Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Harold and Kumar go to White Castle

Being a fan of the restaurant White Castle for almost two decades, I was stoked when I first heard about this project. I mean extremely stoked. A film where the title characters entire drive is to get to White Castle? How the heck did they sell this to the studio? At any rate, I’m quite happy that they did.

The film, and the concept are “stupid,” I will give you that. The movie’s title characters, Harold and Kumar, are roommates who just want to relax after a stressful week. Well, at least Harold’s week was stressful. Kumar is a typical slacker roommate, who bums around and makes the hard working roommates’ life a living hell. Harold plays the Hollywood typical “hard working” Asian stereotype, who gets dumped on by his co-workers with extra work.

Kumar’s perfect weekend is to just sit around and smoke pot, and wants Harold to partake. Since Harold has been forced to take additional work, he wants no part in it. After much convincing, Harold joins Kumar in the “fun.” Soon afterward they begin to get the craving for, you guessed it, White Castle burgers. Sounds like a simple task, doesn’t it?

Apparently getting White Castle is harder than it looks.

Now, I remember a funny story from the first time I watched the film. After it was over we tracked down the closest White Castle. Of course, driving 6+ hours and 4 states to get White Castle as a poor college student just wouldn’t have cut it. Thought it might make a good movie.

The sequel, by comparison, is not nearly as good.

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