Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register Now to see X-MEN First Class!
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
John Cho
Kal Penn
Neil Patrick Harris.
Directors
Danny Leiner.
Screenwriters
John Hurwitz
Hayden Schlossberg.
Running Time
88 minutes

LATEST DVD REVIEWS
Muppets From Space
3 Star Empire Rating
Fargo
5 Star Empire Rating
Dead Of Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Orca: The Killer Whale
1 Star Empire Rating
Descent, The
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Fargo
5 Star Empire Rating
Dead Of Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Wake In Fright
5 Star Empire Rating
Seven Samurai
5 Star Empire Rating
Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The
5 Star Empire Rating

Harold and Kumar Get The Munchies
Silly but sweet romantic comedy about two stoners in search of burgers.


submit to reddit


Plot
Harold (Cho), a Korean-American investment banker with a report to file, and Kumar (Penn), an Indian-American student facing a vital interview at medical school, smoke grass to chill out. When hunger strikes, they realise that only White Castle burgers will hit the spot and set off on a surreal all-night adventure to find some…


Review
Danny Leiner's magnum opus - Dude, Where's My Car? - may have been awful, but there's no denying the genius in that title, and, for the follow-up, it's good to see the muse hasn't left him. In fact, it's blossomed; where Dude was a skimpy ragbag of ideas strung together by the goofy coupling of Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, Harold And Kumar is a much better riff on the same formula, with richer characters and a tighter, though no less stupid, script.

It's also a strangely radical movie, putting two smart, white-collar ethnic guys in a genre that's designed for young, dumb caucasians. But Leiner rarely plays the race card - yes, H&K do face racism, especially from the cops, but this cheerful romp simply satirises it into yet another thing that gets between the duo and their burgers. Like the escaped cheetah, for example, or an E'd-up Doogie Howser, who steals their car to quench his lust for more drugs and lap dancers.

Crasser gags - like the excruciatingly awful 'battleshits' scene - spoil what could have been a fantastic comedy, but this is cleverer than it looks, inviting Middle America to accept two non-WASP character actors as leads and illegal drug use as a suitable premise for a sweet, romantic comedy. For that alone, it should be applauded.


Extras

Harold And Kumar Get The Munchies Harold And Kumar Get The Munchies
Released: 30 June 2005
Three commentaries: the best with the director and stars John Cho and Kal Penn, a second with the writers, and a third with ‘Extreme Sports Punk #1’ Danny Bochart; a funny but overlong sound effects mockumentary; special effects featurette; interviews, outtakes and deleted scenes


Verdict
Warm, crazily inventive and sometimes hysterical, but Harold And Kumar is bogged down by toilet humour and never quite fulfils its promise.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Harold and Kumar Get The Munchies
Empire Star Rating

Get the Munchies with H & K now

Funny, bold, daring. Cheech and Chong for now. Penn is hysterical and Cho is a great straight man. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by lynnshep at 15:52, 29 November 2008 | Report This Post


Fantastic

This is just one of those daft movies that you can sit down to watch and be guaranteed to laugh every time. There are so many funny parts in the film but for some reason the part I always laugh at is when Harold steps onto the empty road and the police car appears from nowhere. And Neil Patrick Harris is brilliant. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by CIW at 03:25, 27 October 2008 | Report This Post


Harold and Kumar Get the Munchies is - unlike many comedies today - actually funny; full marks especially go to any scene involving Neil Patrick Harris. And unlike many other movies today (comedic or dramatic), it is a particularly poignant film, with both Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) experiencing the sort of character arc not often found on the silver screen. The film also succeeds in providing both a funny and insightful look at American race relations, with varying comedic - and ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Southall Sissoko at 22:13, 02 December 2006 | Report This Post


Bring on number 2

Harold and Kumar's plot is simple;kill the munchies but while trying to make it to the promised land(white castle) everything that could go wrong,does. The predicaments made me laugh a lot, even 'battles***s'. I can't wait until Harold and kumar go to amsterdam ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by mckenzie1 at 22:24, 18 March 2006 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Who’s In Spider-Man’s Sinister Six?
A bluffer’s guide to the planned spin-off from the Amazing Spider-films

14 YouTube Videos Every Game Of Thrones Fan Should Have Watched By Now
From goats singing the theme tune to every death in under three minutes

Hollywood's Biggest Names On Their Favourite Films
Stars and directors like Nolan, Whedon, Wright and Ford on the films that inspire them

The Remake Report: Hollywood's Do-Overs Coming Our Way
The redoes, remakes, reboots, reworkings and reimaginings headed our way…

The Nebraska Playlist
Alexander Payne programmes a movie marathon for us

More Found Footage: Another 25 Trailers That Tease Missing Scenes
Further sequences that disappeared between promo and final cut

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)