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The movie begins with entry level investment banker [[Harold Lee (character)|Harold Lee]] being taken advantage of by two of his coworkers, who pour extra work on him so they can take off for a long weekend. Their cynical rationale is that, because he is Asian, he loves to crunch numbers. [[Kumar Patel (character)|Kumar Patel]], in the meantime, is interviewing for medical school admission and is passing the interview until he takes a call from Harold, in the course of which he uses vulgarity and overt drug references in the presence of the admissions officer ([[Fred Willard]]). That, combined with an admission that he has no real interest in medical school despite having a perfect [[Medical College Admission Test|MCAT]] score, and that he only interviews so that his dad will continue to pay for his apartment, results in his being immediately rejected for admission. Meanwhile Harold has his own problems: he cannot make his way out of the company parking lot without being ID'd, cannot park in front of his apartment building because a group of "[[extreme sports]] punks" always park there, and finds out that not only does Kumar trim his [[pubic hair]] in Harold's bedroom naked (because Kumar does not have a mirror in his own bedroom), but also that he uses Harold's nose hair scissors to do so (in addition to using those same scissors to cut his "ass hair" for the last few months).
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The movie begins with entry level investment banker [[Harold Lee (character)|Harold Lee]] being taken advantage of by two of his coworkers, who pour extra work on him so they can take off for a long weekend. Their cynical rationale is that, because he is Asian, he loves to crunch numbers. [[Kumar Patel (character)|Kumar Patel]], in the meantime, is interviewing for medical school admission and is passing the interview until he takes a call from Harold, in the course of which he uses vulgarity and overt drug references in the presence of the admissions officer ([[Fred Willard]]). That, combined with an admission that he has no real interest in medical school despite having a perfect [[Medical College Admission Test|MCAT]] score, and that he only interviews so that his dad will continue to pay for his apartment, results in his being immediately rejected for admission. Meanwhile Harold has his own problems: Skittles is gay!!! he cannot make his way out of the company parking lot without being ID'd, cannot park in front of his apartment building because a group of "[[extreme sports]] punks" always park there, and finds out that not only does Kumar trim his [[pubic hair]] in Harold's bedroom naked (because Kumar does not have a mirror in his own bedroom), but also that he uses Harold's nose hair scissors to do so (in addition to using those same scissors to cut his "ass hair" for the last few months).
   
 
While smoking some marijuana in their [[Hoboken, New Jersey]] apartment that evening, they see a TV ad for [[White Castle (restaurant)|White Castle]] and decide to make a [[Road picture|trip]] to get some [[hamburger]]s. Finding a White Castle ends up being more difficult than they had imagined. They discover that the White Castle they had planned to visit in [[New Brunswick, New Jersey|New Brunswick]] near a fictional [[Cineplex Odeon]] location has been replaced by the inferior "Burger Shack", but learn that there is a 24 hour White Castle in [[Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey|Cherry Hill]].
 
While smoking some marijuana in their [[Hoboken, New Jersey]] apartment that evening, they see a TV ad for [[White Castle (restaurant)|White Castle]] and decide to make a [[Road picture|trip]] to get some [[hamburger]]s. Finding a White Castle ends up being more difficult than they had imagined. They discover that the White Castle they had planned to visit in [[New Brunswick, New Jersey|New Brunswick]] near a fictional [[Cineplex Odeon]] location has been replaced by the inferior "Burger Shack", but learn that there is a 24 hour White Castle in [[Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey|Cherry Hill]].

Revision as of 20:24, 18 December 2008

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.JPG
Directed by Danny Leiner
Produced by Greg Shapiro
Written by Jon Hurwitz
Hayden Schlossberg
Starring John Cho
Kal Penn
Music by David Kitay
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
July 30, 2004
Running time
88 min.
Country  United States
 Canada
 Germany
Language English
Budget $9 million (est.)

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (released in some countries as Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies) is a 2004 stoner comedy film. The plot revolves around the two pot-smoking title characters, who decide to go to the fast food restaurant White Castle after smoking marijuana, but when they can't find the restaurant, they have a series of comical misadventures.

The film was written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and directed by Danny Leiner. Starring John Cho (Harold) and Kal Penn (Kumar), it also features appearances by Fred Willard, Paula Garcés, Anthony Anderson, Dan Bochart, Ethan Embry, Jamie Kennedy, Bobby Lee, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Reynolds, Shaun Majumder, David Krumholtz, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Malin Akerman and Neil Patrick Harris (in a deranged parody of himself).

