Just want to make sure everyone sees Kal Penn’s reply to criticism of his film Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. (Or at least a comment by someone posting a long, careful defense under his name.)
A final scene IÂ’d like to clarify is the Â“Bag of Weed Dream SequenceÂ”, in which Kumar fantasizes about, falls in love with, and marries a giant bag of weed. In a bout of post-marital financial hardship and depression, Kumar slaps the weed, calls her a Â“bitchÂ”, and then apologizes… everyone should know that the scene is a parody of (and shot almost exactly like) a very famous scene in the Robert DeNiro film, Â“Raging BullÂ”.
It’s much like my point of view, though I missed the Raging Bull reference:
[T]he bit about slapping a bag of weed is intended to make fun of Kumar and is anti-domestic violence. Kumar is in an undershirt in a slummy apartment, chest hair showing, drinking crummy coffee. It’s enlightened society saying that Archie Bunker-like abusers are uncool troglodytes.
This all was prompted by Abhi’s post quoting South Asian Sisters’ criticism:
Harold and Kumar disappointed us. They represented Asian American men as being homophobic, spineless, sex-crazed misogynists.