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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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Fast Food. High Times.

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Adventure | Comedy

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

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30 July 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£284,050 (UK) (4 March 2005)
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Harold shares a jail cell with Tarik, who tells him not to get riled up by people because "in the end, the universe tends to unfold as it should". He doesn't give credit, but Tarik is quoting the 1927 poem "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann. See more »

Goofs

The cut Harold receives from the extreme punks grows as the movie progresses. See more »

Quotes

[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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Followed by Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam (2008) See more »

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Rock to the Rhythm
Written by Gideon Black, Nicholas Black, Jason Rabinowitz
Performed by Lexicon
Courtesy of Spytech by arrangement with Position Soundtrack Services
Courtesy of Mixed Metaphor Music (BMI), Gideon Black, Nicholas Black and Jason Rabinowitz
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If stoner comedy has a place in the satire canon, this is one of the best.
30 July 2004 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

If two chicks sitting in stalls playing 'Battleshits' while the two Indian and Asian 'heroes' hide between them suffering the sounds and smells of scatological low humor sounds funny to you, then you should consider seeing 'Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.' My last stoner movie, the remake of 'Starsky and Hutch,' was indeed Sunday school by contrast.

Director Danny Leiner ('Dude, Where's My Car?') has taken this genre and made a classic, not just because it exploits every possible ethnic stereotype with zeal equaled only by 'Bad Santa's' decimating the Christmas formula. 'Castle' has such fun imitating the roguish good will of the Hope/Crosby road pictures while commenting on the egregious weaknesses of parents and police that almost anyone who doesn't mind a breast or two bared in the name of satire can laugh heartily at modern adult pretensions and youthful indiscretion.

Harold and Kumar are trying to find an all-night White Castle after experiencing the sudden yearning that afflicts almost anyone who has had a 'slider' burger. Like that little square of fat and calories, the pot and girls are just too good not to indulge now and then. The two early twenties students, one a serious stock analyst and the other a lazy pre-med genius, are like Hope and Crosby in their witty repartee and canny ability to escape harm. Being delivered from the wrath of seriously deformed 'Freak Show' and his siren wife doesn't deter them from considering the affections of the battling babes or idolizing Neil Patrick Harris in a cameo playing himself as a lethal womanizer.

More serious is the multicultural subtext about stereotyping (Asians are nerdy number crunchers and Indians are overachieving medical doctors, for instance) overturned by, for instance, morphing a seemingly 'Joy Luck' club gathering into a raunchy party or exposing a gang of mouthy skinheads as 'girliemen.' It's all pop-cult fun at our own expense, something akin to actually enjoying the articles in 'Playboy' even if they weren't our reason for buying the mags.

My grandson Cody and I bonded once again, this time just laughing at the silliness, enjoying the satire, and figuring how we could get his dad to allow his young brother to see it, despite the lurid spots that give spice and lend naughtiness to our increasingly dangerous lives.

If stoner comedy has a place in the satire canon, this is one of the best.


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