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YMMV / Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Harold's dream after getting knocked unconscious while riding the cheetah.
  • Crazy Awesome: Neil Patrick Harris' drugged-out/sex-crazed version of himself was so memorable that he had to return for the sequels.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Some would say Neil Patrick Harris's role here helped resurrect his career.
    • Despite the extremely exaggerated and Squicky nature of his character, Freakshow proved to be rather popular within the fandom.
    • Rosenberg and Goldstein.
  • First Installment Wins: The first film is a classic. The sequels aren't as well-appreciated.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Harold getting robbed by the racist cop stops being funny when you learn about "civil forfeiture".
  • Heartwarming Moments: Harold and Kumar belting out Wilson Phillips's "Hold On" together in the car.
    • Also doubles as a shoutout to Tommy Boy, when Tommy and Richard initially express disdain for the sappy radio station they're listening to in the car, but end up singing along to the Carpenters' "Superstar" at top volume while sobbing uncontrollably.
  • He Really Can Act: This movie is what really put Neil Patrick Harris' child star life behind him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Neil Patrick Harris plays a drug-addled pervert obsessed with getting women, several years before he publicly came out as homosexual. By the third film, the fictional version of Harris has also come out, but only as part of a strategy to get women into bed.
  • Ho Yay: This movie is positively filled with subtext for Harold and Kumar's relationship.
    • Kumar licks Harold's face because he "thought you'd wake up if I did some gay shit."
  • One-Scene Wonder: Anthony Anderson as the Burger Shack employee. "LET'S BURN THIS MOTHERFUCKER DOWN!"
    • Fred Willard as Dr. Willoughby, who interviews Kumar during his first scene and makes a Freudian Slip after spilling his coffee.
  • Memetic Mutation: Ryan Reynolds saying "But why?".
  • Squick:
    • The "secret ingredient" in the Burger Shack special sauce...animal semen.
    • "Would you like to play Battleshits?"
    • "Who wants first reach-around?"
    • Freakshow. Enough said.