Friday, February 20, 2009
And Speaking of Asian Men...
I love movies, but I must admit that I don't have cable (waste of money and brain waves). I don't subscribe to Netflix (Tried it, wasn't for me). And because I don't earn enough money to head to the cineplex every weekend, I generally use my local library as my own private video store. Well, not really private, but you understand what I mean, right?
Sometimes the pickings are slim, but most times I can find recent hits, classic oldies or that one film I never got around to seeing but really wanted to, or that one film I was really curious about but would have never paid money to actually see in a theater. Like, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle(2004), starring Kal Penn and John Cho. Because I thought the movie was basically targeted to young boys into dumb stoner movies, it was never on the top of my list of 'must-sees.' But the Meltingpot in me was always intrigued by a movie that has developed a cult-following with two Asian leading men (Oh, and a scandalous cameo by Neal Patrick Harris!). So, of course when I recently stumbled on a copy of the film at the library, I scooped it right up. And you know what, I laughed my ass off throughout the whole thing. I made el esposo watch it with me and he laughed too.
But here's why I liked it even more. Even though the movie clearly falls in the dumb stoner/male-bonding/full of fart jokes comedy genre, screenwriters, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, do a pretty good job incorporating some very real racial/cultural issues by both poking fun and making both subtle and overt issues of racism central to the storyline. I give the whole cast and crew an A+ for making a film with a multiracial cast of characters that spares no one from derision and yet ultimately allows two Asian guys to be the heroes of their own destiny (for one night at least.). Don't get me wrong, this is not a Meltingpot family movie, and I don't even know if I'd allow any kids under 16 to watch it. But two grown adults looking to laugh, on a Wednesday night (That's when I watched it, while folding laundry.), I say go for it!
I'm just curious if anyone else out there has seen this film? What were your thoughts? I'm curious if anyone, particularly Asian anyones, were offended by the film? Why? Please share. And what else can I see John Cho in besides the sequel to this movie?
Enjoy the Weekend!