Harold and Kumar go to White Castle: Unrated Exten

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring John Cho, Kal Penn, Paula Garcés, Ethan Embry, Neil Patrick Harris, Eddie Kaye Thomas, David Krumholtz, Ryan Reynolds, Christopher Meloni, Siu Ta
Written By: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg
Directed By: Danny Leiner
Studio: New Line Cinema
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The epic movie that everyone has been waiting for, is finally available to own on DVD! Yes, i’m talking about Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. This was probably one of the funnier movies of the year, next to Team America and Anchorman.

Harold and Kumar’s story is pretty simple. Two roommates are stressed out with life and want to smoke up and just have a good time. Harold is stressed from work and getting bullied by two co-workers. Kumar is stressed from his doctor father who wants him to get into med school. Kumar just wants to score some weed and party, and not get pigeon holed in that Indian stereotype that they are all smart doctors. So they get high, watch some TV. But then the munchies happen and they are craving something that’s really gonna hit the spot. They want White Castle, the ultimate burger joint that’s pretty scarce nowadays. They eventually end up where the White Castle is supposed to be, but there’s a different burger place there now. Their new mission is to get to the White Castle in Cherry Hill NJ. Many events happen along the way like meeting Doogie Howser on ecstasy and craving the poontang, a religious, boiled mechanic with a super hot wife, a bunch of “extreme” guys who pick on them and a bunch of bully racist cops. Getting to White Castle isn’t just about eating tiny burgers, it’s an important goal in their life that they must conquer.

At first, I wasn’t sure if this movie was going to be any good but I was wrong. The movie is in the same style of American Pie and Dude Where’s My car. But probably ten times funnier & better than Dude Where’s My Car. The film has lots of scenes that were hilarious, some scenes that were really weird and then there were scenes where it left me scratching my head. I like these type of comedy movies where the characters are trying to get somewhere, but end up having tons of bad shit happen to them along the way. I actually wrote a film exactly like that in college but the film ended up being complete garbage haha. Hey, what do you expect when you try filming the whole movie in one winter weekend in Jersey? But anyway, Harold and Kumar has a lot of cameos like Anthony Anderson, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Reynolds, Fred Willard, Jamie Kennedy, Bobby Lee and of course Neil Patrick Harris. Neil Patrick Harris and Anthony Anderson probably have the funniest cameos and Jamie Kennedy’s is probably the weirdest. His scene was just so random and out of place, but still uncomfortably funny. The two main actors, John Cho and Kal Penn are hilarious and work well together. Before this movie, they only had smaller roles in these types of movies but I’m sure they will get bigger parts after this. And from what I understand, a sequel to this film is already in the works and I’m sure it will be extremely funny, especially if it’s gonna take place in Amsterdam.

The extras on this DVD were actually pretty cool. The DVD menus contain funny dialogue between Harold and Kumar, sitting in the car, talking about the movie & the DVD. Ahh, just watch the menus and you’ll know what I’m talking about. The first thing I checked out was the backseat interview with John Cho and Kal Penn, and driving & asking the questions was Bobby Lee. Bobby Lee asked them both good questions, something I probably would have asked them if I interviewed them. They seem like fun guys to hang out with off the set too. The next feature I looked at was “The Art of the Fart” featurette, which i’m pretty sure isn’t real. Maybe i’m just naive but I don’t think the sound guy went to random bathrooms and taped people taking nasty shits. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t but the featurette was funny to watch nonetheless. The deleted scenes were okay, a lot of scenes involving Christopher Meloni as Freakshow. I can see why they cut some of the scenes out though. After the deleted scenes, there was a brief batch of outtakes that had me laughing. There’s a few other things on the DVD but overall the extras were good.

To summarize this mess of a review, I thought Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle was a funny, gross-out comedy in the same vein as American Pie and Cheech and Chong flicks. There’s lots of nudity, smoking weed, hot British chicks with “the taco shits,” nerdy asian college students getting freaky, and Doogie Howser sniffing coke off strippers’ asses. If you think those things are funny (I certainly think so!), then check out Harold and Kumar.

Deleted Scenes & Extreme Outtakes The Art Of The Fart
– Sound Featurette
Hilarious “Back Seat Interview” with John Cho and Kal Penn
Extreme Actor & Filmmaker Commentaries
Music Video
DVD-ROM Features and more!

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: Kumar and the Hash Stash, Battle Shits, Listening to the “extreme mix”
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 90 minutes
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