I have to admit that I am quite a bit biased when it comes to stoner movies. Ever since I saw Dazed and Confused, I was hooked on those real time flow stoner comedies, where a people would get into all kinds of situations, often hilarious. As a young man I didn’t even know that such things existed and let alone that they could happen to me. But I digress. Directed by Danny Leiner, who already knew how to make stoner comedies because of Dude, Where’s my Car?, Harold & Kumar is one of the best movies in this genre. With a very easygoing and continuous flow, it just sucks you into this world where the usual quests are turned upside down. Instead of chasing money, girls or notoriety, these two cats are just looking for some White Castle burgers. And weed, of course. Kal Penn, who you might know from Van Wilder and John Cho, the MILF guy from American Pie, were the perfect choices for this movie. It’s also interesting that you have two protagonists who are not white and you know that the target audience is white, so the conclusion you are left with is: stoner movies don’t care about the color of your skin, there’s only one color and it’s green 🙂

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle [2004] Movie Review Recommendation PosterMeet Harold and Kumar, two guys living together and navigating through the treacherous waters of adult life. While Harold is working as an investment banker, Kumar is resisting medicine as his calling because of stereotypes. Both of them use weed to relax after a long day. One faithful night they get stoned and have a craving for White Castle burgers. Deciding to go for it, they soon pack up and are on their way to a nearest White Castle. However, upon arrival, they realize that the place has moved and this leads them on adventure of their lifetime.

Interesting things start to happen when you start analyzing the story of this movie more closely. It tells the story of our society that people just don’t want to hear. Our society and capitalism as its main vessel. A story of people so overworked and fucked up by social norms that they have to have some release, a certain period of day where most of the things would seem okay. A period where you would not obsess over your own perceived failures, debts or problems with girls. I could go on and on, but you get the picture. If you’re in a mood for some more Harold & Kumar adventures, you should check two sequels, they were pretty decent.

Director: Danny Leiner

Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Ethan Embry, Robert Tinkler

Fun Stuff: Neil Patrick Harris plays a character named “Neil Patrick Harris” and is billed as such rather than being billed “as himself.” According to an interview on NPR, this was done to make clear that he plays a parody of himself.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0366551/

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