Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

2004

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Critics Consensus

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

74%

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Total Count: 147

80%

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User Ratings: 324,148
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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 epic road trip of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling, and enough half-baked, politically incorrect philosophizing to outweigh a White Castle value meal. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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  • Mar 20, 2016
    It's a very funny film that is both a stone comedy and a buddy comedy as they ride on cheetahs, get extremely high and fly on handgliders, but it's also extremely vulgar and hard to watch at some points. It's not very realistic either.
    Tarin P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2015
    Wacky hijinks abound in the stoner comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. John Cho and Kal Penn star as two best friends who get a hankering for some White Castle burgers, but to get them they'll have to overcome racist cops, an escaped cheetah, and Neil Patrick Harris. The comedy it pretty outrageous and delivers some good laughs. But there's also a lot of vulgarity, crudeness, and stoner humor. And, some of the shenanigans are overly stupid and idiotic. Additionally, the characters aren't especially likable; particularly Kumar, who comes off as a selfish jerk most of the time. Still, for what it is Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is entertaining and bit of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2013
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2013
    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.
    Albert K Super Reviewer

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