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Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The recent model for this kind of surreal jazz-riff comedy is Doug Liman's 1999 "Go," a neo-classic. But you know already from the director (Dude, Where's My Car?'s Danny Leiner) if this movie is for you. Leiner has cornered the recent market on low-rent farces.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A blissfully silly, character-driven road movie with impressive laugh-per-minute performance specs.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I laughed often enough during the screening of Harold & Kumar that afterward I told Dann Gire, distinguished president of the Chicago Film Critics' Assn., that I thought maybe I should rent "Dude, Where's My Car?" and check it out.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    This stoner buddy movie is filled with raunchy, gross-out humor. It's immature, clunky and probably the best bit of groundbreaking social commentary we've seen in years.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Harold and Kumar share a quality the overgrown adolescents in films like this are never allowed to possess: They're witty, focused, and highly aware. They make having a brain look hip.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Extremely silly and vulgar comedy with some clever humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie wallows in bad taste and is cheerfully vulgar and offensive in every possible category. It includes constant drug use, bad language, extremely explicit toilet humor, and frequent and explicit sexual references and situations. There is comic violence, some graphic, including a scene in surgery with a lot of blood and a disfigured man. While some characters are bigoted and there is a lot of homophobic and racist humor, a strength of the movie is the portrayal of diverse characters.

  • Families can talk about how Harold and Kumar deal with pressure from family and co-workers. What does it mean to say that "the universe tends to unfold as it should?"
  • Parents can talk to kids about drug and alcohol use. What are the real life consequences? How is drug use portrayed in the media?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Rampant homophobic and racist humor meant as over the top. But -- almost unheard of in Hollywood -- the movie's titular stars are Asian and Indian.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The lead characters can be charming and funny, but make some bad choices and smoke pot constantly.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A surgery scene with much blood.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Frequent and sexual references and situations.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: White Castle is prominently on display here.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Constant marijuana use that looks pretty fun.