Box art for Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle


In the year's funniest comedy, two guys on a quest to satisfy their cravings for burgers find themselves on a hilarious all-night adventure as they run into one screwy obstacle after another.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
4 out of 5
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: This gonzo ganja comedy is propelled more by sly charm, sharp wit and stinging social satire than by mere smoke jokes.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, July 30, 2004

Rotten: Has enough laughs and misadventures to satisfy its built-in audience, but it won't win any converts.

- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, July 30, 2004

Fresh: You'll laugh, you'll laugh, and you'll laugh%u2014especially if you see the movie in the cannabis enhanced glaze that the filmmakers intend.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010

3 stars

I actually think this is a pretty funny movie and one of the better stoner oriented movies. Much like Dude, Where's My Car?, this knows exactly what it is and doesn't pretend to be the smartest or cutting edge comedy. It definitely has a lot of laughs and the craziness of some scenes are really memorable.

- ythelastman89, Friday, May 28, 2010

4 stars

Hilarious and ridiculous stoner comedy that succeeds by not only being consistently funny, but also smart, witty, and not devoid of substance. Having a Korean American and an Indian American as the heroes of a stoner comedy is refreshing. It's great to see a movie that touches on issues of identity from these viewpoints, and it's even better that it's done with humor. Even though it is one of the many movies to use the trope where the journey is more important than the destination, I'm a huge fan of those types of movies, as well as that belief in general. Even in my own life I see the journey being more important than the destination. This is a great movie that I highly reccomend. And to think, it's all about identity and perceptions of stereotypes, but it's guided by the simple premise of two stoners whose simple trip to deal with the munchies turns into an overblown madcap adventure that involves all sorts of ridiculous situations and colorful characters. That's something awesome, right there.

- cosmo313, Sunday, July 15, 2012