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HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO
WHITE CASTLE (USA) aka
HAROLD & KUMAR GET THE MUNCHIES (UK)
USA: New Line Cinema
UK: Icon Film Distribution
Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Malin Kerman, Anthony Anderson, Boyd Banks, Dan Bochart, Steve Braun, Steven DiTata, Brooke D'Orsay, Ethan Embry, Paula Garces, Luis Guzman, Neil Patrick Harris, Jon Hurwitz, Sandy Jobin-Bevans, Kate Kelton, Jamie Kennedy, David Krumholtz, Bobby Lee, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Reynolds, Hayden Schlossberg, Siu Ta, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Dov Tiefenbach, Robert Tinkler, Fred Willard, Gary Anthony Williams
Director: Danny Leiner
Countries: USA / Canada
UK: 87 mins
USA Rated: R for strong language, sexual content, drug use and some crude humor
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, drugs use and sex references
USA Release Date: 30 July 2004
UK Release Date: 4 March 2005
Combining the outrageous comic sensibilities of AMERICAN PIE with the wild open-road adventures of ROAD TRIP, HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE takes the buddy comedy genre to mind-altering new highs.
Harold Lee (John Cho) is stuck in a low-level investment banking job, overworked and definitely under-appreciated by his colleagues, who aren't shy about handing off their own work for him to finish over the weekend. To make matters worse, he can't find the courage to talk to his pretty neighbor (Paula Garces) from down the hall at home.
While Harold toils away, his best friend, Kumar Patel (Kal Penn), is doing everything he can to avoid the real world, valiantly upholding his carefree partying ways while making half-hearted attempts to gain admittance to medical school and follow in his family's footsteps.
Seeking a break from their realities, these two likeable underdogs unwind in front of their TV for a Friday night smoke-out session, which results in an incredible case of the "munchies." Catching sight of a commercial for White Castle and their mouthwatering hamburgers, Harold and Kumar discover their true mission in life (or at least their mission for this one Friday night) - they must set out on an unbelievable all-night quest across their home state of New Jersey in search of a White Castle restaurant to satisfy their cravings.
What follows is a comic roller-coaster ride that takes the duo on a twisted tour of the Garden State - from its finest academic institutions to its scariest backwoods territories, from shady fast-food establishments to, just maybe...the holy grail of White Castle.
Along the way, Harold and Kumar meet an array of crazy characters (not to mention one rabid raccoon and an escaped cheetah on the run...) and overcome some outrageous obstacles. But with every step of the journey, they somehow manage to keep their eyes on the tasty prize - learning more than they bargained for about themselves and each other in the process.
John Cho (AMERICAN PIE trilogy) and Kal Penn (MALIBU'S MOST WANTED) lead an accomplished cast that is peppered with a slew of hilarious cameos, including Neil Patrick Harris (Broadway's ASSASSINS) as himself, Fred Willard (A MIGHTY WIND) as an Ivy League recruiter, Eddie Kaye Thomas (AMERICAN PIE) and David Krumholtz (SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS) as Harold and Kumar's neighbors, Ryan Reynolds (VAN WILDER) as a male nurse and Christopher Meloni (TV's LAW & ORDER S.V.U) as the bizarre Freakshow.
HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE is directed by Danny Leiner, who previously helmed the hit comedy DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? The film was written by Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg.