Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

2006-03-30 12:40

Harold Lee (John Cho) is stuck in a low-level investment banking job, overworked and definitely under-appreciated by his colleagues, who aren't shy about handing off their own work for him to finish over the weekend. To make matters worse, he can't find the courage to talk to his pretty neighbour (Paula Garces) from down the hall.

While Harold toils away, his best friend, Kumar Patel (Kal Penn), is doing everything he can to avoid the real world, valiantly maintaining his carefree partying ways while making half-hearted attempts to gain admittance to medical school and follow in his family's footsteps.

Seeking a break from their less than perfect realities, these two likeable underdogs unwind in front of their TV for a Friday night smoke-out session, resulting in an incredible case of the "munchies." Catching sight of a commercial for White Castle and their mouth-watering hamburgers, Harold and Kumar discover their true mission in life (or at least their mission for this one Friday night) -- they must set out on an all-night quest across New Jersey in search of a White Castle restaurant to satisfy their cravings.

What follows is a comic roller-coaster ride that takes the duo on a twisted tour of the Garden State -- from its finest academic institutions to its scariest backwoods territories, from shady fast-food establishments to, just maybe...the holy grail of White Castle.

What the critics are saying:

"That Cho and Penn are such likable actors and are so funny in their roles earns the movie more slack than it probably deserves and prevents it from being just another gross-out comedy."
- Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times

"The summer has been filled with comedies that failed because they provided formula characters, mostly nice teenagers who wanted to be loved and popular. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, on the other hand, is about two very specific roommates who want to smoke pot, meet chicks and eat sliders in the middle of the night."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Harold and Kumar are just a couple of American boys fighting for their right to be just as self-absorbed, decadent and stupid as their caucasian counterparts. Their ethnicity is beside the point. Except, of course, when it's funny."
- Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

What's this? A gross-out stoner comedy with a social agenda about racial acceptance? As bizarre as this combination may be, it comes together in an extremely funny and strangely heartfelt film. The two likeable leads are the heart and soul of the fun - and both seem destined for bigger and better things.

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