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Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle (unrated)
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Jan 11, 2005 By: Johnny Moreno
Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle (unrated) order
Director:
Danny Leiner

Actors:
John Cho
Kal Penn

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

Two stoners get blown and set out on the ultimate late night journey for the perfect food, the classic sliders known as White Castle hamburgers.  They meet a variety of oddball characters and end up in even odder situations.  Neil Patrick Harris shows you how much of a sissy you really are.  “I’m trippin’ balls!

IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

I’m not really sure what the theatrical version of this was like, but the Un-Rated edition definitely pulled no punches in delivering its subversive and not so PC jokes.  Finally a comedy that has a method and reasoning behind its humor without doing it just because (yeah, I’m looking at you Wayans Bros!)  The flick had minimal “slow downs” (is that a term?) constantly heading straight ahead from scene to scene, f*cked up situation to f*cked up situation.  The only problem I had with the movie was that I got the feeling the movie was nothing more than an amalgamation of messed up scenarios the writers had thought up and just structured them to follow one another with Harold & Kumar driving in between each scene to move it along.  Having that many scenarios, one or two are bound to fail on delivery, but even that didn’t detract me enough from being thoroughly entertained as a whole.

One of the things that clinched it for me was the acting of John Cho and Kal Penn.  They give believable and charismatic enough performances that I had no problem going right along with them on their slacked journey for the greatest hamburger of all time, which in my opinion, is the most disgusting “hamburger” ever made for human consumption. Really, have you eaten those things?  I gave one to my dog one time and he was all like, “I may lick my own balls but I ain’t eating that shit.”  For real.

THE EXTRAS

John Cho and Kal Penn: The Backseat Interview – An interview by Mad TV cast member (who makes a cameo) Bobby Lee with the two leads that takes place in the back of a van.  They talk about how they relate to their respective characters and how Kal Penn has a small bladder and needs to take a piss every six minutes.  Funny stuff.

Audio Commentaries – Three separate commentary tracks.  The first with director Danny Leiner, John Cho and Kal Penn is without a dull moment.  John and Kal basically gush over each other and Danny Leiner peppers the track with technical info and cool on and off set stories.  You get the feeling that shooting was a lot of fun.  The second track is with writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg and the inspiration for the John Cho role, the real Harold Lee which is also without a dull moment.  Here they discuss how they were just trying to pen something that would make all of their friends laugh and how the inspiration behind it all was getting blown and making that trip to find the perfect late night food.  See, you’re on the right track after all! There’s also a commentary track by one of the “extreme” characters in the film that gets old as soon as it starts.

The Art of the Fart – This mini-featurette is based on a scene where two hot English “birds” take some heavenly and stomach wrenching dumps.  Think the Finch scene in American Pie but with two really hot chicks.  The sound designer goes on a quest for achieving the best sounding farts, going so far as to hide mics in the restrooms of restaurants and truck stops.  Kind of funny.

Cast & Crew: “Drive-Thru Bites” – This little extra is set up as separate “meal deals” containing cast interviews with Danny Leneir, the “Diarrhea Twins”, the “Extreme Guy”, and others.

A Trip to the Land of Burgers – Featurette on the trippy ass animated sequence in the flick.

Deleted/Alternate Scenes/Outtakes – Here you can play the scenes with or without commentary.  Two words:  Luiz Guzman!

Theatrical Trailer

Music Video

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Buy buy buy! I usually don’t buy DVDs often (you’d be amazed how many you could fit into cargo pants) but if I were to actually buy one, this would be tops on the list. You get the tangible aspects of being high (or drunk) and having the force of your hunger lead you to search for the perfect food (White Castle or not), and you also get the voyeuristic aspect of watching some f*cked situations and saying, “whoa, I’m glad that’s not me.” As far as the Un-Rated edition goes, you get some choice boob shots and the ladies get to see Freakshow in his underwear. What a deal!
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