Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Reviews
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.
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.
John Cho and Karl Penn go on a trip for White castle burgers after smoking cannabis and encounter many strange things along the way, as their simple journey becomes more and more difficult.
The idea has been done before, but director Danny Leiner takes it and turns into something new as each new scene just makes you laugh at how ridiculously stupid yet funny it is.
Both Cho and Penn play their respective stereotypical characters very well, creating the least stereotypical characters they possibly can. With the rest of the cast offering even more to this interesting and sometimes although I struggle to see how, poignant, film.
A simple, old idea which has tired the public time and time before has been turned into something excellent, funny and new with "Harold and Kumar."
***' 3 & A Half Stars
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.
Rollicking good fun, persuasive in its joyful high spirits even during the slow, dumb bits, and even sometimes hilarious, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle is a cult classic from Danny Leiner, the director of Dude, Where's My Car?. As in that previous film, the yuks hinge on a simple premise: two mismatched buddies on a mundane quest. Granted, a search for addictive square mini-burgers is not exactly the quest for the grail, but it's where the film goes and how it gets there that distinguishes it from just another pea-brained teen sex romp. Over the course of an evening, the heroes (dryly played by John Cho and Kal Penn) escape from prison, have their car stolen by Neil Patrick Harris, who plays himself, and ride a cheetah (you read that correctly). They also encounter some organically placed celebrity cameos, such as Fred Willard, always a treat in small doses, and an unrecognizable Christopher Meloni as a tow-truck driver-cum-swinger named "Freakshow." Despite a brain-damaged subplot about the heroes' regular encounters with extreme-sports bullies (not sure what point is being made there), the pleasurable comic surprises like these keep coming regularly, layered over a surprisingly egalitarian insistence that anyone, regardless of ethnic origin, has the right to blaze up, pig out, and choose not to conform to racial stereotypes. It's a non-conformist, anti-politically correct message straight from the '70s. If you're of a certain tolerant mindset, it's a sweet relief that someone still believes it.
Two stoners try to find there way to white castle because they have the munchies and on there way encounter some pretty hilarious moments.
The ending is fairly predictable, they eventually get there, and everything turns out happy ever after for the lovable stoners.
It's funny, but it's not a masterpeice.
It's a good movie to watch when your drunk or hanging out with some friends and in a very unserious mood.