Posted on 1/15/05 10:03 AM
You don't have to be stoned to appreciate this film, but it'd sure help. Yes, this is typical teen stoner fare in the strictest Cheech & Chong manner, but unlike Dude, Where's My Car, there is a great likeability and connection with the two main characters.
John Cho plays Harold, a quiet, neat investment banker looking to be content with slipping under trouble's radar. Kal Penn, Kumar, is his roomie and the irresponsible ying to Harold's "don't rock the boat" yang. Both characters are smart, funny, and make wonderful use out of subtle facial expressions you have to see to appreciate. Let's see Sean William Scott try to make a subtle facial expression.
The other nice aspect of the film is the excellent cameos throughout. Chris Meloni, Jamie Kennedy, and Neil Patrick Harris as himself break up what could have been simply a cheesy drug flick. Other oddball characters and some pretty surreal situations add just enough laugh-out-loud moments to keep this interesting.