Parents' Guide to

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Extremely silly and vulgar comedy with some clever humor.

Movie R 2004 87 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 16+

Funny parts, but for a mature teen

Very frequent F-word and other swears. Graphic sexual references including double penetration. Women are objectified and demeaned. Man offers his wife for sex. Two occurrences of topless women. Cocaine snorting on back of one topless woman. Plays on stereotypes (East Asian’s love math, South Asians are convenience store owners, cops beat up / unlawfully arrest African Americans, etc). Ongoing marijuana use portrayed as positive / cool. Man has fantasy relationship with large bag of week, including sex with it.
age 16+

Funny and hilarious

I think this movie is hilarious and fun you will definitely enjoy it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (21 ):

This unpretentiously genial little stoner comedy has a couple of things going for it. The characters and jokes are a bit above average for a genre with admittedly low standards. And its very unambitiousness gives the film moments that almost approach charm. Many of Harold and Kumar's adventures are gross, disgusting, and downright stupid.

However, there are a couple of moments that are funny, sweet, and even smart, and some commentary on race and ethnicity that almost qualifies as subtle. Cho and Penn are engaging, especially when they sheepishly but then with increasing joy sing along with Wilson Phillips, and there are appearances by Fred Willard, Neil Patrick Harris, and Anthony Anderson. I also give it extra credit for avoiding the obvious forms of triumph over the bad guys.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 29, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: January 3, 2005
  • Cast: John Cho , Kal Penn , Malin Akerman
  • Director: Danny Leiner
  • Inclusion Information: Asian actors, Gay actors, Indian/South Asian actors, Female actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 87 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong language, sexual content, drug use and some crude humor
  • Last updated: December 11, 2023

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