Movie/DVD Review: Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

Quote: “I’ve been trimming my ass hairs with that for the past 6 months.”

Film: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle”
Starring: John Cho and Kal Penn
Studio: New Line Cinema
Originally Released: July 30, 2004
Watched: September 7, 2008 via Netflix
Ebert Rating: ***
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%
My Netflix Rating: **** (Really Liked It)
Wikipedia Entry

Synopsis

Asian stoners Harold (a workaholic Junior Analyst) and Kumar (a non-motivated prospective Medical student) head out for a crazy night of hijinx after getting major munchies for White Castle burgers. The boys spend the entire night looking for the nearest White Castle in the next town and encounter detour after detour including run-ins with a gang of punks, crazed law enforcement officers, various hot chicks, a Bible thumping, freaky tow truck driver, Doogie Howser (???) and a cheetah (???).

Thoughts

If you’re looking for a great laugh this film definitely delivers in spades. Cut from the same mold as other great stoner comedies like “Dude Where’s My Car,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” this film is just what the doctor orders if you need a good, mindless laugh. Is the film stupid? Of course it is. Does it leave you in stitches? Totally. There was quite a bit of LMAO moments in here that made the film totally worthwhile. For the guys, the gratuitous amount of hot chicks flashing doesn’t hurt much either 🙂

DVD Features

The DVD has the standard set of features you’d come to expect, all very well done.

  • John Cho and Kal Penn: The Back Seat Interview (12 mins)
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Cast and Crew: Drive-Thru Bite. Quick sound bites on the film with Director David Lainer, Brooke D’Orsay (Clarissa), Kate Kelton (Chrissy), Steve Braun (Cole), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Rosenberg), David Krumholtz Goldstein), Jon Hurwitz (Writer), Hayden Schlossberg (Writer), Paula Garces (Maria), Fred Willard (Dr. Willoughby), Neil Patrick Harris
  • Featurette: “The Art of the Fart” (10 mins). Behind the scenes about the hilarious “Battle Shit” scene and it’s sound design production. This is probably more than you’d care to know but it’s hilarious.
  • Featurette: “A Trip to the Land of Burgers” (10 mins). Quick talk about the issues behind the filming of the “Land of Burgers” scene
  • New Line Movie Previews
  • Two Theatrical Trailers
  • Music Video

The Verdict

Is this film worth a watch? Totally. Is the DVD worth purchasing? That’s up to you to decide. The features are well done so if you did find this film totally awesome where you need the DVD by all means buy it. For the rest of us a simple watch via your rental service of choice will suffice.

Highly Recommended

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