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January 31 2007

Mr Universe to rejoin Harold & Kumar. David Krumholtz has signed up to appear in the sequel to Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, also returning from the first film, Alyson Hannigan's How I Met Your Mother co-star Neil Patrick Harris.

This is brilliant! I loved Harold & Kumar. So glad there will be a sequel.
I'm actually looking forward to this. For a dumb stoner comedy, I was impressed that it starred two ethnic minorities as leads and actually used it to make somewhat intelligent jokes rather than playing them as dumb broad stereotypes. It's also weirdly anti-establishment that they're going from celebrating consumer junk food to presumably criticizing Guantanamo Bay.

Also Neil Patrick Harris was hilarious, I wonder how he's going to be integrated into the film this time. Also whether or not he's going to be playing the same broad parody of himself or if they're going to use his recent publicity as new fodder (coming out, being in another successful sitcom, etc).
oh what joy! the barnacle!
I'm not a big fan of Neil Patrick Harris, but I appreciate any actor with comic timing, and his appearance in H&K was damned daring. It paid off, but a lesser talent wouldn't have been able to pull it off.

It reminded me of when Leslie Nielsen did AIRPLANE! Other peers of his were on there too, but Nielsen had that comic magic that enabled him to maneuver into reinvigorating his career.

Whereas, Robert Stack? Not so much.

It's very risky, making fun of your own past performances. And Harris went a step further than Nielsen did - he was making fun of his reputation in the minds of the audience, turning those gossip rags on their ear. It so easily could have been unfunny, but he knocked it out of the park. Gotta give him props for that.

As for a sequel to H&K? Not sure if I like the idea. Sometimes it's best to quit while you're ahead. Anyone remember Bill & Ted?
And of course, Kal Penn (Kumar), appeared on both Buffy and Angel, as one of the caveguys from "Beer Bad", and as the pulsating-brain-killer-vision guy in "That Vision Thing."
Hmmm... If H&K deserves a sequel, why not Serenity?
Well, as Bill Munny might say: "Deserve's got nothin' to do with it" ;(.

Fact is, 'Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies' (as it was called over here) grossed $23 million at the box office (over 2 times its production budget of $9 million) whereas 'Serenity' grossed $38 million (about $1 million less than its production budget). No idea about DVD sales but unless H&K did very bad business and 'Serenity' did very good business I don't see the gap being closed.

In today's movie world the numbers tend to decide these things unfortunately (but also understandably - studios are businesses after all).

(FWIW, I thought the first one had a few laughs - Neil Patrick Harris sent himself up hilariously, especially given recent revelations - and was basically harmless but i'm in no rush to see any sequels, happy enough to wait until they come on TV)
Kal Penn also recently appeared in "24" a show two of David Krumholtz's co-stars have appeared on or are now guest starring on.
I am an H&K fanboy, and I thought NPH definitely rocked in the role of "NPH as a Complete D***". (Hey, Ryan Reynolds had a great, funny little scene in H&K, too!) So, count me as happy to hear there will be another, and extra happy NPH will be part of it. :-)

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