. Miles Dale Co-producer
Joe Drake Executive Producer
Heavenspot Animator
Jon Hurwitz Screenwriter
Hanno Huth Executive Producer
Bruce Douglas Johnson Cinematographer
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Nathan Kahane Producer
Alex Kavanagh Costumes/Costume Designer
David Kitay Score Composer,Executive Producer
Cassandra Kulukundis Casting
Jeff Kushner Sound/Sound Designer
Carsten H.W. Lorenz Executive Producer
Diane Mazur Makeup
Jimmy Miller Associate Producer
Laurie Mirsky Asst. Director
Paul Jones Effects Studio Makeup Special Effects
C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Animator
Steve Rosenzweig Production Designer
Luke Ryan Executive Producer
Hayden Schlossberg Screenwriter
Greg Shapiro Producer
Bob Sher Art Director
Kelly Wright Sound Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
1. Begin [5:45]
2. Home [4:36]
3. Hunger [4:52]
4. New Brunswick [3:11]
5. Princeton [8:08]
6. Rest Stop [4:53]
7. Hospital [4:32]
8. Detour [2:46]
9. Freakshow [7:11]
10. Neil [6:15]
11. Crosswalk [2:36]
12. Jail [5:26]
13. Cheetah [5:18]
14. Hot Dog Heaven [3:44]
15. Cherry Hill [4:32]
16. White Castle [5:23]
17. Home Again [3:40]
18. End [5:21]

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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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This movie was one of the funniest comedies in 2004! I just couldn't stop laughing most of the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the funniest movie I have ever seen. It has the right mix of comedy and sexual content that it is good for anyone, probably over the age of 17 to fully understand and enjoy this movie. But its a real keeper
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my god! This movie was awesome. It is sooooo funny dude. My girlfriend (Belladonna) and I watched it like 30 times already. It has Doogie Howser in it, I use to have a tshirt from that show. You need to buy this movie!!! The part with the guy in the bushes is great too. Get yourself a bowl of 'chicken and rice' :) and get this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a somewhat fun movie, but ultimately it is the most forgettable stoner movie I've ever seen. 2 stars is all it's worth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Hilarious! And Neil Patrick Harris ... need I say more ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie really made me want to eat white castle. It was very funny and you need to see it. The acting wasnt that good but hey it made it even funnier. Great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harold and Kumar go to White castle is the funniest film ever! This movie contains similar content to the American pie movies. But Harold and Kumar go to White Castle is very different because it features two minorities playing lead roles! John Cho is Harold Lee and Kal Penn is Kumar! They go on a one night Journey to find White Castle Hamburgers! This a is funny movie! I like this movie a-lot! Highest Possible Recommendation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was not funny. the jokes were not funny. the story was not funny. i like good movies but this one was not funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't be happier with this movie. Funny, and such good stoner humor. Favorite part? When our boys meet up with Freakshow and his wife. Freakshow is outside singing a "gospel song" that goes:"Hey Randy? "What?" "The Devil!" LOL funny, ROFL funny Pee in your pants funny... bottom line: DEFINITLY WORTH A PURCHASE!
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