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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

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An Asian-American office worker and his Indian stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
J.D. (as Robert Tinkler)
Dan Bochart ...
Maria (as Paula Garcès)
Mike Sheer ...
Mean Tollbooth Guy (as Angelo Tsachouras)


Harold Lee and Kumar Patel are two stoners who end up getting the munchies. What they crave the most after seeing a TV advertisement, is a trip to White Castle. So from here, follows a journey for the burgers they require. On their way they will encounter many obstacles including a raccoon, a racist officer, and a horny Neil Patrick Harris. Written by Film_Fan

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Fast Food. High Times.


Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, sexual content, drug use and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harold & Kumar  »

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,480,378 (USA) (30 July 2004)


$18,225,165 (USA) (10 September 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real restaurant "Hot Dog Heaven" is only located in two cities in Ohio, Amherst and Avon Lake. The Producers had lunch in the original restaurant in Amherst one day and loved it so much they asked the owner to use the logo in the movie. See more »


The blood stain on Harold's shirt disappears for a few shots after the raccoon scene, when they almost collide with the car on the road. See more »


[first lines]
J.D.: Billy boy! Get your ass ready. It's almost 5:00 and this bad boy needs to get his drink on. No, no, no. Give me that.
Billy Carver: Don't.
J.D.: I'm gonna burn it once and for all.
Billy Carver: Stop it.
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User Reviews

A Hilarious Social Satire disguised as a drug-sex romp
24 July 2004 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

Yes this film is rude, crude, over the top, full of choppy editing (probably to ensure an R not NC-17)and sometimes cliché', but it works. Yes there is plenty of Drug Humor and sex humor, but the funniest stuff is actually the on going humor involved with racial inequality and characters who learn how to break those typifications because of their symbolic journey to White Castle. This film pushes the line between being too crude and sometimes too smart for it's own good. The Acting is Right on from the 2 leads and there are quite a bit of funny cameos.

This film is similar to the American Pie films, but substitute the cutesy wootesy sub plots and messages with a realistic and brash message about race and class equality and beating the typifications we in life get tagged with constantly.

The film has plenty of raunchy humor which acts as a great balance to the theme. It does dabble with some stereotypes but the times the stereotpyes are broken especially from Kumar who brings a light fun and jovial spirit to the film and has some of the funniest moments.

At times the editing is so bad, especially when Kumar is peeing by the bush.

The editing ruins a perfectly cast cameo which gets wasted it just ends up making no sense because of obvious excessive cuts.

But overall I found it very very funny, and I did not leave feeling stupid like I did after the funny yet inherently stupid Dodgeball, but left thinking about these social and racial issues. Overall, I left a funny satire with some strong points and ideas that sometimes get overshot but still resonate . . . . a little anyway. Still funny as hell though even if you miss the hidden almost subliminal message within the film.

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