I’ll come clean – this stoner comedy is one of the funniest films I’ve
seen since ‘There’s Something About Mary’. Harold (John Cho) is an
efficient Korean-born finance rep who’s often left to pick up the
pieces of his xenophobic, work-shy colleagues; his best mate, Kumar
(Kal Penn), a promising Indian medical student constantly ribbed by the
local dunderhead gang, is supposed to be readying himself for a series
of career interviews but, quite frankly, he’d rather just get stoned.
And what pleases Kumar pleases Harold. During a toking session, the
pair spy a TV ad for a well-known US fast-food joint that spurs them
into an overnight burger quest that proceeds to spiral ridiculously,
and hilariously, out of control. The film comes with at least
half-a-dozen side-splitting scenes, yet behind all the Farrelly-esque
gross-out humour and Cheech & Chong-isms lies a sensitive little
picture with a deftly handled anti-racism slant. Credit too to the
congenial leads (especially Penn), who have their indomitable
characters down to a T.