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25th
AUG

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

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Harold and Kumar Go To White CastleFrom the same director of Dude, Where’s My Car? comes this latest stoner comedy about two friends in search of the ultimate satisfaction: White Castle.

For those of you who have never eaten or had White Castle, let me just say as a former employee of White Castle, that their menu is not exactly something that you crave for every day. Unlike McDonalds or Burger King, White Castle is a family owned company where all the restaurants are owned by the same family. The classic WC burger is a square piece of meat that is about 2 inches wide. The squares have holes too. The burgers are cooked over grills that are first covered with onions and water. As the onions and water steam the burgers are placed on top, along with the buns. Together everything is steam cooked and in less than three minutes you have about 30 burgers per grill cooked. Most people purchase White Castle burgers in packs of 20 or 30, for large groups, 50, 100, and even 200 are pretty normal. White Castles are also open 24 hours a day, so in most locations there is an after hours rush right around 1 and 2 in the morning. Many customers at those hours of the night would tell me that they never eat White Castle unless they are totally drunk, high, or both. This is so common that everyone in Chicago knows this. However from personal experience, I can tell you that the reason people crave White Castle at late hours of the night, is that they really have strong coffee and the taste of onions does wake you up.

Anyway, back to our movie review….

In the movie, Harold (John Cho) is a pushover in his job and so he gets stepped on by his jerk coworkers, who leave him to do some reports, so they can go drinking. His roommate Kumar (Kal Penn) is a brilliant guy who is suppose to follow in his family’s footsteps of being a doctor, but his slacker attitude tells him he just wants to have fun. When Harold gets home, the plan is to start smoking some MJ, and relax. In the film Harold’s biggest problem is that he doesn’t stand up for himself and he has yet to tell his hot latin neighbor how much he likes her. For Kumar it’s all about MJ. After the initial smoking, they both decide that they have to make it a special night and end it with some White Castles and this is where their quest begins.

They eventually end up in an Ivy League college, get their car stolen, asked to participate in a four-way, and meet up with Doogie Houser, or at least the real actor that played him. Plus their is a cheetah that they ride through the forest too.

Essentially this film is all about funny situations and while the Harold and Kumar characters could have been a lot less likeable, they actually end up being pretty cool and interesting, so the film ends up being a little better than the sum of its parts.

Some reviews have compared the film to a newer version of Cheech and Chong, and there certainly are some good reasons why to draw this conclusion. The obvious one is that both pairs of actors are not your average pairing of a couple of white guys or one white guy and one black guy.

Overall this movie is a lot better than Dude, Where’s My Car?, while not exactly being a great film, it certainly is entertaining in some parts.

My favorite scene is the dream sequence where Kumar marries a giant bag of weed and has sex with it. There is something ridiculous about this, yet the actual metaphor works on so many levels that you can’t help laughing.

3 out 5 stars

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