The film was positively received by critics, with a 73% "Fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes.[1][2]

The $9 million-budget film grossed a modest $18 million in 2,163 theaters in the United States,[3] but then went on to earn more than $60 million in DVD rentals and sales.[4]

Plot

The movie begins with entry level investment banker Harold Lee being taken advantage of by two of his coworkers, who pour extra work on him so they can take off for a long weekend. Their cynical rationale is that, because he is Asian, he loves to crunch numbers. Kumar Patel, in the meantime, is interviewing for medical school admission and is passing the interview until he takes a call from Harold, in the course of which he uses vulgarity and overt drug references in the presence of the admissions officer (Fred Willard). That, combined with an admission that he has no real interest in medical school despite having a perfect MCAT score, and that he only interviews so that his dad will continue to pay for his apartment, results in his being immediately rejected for admission. Meanwhile Harold has his own problems: Skittles is gay!!! he cannot make his way out of the company parking lot without being ID'd, cannot park in front of his apartment building because a group of "extreme sports punks" always park there, and finds out that not only does Kumar trim his pubic hair in Harold's bedroom naked (because Kumar does not have a mirror in his own bedroom), but also that he uses Harold's nose hair scissors to do so (in addition to using those same scissors to cut his "ass hair" for the last few months).

While smoking some marijuana in their Hoboken, New Jersey apartment that evening, they see a TV ad for White Castle and decide to make a trip to get some hamburgers. Finding a White Castle ends up being more difficult than they had imagined. They discover that the White Castle they had planned to visit in New Brunswick near a fictional Cineplex Odeon location has been replaced by the inferior "Burger Shack", but learn that there is a 24 hour White Castle in Cherry Hill.

On their way, Kumar is beginning to "come down" and suggests they stop off at Princeton University and have Harold's friend, Cindy Kim, help them "score". While Harold indulges Cindy and her East Asian Students Club, Kumar manages to buy some overpriced grass from a self-proclaimed "business hippie". Harold and Kumar blow off what they think will be a nerdy, boring party given by Princeton's East Asian Students Club for "some fun" with two promiscuous college girls. While hiding from the campus police in a stall of the girl's bathroom, the pair inadvertently overhear their would-be dates engaged in a game of "battle shits". Totally grossed out, they flee the bathroom and the campus — accidentally spilling their newly acquired grass in a toilet.

Later a raccoon gets into the car — when Kumar pulls over for a "pit stop" - and attacks Harold. Fearing that he has contracted rabies he forces Kumar to take him to a hospital over his objections (the nearest hospital is the Freehold General Medical Center, where Kumar's father and brother, who is also a doctor, are on staff). Upon learning that Harold does not have rabies, he and Kumar attempt to leave only to be intercepted by Kumar's father and brother, who angrily confront him over his failed medical school interview and threaten to cut Kumar off if he fails another. Kumar appears to be repentant and even hugs the two men, but he only stole their access cards to search for medical marijuana so he and Harold can get high again. On the way, however, Kumar is mistaken for his brother and pressed into Emergency Room duty. He suggests that they sedate the patient, a gunshot victim, with marijuana — but, learning that the hospital does not have any marijuana, he decides to do things the "old-fashion" way. After saving the patient's life, Kumar asks him for directions to the White Castle in Cherry Hill.

Happening upon Harold’s unrequited crush, Maria, the pair discover that she shares Harold's love of John Hughes’ 1980s Americana films. Kumar tries to signal her but Harold, attempting to stop him, causes the car to careen off the road.

A hideously-deformed tow truck driver who comes to their aid later proves to have an unbelievably attractive wife. The tow truck driver tells them it is okay if they have sex with his wife. As they are feeling her body, they are surprised at how it is actually happening. Their excitement when she propositions them, however, is short-lived when it turns out the husband expects to join in. They also run into Neil Patrick Harris (playing an alternative-reality version of himself), who is strung out on ecstasy[5] and hitchhiking in the middle of nowhere. Harris plans to use his child star status to get laid. They head into a gas station where, after another confrontation with the extreme sports punks, they get directions from where they are to the Cherry Hill White Castle — only to have Harris steal Harold's car as they leave. (Harold and Kumar later see Harris flying down the road in the car he stole from them while snorting coke off the buttocks of a partially naked stripper.)

While planning to call the police to report Harris' stealing their car, the two encounter a racist cop who fines Harold for jaywalking even though there are no cars on the road, who insults them for their "looking different", and for their names. Kumar instigates an argument that results in Harold being taken to the police station for assaulting the officer (Harold intended to hit Kumar, but Kumar ducked and Harold clocked the officer instead). While there, he meets an African-American professor, who was busted for being black, and he is told not to be angry at everyone, because the universe will sort itself out. After making a fake 911 call, Kumar breaks Harold out of jail and steals the Princeton "business hippie"'s huge bag of marijuana, which had been confiscated by the police, before returning to their on-going quest for fast food nirvana. However, the quest grinds to a screeching halt after Harold falls off a cheetah they ride while high and his laptop (which he had brought with him to finish his work) is destroyed, and now they must return home so he can start over. The news gets worse as Kumar relays news that the cheetah took them in a completely different direction from where they were before and now they are hopelessly lost.

