have to get to White Castle"
hates his investment-banking job and Kumar (Penn) does want to start his career
in medicine but it's the weekend. After getting completely stoned the munchies
kick in but they don't want the usual take out or fast food, they want the amazing
burger combo from White Castle. The only problem is that the White Castle they
usually go to has closed and now they have to start an epic journey to feed their
the trailer pushes the fact that is the 'Asian Guy from 'American Pie'', 'the
Indian Guy from 'Van Wilder'' and the 'Director of 'Dude, Where's my Car?' you
can't really expect much and this movie doesn't disappoint.
the tradition of the American gross-out comedy, 'Harold and Kumar get the Munchies'
tries to continue that mould but the problem is that is just doesn't go far enough.
There is absolutely nothing new in this movie and the film is completely void
of those cringingly funny moments that make the genre so popular. There are a
few funny moments but not enough for it to rise up to the heady heights of the
'American Pie' movies, which are still the standard for modern day version of
the cult genre.
What makes the film still watchable however
are the two leading men. The movie moves away from the typical all American central
characters and highlights the comedy skills of John Cho and Kal Penn. Making the
film from a different cultural perspective works and provides some good gags.
You'd expect most of them to come at the two characters expense but they give
as much as they get. These are two talented comedic actors but they deserve a
better script that this.
There are quite a few cameos in the
movie from actors associated with the genre and most of them are quite funny.
'Van Wilder' Ryan Reynolds pops up as a nurse, 'American Pie's' Eddie Kaye Thomas
shows up as a fellow stoner and Neil Patrick Harris pokes fun at his 'Doogie Howser'
While there are quite a few laughs in 'Harold and Kumar
get the Munchies' and the two lead actors are talented, the film just doesn't
have enough to raise itself above average. It does succeed in giving you the munchies
for burgers though.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound, the movie is presented extremely well.
Director Danny Leiner is joined by his stars John Cho and Kal Penn for
a funny commentary track. You can that the trio rally enjoyed working
together from the start, as this is a continual mickey-take as they rip
into each other. They discuss the many gags in the film, the cast and
how much they enjoyed working together to provide a commentary that, in
parts is actually funnier than the movie.
John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg talk about the evolution of the story
and how it came to the silver screen. The pair talks about working together
and their influences behind the story, as they reveal that they wanted
to write a cross culture movie that would appeal to young, whatever ethnic
background. The key point was to show that whatever your heritage, everyone
goes through the same problems and rights of passage.
Cast member Dan Bochart gives his own 'Extreme commentary for the movie.
As he played Extreme Sports Punk #1 in the movie, which was his first
motion picture role and therefore his first commentary track, he provides
the dude take on the movie, offering some funny opinions on the characters
and some insider gossip on the flick.
Extreme Outtakes (1.12 mins)
A montage of adlibs and gaffs from the cast, as we see more of Harold's
Land of Burgers dream and more of Freakshow.
Deleted Scenes (15.18 mins)
Entitled 'Luis Guzman scene', 'Officer Brucks' Weedy Fantasy', 'Rosenberg
& Goldstein', 'Extremely Extreme', 'Freakshow', 'Kumar's extended Weedy
fantasy' and 'Outtake montage', these deleted and extended scenes suffer
from the lack of a commentary track explaining why these scenes were cut.
A trip to the Land of Burgers (16.25 mins)
Director Danny Leiner, editor Jeff Betancourt and graphic designer Chevan
Hicks take you behind the scenes of Harold's 'Land of Burgers' fantasy
sequence. The trio talk about the design process of the sequence, the
original cut including extended cast cameos and how they think the sequence
played out on film.
Drive thru bites (20.18 mins)
Director Danny Leiner, writers John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg and
stars Brooke D'Orsay, Kate Kelton, Steve Braun, Eddie Kay Thomas, David
Krumholtz, Paula Garces, Fred Willard and Neil Patrick Harris talk about
appearing in 'Harold and Kumar…'
The Art of the Fart (10.38 mins)
Director Danny Leiner and sound designer Jeff Kushner talk about the inventive
methods used to record the sound for the girl's bathroom sequence. Some
of them are very extreme.
John Cho & Kal Penn: The Backseat (12.59 mins)
Supporting actor Bobby Lee (Kenneth Park in the movie) drives stars John
Cho and Kal Penn around the streets of LA asking them questions about
pube trimming, Freakshow, Weedy, Princeton and female toiletry habits.
Reviews of 'The Prince and Me' and 'Paparazzi'
MGM have done a great job with the DVD transfer of 'Harold and Kumar…'.
With three good commentary tracks and a slue of featurettes, fans of the
movie should rejoice and pack it for their own trip to 'White Castle'.
For everyone else this is a much better film on DVD, with the bonus features
adding to the fun.
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