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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 109 | Rotten: 38

The likable leads and subversion of racial stereotypes elevate Harold and Kumar above the typical stoner comedy.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 8

The likable leads and subversion of racial stereotypes elevate Harold and Kumar above the typical stoner comedy.



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Directed by Danny Leiner, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean-American investment banker Harold (John Cho) and Indian-American medical-school candidate Kumar (Kal Penn). Both underdogs, Harold and Kumar decide to spend what would have been an otherwise uneventful Friday night satisfying an oddly intense urge for White Castle hamburgers. However, finding a White Castle proves a highly difficult task, and the two friends wind up on an


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Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz

Jan 4, 2005


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A multilayered goof on ethnic stereotypes...

August 14, 2007
Rolling Stone
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Behind all the Farrelly-esque gross-out humour and Cheech & Chong-isms lies a sensitive little picture with a deftly handled anti-racism slant.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Stretches the boundaries of offensiveness in ways that both make us laugh and make us think.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source:
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Silliness is the movie's only ambition, but there's something mind-blowing about seeing a fratty comedy through two pairs of Asian-American eyes, particularly when those eyes belong to actors who were token minorities in other dumb comedies.

August 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A peppy, satisfying comedy that could soon become a minor classic.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Will seem a classic if you're stoned, and only slightly less funny if you're straight.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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One of the funniest films I've seen in a years.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Extremely dumb and vulgar comedy; not for kids.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

You'll laugh, you'll laugh, and you'll laugh%u2014especially if you see the movie in the cannabis enhanced glaze that the filmmakers intend.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

'This night is about the American dream,' Kumar promises, and you know what? It sort of is. [Blu-Ray]

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...for all its juvenile shortcomings, there's a sweet and beguiling charm to the film.

July 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A deserving modern classic, even if only for being so bold as to describe Katie Holmes' breasts as being "the exact opposite" of the Holocaust.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

...fares a whole lot better than the majority of its stoner-comedy brethren...

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

An over-the-top romp which rehashes lots of dumb drug jokes but breaks far enough away from the tried-and-true teen formula to earn a high mark even from this jaded critic.

April 11, 2008 | Comment (1)
Bean Soup Times

a whacky, racially refreshing breather in Hollywood's white-dominated, politically over-correct bummer of a mainstream culture

August 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Go ahead, it's what you crave.

June 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

While unabashedly unsophisticated, this flick is subtly smarter, more audacious and more finely tuned than other movies of its ilk...

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Warm, crazily inventive and sometimes hysterical...

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's all as serious as a White Castle slider.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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...this film is dreadful! Horrible! Terrible! Aaaarrggghhh!

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comments (9)

Funny and brave; it's tradition with a refreshing new twist.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Frankly, if there isn't already another Harold and Kumar movie in the works, then there should be.

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Will never become a teen classic, to be remembered lovingly as the film that shaped your teenage years but one thing's for sure: it's very funny and wonderfully dumb.

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

There's an audience that will appreciate this, but they may struggle to see it through the smoke.

March 1, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle


Original, unpretentious, funny and above all well written. The "buddy" road movie chemistry of Harold and Kumar, single-handedly revived the stoner comedy genre at the turn of the millennium, however stoner comedies are a kind of comedy film featuring qualities that can range from gut busting and unique, to "Freddy Got Fingered". However this one feature some extremely likable and refreshingly hilarious hero's who sideline the expected racial stereotype humour by giving them a witty and clever character twist, whilst understanding who it's audience is, and offering gross out, in your face laugh out loud humour. It combines raunch, sweet overtones and witty dialogue chopped full of laughs held nicely together by energetic performances from the leads. My only criticism is that many film fans will go and watch "White Castle" with no plausible intention of being baked in the process. That said as somebody who saw this equipped with nothing more than a small soft drink and a bag of popcorn I found enough laughs in it, I can only imagine how hilarious this must be if you're on weed simultaneously. But for me, I see it as easygoing, ridiculous, emotionally engaging fun with enough high and low brow moments to satisfy those who appreciate how good modern comedies can actually be if they bothered to try. After all if it weren't for the outstanding success of Harold and Kumar we wouldn't have stoner comedies like Seth MacFarlanes overly embraced "Ted" and David Gordon Green's Pineapple Express. The best compliment you can give the film is that it's a stoner comedy masterpiece, and it is.
February 27, 2013
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A semi-offensive flick that doesn't take itself seriously... like at all.
I'm one of the few people that have seen the 3rd installment before watching the classic "White Castle" iteration so I see how the roots started it all, and frankly, "White Castle" is a dumbed down version of "Christmas 3-D". Yeah, it's "kind of" entertaining, but it's rarely and it's horribly made. Poster says, "From the director of 'Dude, Where's My Car?'" That's not a good way of advertising. Shot, directed, and edited horribly.

Other then that, "White Castle" is somewhat of an entertaining road-movie, but if you're looking for high-laughs that split your insides, "White Castle" ain't it. It's sequel does a better job.
January 11, 2013
Albert Kim

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Hilarious and ridiculous stoner comedy that succeeds by not only being consistently funny, but also smart, witty, and not devoid of substance. Having a Korean American and an Indian American as the heroes of a stoner comedy is refreshing. It's great to see a movie that touches on issues of identity from these viewpoints, and it's even better that it's done with humor. Even though it is one of the many movies to use the trope where the journey is more important than the destination, I'm a huge fan of those types of movies, as well as that belief in general. Even in my own life I see the journey being more important than the destination. This is a great movie that I highly reccomend.

And to think, it's all about identity and perceptions of stereotypes, but it's guided by the simple premise of two stoners whose simple trip to deal with the munchies turns into an overblown madcap adventure that involves all sorts of ridiculous situations and colorful characters. That's something awesome, right there.
July 15, 2012
Chris Weber

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The epic stoner tale of two friends who are on a mission to eat White Castle burgers. This is the plot to 'Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle' and while it is relatively simple, there is a lot of funny stuff that happens along the way. The humor is gross, rude, and at times vulgar, but the impeccable chemistry between the two likable leads makes everything work. The jokes are hilarious and the cameo appearances of Neil Patrick Harris is just icing on the cake.
June 25, 2012
Christopher Heim

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    1. Kumar: Thank you, come again!
    – Submitted by russell b (10 months ago)
    1. Kumar: Remember that time when we got really stoned and started throwing shit off of that bridge to see if it would float?
    – Submitted by Brendan C (15 months ago)
    1. Harold: Did Doogie Howser just steal my fucking car?
    2. Kumar: Yes! I think he did.
    – Submitted by Lee V (2 years ago)
    1. Rosenberg: Oh! Tits! Tits!
    2. Goldstein: Boobies! Boobies! Boobies!
    – Submitted by Dylan C (2 years ago)
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