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DAVID EDWARDS ON THE NEW MOVIES: HAROLD AND KUMAR GET THE MUNCHIES Cert 15, 88mins HH.

Byline: DAVID EDWARDS

A pair of pot smokers go on a midnight quest for burgers in this aggressively adolescent attempt to update Cheech and Chong's stoner movies of the '70s. Brought to us by the team who made Dude, Where's My Car?, there's plenty of gross-out humour, frequent flashes of bums and breasts, and shedloads of skunk-inspired stupidity. But not much else.

The action centres on Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) who, after an evening toking session, get a bad case of the munchies and embark on a trip to a local burger bar. Along the way, our short-term memory-deficient heroes find themselves attacked by rabid racoons, hunted by a redneck mechanic and locked up by local-yokel cops.

A cross between Up In Smoke and American Pie, how much you enjoy Harold and Kumar's exploits will probably depend on how many bong hits you've had beforehand.

BEST QUOTE: "You know the Holocaust? Picture the exact opposite of that." On Katie Holmes' boobs.

BEST BIT: Neil Patrick Harris (of Doogie Howser MD fame) makes a fun cameo as a coke-snorting burn-out.

WORST BIT: The pair hitch a lift on the back of a stoned cheetah.

IF YOU LIKED... Up In Smoke, Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back... YOU'LL LIKE THIS.

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STONER: Kal Penn; PECKISH: Penn, Cho and Malin Akerman
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2005
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