After reaching a hot dog joint and having another encounter with the extreme sports punks, Harold decides that he needs to feel the satisfaction in getting what he wants, and he and Kumar steal the punks' truck, which also allows them to uncover the jocks' secret love of soft rock ballads, notably Hold On by Wilson Phillips - to which Harold & Kumar sing along. Kumar suggests that the tape shows the jocks are nothing more than "posers".

Shortly thereafter a police officer spots the truck and begins chasing Harold and Kumar, who elude the officer by driving through the woods. However, the two are trapped at the edge of a cliff as they cannot drive any further. Fortunately for Harold and Kumar the White Castle they've been searching for is right below them...and a hang glider is hanging on top of the truck for them to use. They both glide over the cliff despite neither of them ever hang gliding before and despite crashing into a tree and falling down the cliff they reach their destination. The two then place their orders (30 sliders, five orders of fries, and four large Cokes for each; Harold ordering Cherry Coke and Kumar ordering Diet Coke), only to find out that neither of them has any money. To their rescue comes Neil Patrick Harris, who apologizes for what he did (blaming his being strung out on ecstasy for everything) and pays for their meal as well as giving Harold $200 so he can clean off the "love stains" Harris left in the back seat. He then leaves, saying he was headed to "wherever God takes me."

After eating, Kumar has an epiphany and realizes that he's always wanted to be a doctor, but was too afraid of being one of those "nerdy Indian guys turned doctor", and says he might actually go to his next medical school interview. As they prepare to leave, they run into Harold's co-workers, and Harold gets revenge on them by telling them to stop giving him their work to do and telling their girlfriends they contracted gonorrhea from a hooker. After this, the duo heads back to their apartments, there Harold finds the girl of his dreams in the elevator and ends up making out with her. Unfortunately, she is leaving for ten days in Amsterdam. Kumar, hearing this, gets Harold to agree to go with him on the next plane to Amsterdam. While Harold is not too sure about it, Kumar reminds him: "You do realize what's legal there."

Over the credits, television reporters relay the resolution of some of the other stories in the film: the racist cops who arrested Harold and the college professor are arrested themselves and charged with racial profiling; the extreme sports punks are charged with vandalism and possession of the marijuana that Harold and Kumar left in their truck, and the cheetah Harold and Kumar rode while high is still at large. The final scene before the credits run to their conclusion is a "composite drawing" of Harold and Kumar- which in reality is a stick figure drawing of a stereotypical Sikh man in a turban and a squinting Asian man.

Cast and characters



Cameo cast

Most of the cameo actors turns out to be either friends or co-workers of the main cast in other projects.

  • Eddie Kaye Thomas - Thomas worked with John Cho in the TV series Off Centre and in the first two films of American Pie. Thomas cameoed as Goldstein, Kumar and Harold's next door Jewish neighbour.
  • Ryan Reynolds - Reynolds worked with Penn in the film Van Wilder. He cameoed as a seemingly gay nurse in the hospital scene.
  • Fred Willard - Willard worked with Penn in the film Epic Movie. He cameoed as the Professor who interviewed Kumar in the beginning of the film.
  • Bobby Lee - Lee worked with Cho in the comedy series MadTV. He played a nerdy asian guy who turned out to be wild.

DVD and Blu-ray release

The film was released in a theatrical and Unrated edition DVD on January 4, 2005 and was re-released again on April 1, 2008 in an "Extreme Unrated" edition remastered in time for the new sequel, which opened in theatres worldwide April 25, 2008. The film was released on Blu-Ray disc on July 29, 2008 along with the DVD release of Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.

Differences in Extreme Unrated version

  • The clip of Kumar thanking the hospital patient for directions following the surgery scene has been omitted.
  • Brief nudity is shown during the East Asian Students Club's party at Princeton.
  • Cindy Kim hooks up with Goldstein at Hotdog Heaven.
  • The Extreme Punks have extra dialogue after their truck gets stolen.

Sequels

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is the 2008 sequel to White Castle. The movie revolved around Harold and Kumar trying to get to Amsterdam to find Maria, but when Kumar is mistaken for a terrorist on the plane, they're sent to Guantanamo Bay.

Both Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have announced plans to write and direct a third Harold and Kumar movie, with Greg Shapiro returning as producer, and Kal Penn and John Cho expected to return in their title roles.[6][7]

References

  1. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2006-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Harold and Kumar official site". Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)". 
  4. ^ "Marijuana movies: High expectations".  Text " Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay " ignored (help); Text " Movie Spotlight " ignored (help); Text " Movies " ignored (help); Text " Entertainment Weekly " ignored (help); Text " 1" ignored (help)
  5. ^ Internet Movie Database, "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle - Memorable Quotes". Accessed 11 December, 2007.
  6. ^ "Harold and Kumar 3 Announced". 
  7. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (2008-07-24). "'Harold & Kumar' set for third puff". Variety. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 

External links

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