Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
USA/Canada/Germany, 2004. Endgame Entertainment, Harold & Kumar, Kingsgate Films, New Line Cinema, Senator International. Screenplay by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg. Cinematography by Bruce Douglas Johnson. Produced by Nathan Kahane, Greg Shapiro. Music by David Kitay. Production Design by Steve Rosenzweig. Costume Design by Alex Kavanagh. Film Editing by Jeff Betancourt.
After a day of having his talents taken advantage of by his racist boss, investment banker Harold (John Cho) is happy to relax with his best friend and roommate Kumar (Kal Penn) and smoke a much-needed joint. While stoned, they realize they’ve got the munchies and nothing could possibly satisfy them except for a trip to the all-hallowed White Castle burger joint. Their journey from home to destination is anything but simple, and they end up travelling the entire eastern seaboard and meeting a host of colourful characters before they can finally satisfy their craving. This hilariously silly comedy gets above-average status for its immensely likeable leads, both of whom are far better comedians than the film deserves and are the only reason you’ll want to stick with it until the end. The script wisely takes on the stereotypes of Asians (both east and south) that have been seen in films for years (Long Duk Dong anybody?), but the very stupid screenplay loses much of its potential when it gets into sex jokes and lowbrow gross-out humour. Not that you would expect much of anything else from this kind of comedy, but some of Penn’s utterances are so witty that they almost spoil the rest of the experience for you when you realize how much smarter the entire thing could have been. On the other hand, it’s made by the director of Dude, Where’s My Car, and as scary as it sounds, this one’s definitely an improvement.