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By Brianwilson (Brianwilson) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 03:31 am: Edit

Can anyone predict it's box office receipts?

It's definately groundbreaking for having two asian-american leads, and it's better than the average stoner comedy.

By Lax46 (Lax46) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 03:54 am: Edit

Every single one of my friends is seeing it. And I think they're a great cross-section of teenage society in America.

I think Kal and John are awesome - I saw them on an interview and they totally kick major arse.

By Macramequeen (Macramequeen) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 03:54 am: Edit

I posted this in another thread but one good post deserves another so here it goes:

Dear Friends, Fans, Haters, Players, and True Money Makers,
>Hey! This is Kal Penn (aka Kalpen Modi) and John Cho writing to encourage you to go see our upcoming comedy from New Line Cinema, "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," opening nationwide on July 30th. This film marks the first time a major studio is releasing a project with two Asian American males as the leads. We don't have stereotypical accents, we don't passively tread through the story, we're not asexual or hypersexual, there are no martial arts scenes, one-dimensional cab driver segments. We play a couple of
>all-American guys who happen to be of Indian and Korean descent. Our characters (Harold and Kumar) are post-collegiate buddies who get the munchies and end up going on the adventure of their lives as they set out to satisfy a spontaneous craving for White Castle burgers. Ebert and Roeper just gave our movie "Two Thumbs Up"! We hope you will too. Read on.
>The opening weekend for any film is extremely important. Studio executives (the people who make big decisions about movies) track the numbers from that first weekend's ticket sales and make all kinds of decisions based on that data. They decide if they will add more screens to show a film, if they will spend more money in promoting it, if they will start investing in a sequel... but most importantly, they decide if elements of the film work and whether they should do it again. In our case, that means they will be asking, "Will a strong script and story succeed or fail with 2 Asian
>American guys in non-stereotypical roles?". We personally think it will succeed, but we need your help! This film is our chance to prove that realistic, nonstereotypical depictions can make an audience have a blast, and take in enough money to make this happen in the future.
>By buying a ticket to "Harold and Kumar go to White Castle", you >aren't just gonna get to see a really funny movie with two dudes who >look like you. Nope. You're also going to be saying to media >outlets, "I support accurate representation of Asian Americans and >would like to see more." You have the power to change things simply >by buying a ticket to a film that we believe you'll have fun >watching anyway!
>Please go to the theaters on the weekend of July 30th, and watch >"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle". We look at this awesome >opportunity like we do voting in an election. Every movie ticket >someone buys is a VOTE, and the cool part is, you're allowed to vote >as many times as you want. With your support of the film, we will >show decision-makers in Hollywood that supporting movies like these >is not only the right thing to do, but is also good business. We'll >also show YOU what it's like to ride a cheetah, hang glide off a >cliff, pick up a hitchhiking Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser),
>tell off a bunch of ignorant punks, get love interests, and sing >Wilson Phillips at the top of our lungs.
>So just hold on for one more... week, and check out the website at >www.HaroldandKumar.com. This film opens the weekend of July 30th! >Send this email to all of your friends. Throw parties. Order food. >Make a night (or weekend) out of it and go see "Harold and Kumar go >to White Castle"! This is a landmark opportunity for the Asian >American community, and we are proud to be the faces involved. With >your support and the success of this film, we hope that it's only
>the beginning of many more Asian Americans on screen...
>Enjoy the movie,
>Kal Penn and John Cho
>"Kumar" and "Harold"
New Line Cinema's "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"

By Lame (Lame) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 06:12 am: Edit

Ha, my friend's name is John Cho. And I saw it with him today. Omg, funny thing. In the beginnning of it, the white guy goes "better luck tomorrow!" to Harold (Cho), which is the name of his other big movie. And oddly enough, Harold rather accurately portrays how my friend acts, with the exception of the pot thing.

By Soulofheaven8 (Soulofheaven8) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 10:33 am: Edit

Saw it last night and I'd say it was worthwhile. Go see it.

By Duke3d4 (Duke3d4) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 11:12 am: Edit

asian guy's hotter than indian guy

By Soulofheaven8 (Soulofheaven8) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 02:38 pm: Edit

they're both asian

By Brianwilson (Brianwilson) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 05:35 pm: Edit

“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” about two stoned pals on a comic quest for burgers, premiered at No. 7 with $5.15 million."

The movie flopped, oh well.

By Feenotype2 (Feenotype2) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 05:44 pm: Edit

Well, I think we're treating this the wrong way. We're applying summer blockbuster logic to (excuse the term) "cult-classic." This movie is made for a narrow audience (15-25, i would think). These types of movies have more longevity than bang.

It could end up making $20-30m over a period of four week of $5m weekends, as opposed to making $20m at the get-go and making $1-2m after that.

Or it could end up truly being a flop. That's hollywood.

By Eyesclozedtight (Eyesclozedtight) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 06:09 pm: Edit

what about "better luck tommorrow" that movie was all asian leads!(and filmed in my hometown)

By Feenotype2 (Feenotype2) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 08:19 pm: Edit

It probably isn't being counted because it's an MTV movie, as if that changed the equation somehow. If that isn't it, they probably just didn't think about that.

By Calkidd (Calkidd) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 09:50 pm: Edit

Isn't Harold the milf guy from the American Pie movies?

By Crypto86 (Crypto86) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 09:53 pm: Edit

Yeah I think so.

By Zantedeschia (Zantedeschia) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 10:17 pm: Edit

Better Luck Tomorrow was an independent film, whilst white castle is the first Hollywood flick staring Asian-Americans in nonsterotypical roles.

By Justperfect (Justperfect) on Sunday, August 01, 2004 - 10:41 pm: Edit

it will pry make a total of close to $50M,not a lot of money in the theaters but a lot more on dvd mostly b/c of all the video stores that buy it like blockbuster etc

By Fenix_Three (Fenix_Three) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 04:44 am: Edit

Cho was also in a sitcom called Off Centre. Hella funny. Too bad it's not on anymore. I always think his name is Chao (cause that's what it was on the show). Kal and John were also on Kimmel and Loveline (radio show), they sound pretty interesting. I really wanna see the movie... just need money.

By Angeldesignpro (Angeldesignpro) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 09:41 am: Edit

It was such a fantastic movie... glad I saw it on Friday!

By Iamthewalrus (Iamthewalrus) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 11:24 am: Edit

Made 7 something million

Budget was 9 Million

By Milemarker7 (Milemarker7) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 01:21 pm: Edit

Wow. What an amazing movie. I'd definitely see it a few more times. There are so many jokes in it and I would say 75 percent of them make you genuinely laugh out loud. Some of the scenes are so absurd ("you said we could have sex with your wife"), but in the end, the movie conveys it's feel good theme.

It's a refreshing movie...go see it.

By And1baller (And1baller) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 03:20 pm: Edit

i liked it a lot.. i wasn't expecting much as one of my friends said it was lame and had only a few funny parts.. i found myself laughing consistently throughout..

By Clickspring (Clickspring) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 08:21 pm: Edit

That movie was funny as •••, I definetly liked it way more than I thought I would. Go see it

By Brianwilson (Brianwilson) on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 02:41 am: Edit

Nice to start a new thread eh?

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