We like Kal Penn (a.k.a. Kalpen Suresh Modi), a Hollywood actor of Indian origin.
We’ve seen the fella in Mira Nair’s The Namesake (based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s book of the same name).
In Namesake, Kal Penn held his own against the superior Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan.
No mean feat that.
Over the last 12 months or so, SI readers have been recommending we see the comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
We kept putting it off but when the suggestions got insistent, we finally succumbed.
So last night we headed to Blockbuster and picked up the 2004 film.
Just slipped the disc into the player and watched a few minutes of the movie.
Keen to enjoy their weekend, two White guys in an office dump a huge pile of their work into the lap of a Chinese-American colleague Harold and rush off to have fun, but not before making a crude threat of downsizing to ensure that their work gets done.
After we finish the 90-minute movie, we’ll update this post.
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is alright.
Nothing extraordinary but just alright.
If we were paying $9 to watch this film in a theatre (instead of the $2.03 we paid at Blockbuster for the rental DVD), we’d have felt a bit let down.
Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) are pot-loving buddies and roomies whose desperate craving for White Castle burgers one Friday evening lands them in one big mess after another. Folks, that is the movie. No more and certainly no less.
The laughs keep coming because both Kal Penn and John Cho are decent actors and the dialogs are well written and refreshingly crisp.
A lot of it is over the top. Even by comedy standards.
Like a ride on the high-on-weed Cheetah that’s escaped from a local zoo. Or medical school aspirant Kumar treating a seriously injured person at a hospital.
But what the heck. The pace is fast and for the priapically inclined there is the added incentive of a few topless scenes.
Hey, if we can get what Harold got from Maria at the end of the movie in the lift (after the trip to White Castle), we are all for it.
By the way, White Castle is not a fictional burger place. They exist in New Jersey, New York and a few other states. We’ve been to one of the places on Queens Blvd in NYC a long time ago.
You can rest assured we’re going to be visiting one in the near future.