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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  30 July 2004 (USA)
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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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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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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)  »

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Harold & Kumar  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£284,050 (UK) (4 March 2005)

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Did You Know?


Although they did not work together, Kal Penn and 'John Cho' appeared in House M.D. (2004) TV show. Cho was House's patient in the first season, and Penn played doctor Lawrence Kutner from the fourth to the fifth season of the series. See more »


The slider special (as shown on the TV commercial at the beginning) is $2.99 for 6 burgers, fries and a drink. If they ordered 5 specials each, their bill should be just under $30 before tax, and yet they are charged almost $50. However, in the finale they order separate items (30 burgers, 5 fries, and 4 drinks each). Unless the server converted that order into specials (8 specials, plus 10 burgers and 2 fries), they would not get the cheaper price. 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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Hilarious- simply brilliant
10 August 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

OK, maybe I "got" this movie because I'm a recent graduate of an ivy-league school (and I can relate to Harold and Kumar, and know about 200 people like them), but I didn't stop laughing. And I'm not a person who is into "American Pie" type movies- yet this was still totally hilarious. I think it is going to be one of those cult comedies, like "Office Space" or "Old School" that people watch over and over again.

Listen, don't go in expecting an academy award winning film, but just go in ready to laugh. I thought the writing had real wit, not to mention the hidden references and one liners that any film buff will appreciate.

Go see this movie- I really don't think it will disappoint. I'm a real cinephile, I see everything and am usually quite picky, but I loved this film!!

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