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Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (2004)

Reviewed on 2007 February 20

This is one of the funniest things I’ve watched. It’s raunchy, it’s wrong, and it’s perfect after a crappy day at the office.

Harold Lee (John Cho) is an investment banker, struggling with a stalled career and annoying cow-orkers despite how good he is and how hard he works. Worse, he has a crush on a pretty neighbor Maria (Paula Garc├ęs), but doesn’t have the nerve to say much of anything to her. His roommate Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) has an arguably bigger problem. Kumar does not want to be a doctor, even though his daddy and picture-perfect older brother are both top-flight surgeons and assume Kumar will be too. Kumar has the brains but not the desire, and he knows his family will never understand.

It’s Friday night and Kumar doesn’t want to think about that, or much of anything. He just wants to spark up some non-prescription pharmaceuticals with Harold and go find some parties. Harold has to be in the office the next day so he can’t live too large, but they both have the munchies, so they decide to go to White Castle for some Slyder™s. They take off, thinking that can’t be too big a deal, and soon realize Jason didn’t have this much trouble getting that golden fleece.

I’m sure Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg had fun writing this, thinking “what can hit the fan next?” and then having the guts to put it in. I’ve seen more detailed plots on those horoscope place mats you get in Chinese restaurants, and yet it gels and it’s hilarious. Penn and Cho are likable, whether the messes they get into are their fault or not. And you can’t help but be frustrated for them — who hasn’t craved something basic like a Slyder™, only to have a ridiculously hard time getting it?

Three chocolate morsels, and one of those huge fountain drinks.

Shukti

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