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

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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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


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